Traveling moms and dads know that a good hotel swimming pool is key to a fun family vacation. Forget seeing all the sights in town: as far as kids are concerned, the hotel pool is where all the fun is! Here are our picks for Chicago's best (kid-friendly!) hotel pools.
In the summer months, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago's outdoor, rooftop pool (photo at top) is a top pick for families visiting the Windy City. As one of the only outdoor, rooftop pools in Chicago’s popular downtown area, the Radisson Blu pool and terrace space is the perfect oasis for parents hoping for a moment of relaxation and kids that want to cool off with a splash.
The hotel's picture-perfect location mean you're steps away from all the sights, including Navy Pier. Family friendly travel packages, such as the Kids Kamping Package, which includes an in-room tent, s’mores kit and more, are yet another draw. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is pet-friendly, too, so you can even bring Fido along for the fun! (221 N. Columbus Drive)
At Chicago's InterContinental Hotel, you can literally dive into an Art Deco treasure. Located on the fourteenth floor, this stunning, indoor pool is commonly referred to as the Johnny Weismuller pool, a testament to the famous Olympic athlete and actor best known for his role as Tarzan, who once trained here. Dive in and imagine you're back in the 30's, when the pool was the place to make a splash in Chicago.
Kids will love the dedicated kids' lane, where they can race to their heart's content. Moms and dads will enjoy relaxing poolside—lots of comfy chaise lounges are perfect for coffee (or cocktail!) sipping. Summer packages include an American Girl Place Experience Getaway (complete with a take-home mini bed for doll-sized guests), a Picnic in the Park package, and a Valet Parking Package that includes in-and-out parking valet services, a big perk for families driving into town. (505 S. Michigan Avenue)
Your kids might recognize this famous hotel swimming pool already: It starred as a backdrop in Home Alone 2 (Kevin loses his trunks while swimming here!). This hotel swimming pool is decidedly luxe, with its turquoise blue waters, classic columns and domed glass ceiling.
The adjacent Fitness Center at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago offers a wide range of luxurious spa services and 24-hour fitness facilities for parents that want some downtime. But the 50-foot indoor swimming pool is where you'll find all the fun. Check out the Family Fun in the City package which includes, among other perks, a room-side visit from the hotel's very own ice cream man! (120 E. Delaware Place)
The Peninsula Chicago’s beautiful indoor pool's best feature is its view: located on the 19th floor, its 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offer unbeatable panoramas of Lake Michigan and the city. It's especially fun for kids in the wintertime, when they can enjoy indoor swim time while outdoors, snowflakes fall on the city.
During warmer weather, catch some rays on the pool's adjoining sun deck. Hungry? In-Room Dining menus are on-hand for a poolside lunch, dinner or snack. Check out the hotel's Keys to the City, an experiential program that offers complimentary access to incredible “only-in-Chicago” experiences including private helicopter tours and VIP access to the Art Institute of Chicago. (108 E. Superior Street)
The 1929 landmark Art Deco Northwest Tower at the corner of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues was recently transformed into The Robey, a beautiful boutique hotel that deftly melds a storied past with modern hospitality.
The hotel's rooftop Cabana Club features an outdoor swimming pool that's small in size but big in breathtaking, 180-degree views of Chicago’s skyline. It's just the right pool for a kid-sized dip on a hot Chicago summer day. Moms and dads will love sipping handcrafted cocktails and catching rays on the Cabana Club's comfy lounge chairs. (2018 W. North Avenue)
Beyond the pool time, fit in a day at the beach! Open from May (Memorial Day) to September (Labor Day), Chicago beaches along Lake Michigan offer free fun for families to splash and build sandcastles. That's just one of 20 ways to cool off this summer. Find more things to do with kids in Chicago, or check out this ready 2-day summer itinerary for families.