Chicago's luxury hotels don't just tolerate pint-sized guests, they welcome them with open arms, extending unforgettable perks that make kids feel like stars. From special spa treats to an ice cream cart that visits your guest room, here are three Chicago hotels that go the extra mile to make sure kids are happy during their stay.
Peter Bear, a cheery mascot, welcomes little ones to The Peninsula Chicago, where kids are treated like the little princes and princesses that they all are. The Family Moments Room Package gives families a 50% reduction off the cost of an adjoining room for children under 12. Every kid is welcomed with cookies, popcorn, gummy bears and Jell-O, and video game consoles and even bath toys are available upon request.
Kids can also eat for free from the children's menu and enjoy a range of amenities and programs tailored just for junior guests, including The Peninsula Kids' Academy's collection of cultural and fun activities, special programs and classes designed with children in mind with subjects such as Princess for a Day and Little Bakers and even a field trip to a Chicago Fire House. Don't forget to head up to the Peninsula Sky Rink (above), the highest skating rink in the city, where you can skate figure-eights and take in the gorgeous view of Chicago, or dive into the Peninsula Spa's half Olympic-length indoor swimming pool.
"Mom, I'm bored!" is a statement you'll never hear at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Kids here have access to the private Kids Clubroom, where video games, foosball, board games, arts and crafts, movies and more offer nonstop fun for all kids staying at the hotel. Open daily, the room is complimentary for families to use during their stay (adult supervision is required).
Traveling with teens? The Spa offers services designed specifically for teens, including The O4U Facial, The Chilax Mani/Pedi and The Cut-to-the-Chase Mini Mani/Pedi, all customized for the specific needs of their skin. Parents and kids alike will be thrilled when the Ice Cream Man pays a visit to your guest room: his cart is stocked with sweet treats and terrific toppings so you can create your own special sundaes.
Without leaving the building, families can take advantage of the shops at Water Tower Place while staying at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel. The hotel's Suite Experience Family Fun Package includes a $50 gift card to the shops as well as four tickets to the new Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. Complimentary overnight parking means you can easily park and check right into the hotel. Stay on a Saturday night and kids will enjoy a complimentary cookie-making class. All kids staying at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago will receive a visit from the Kids' Toy Wagon upon arrival, so they can stock up on a toy or two to keep them busy during their stay. Child-size bathrobes and slippers will keep them cozy as they take the elevator up to the 11th floor indoor skylight swimming pool.