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Family friendly travelling in Chicago

Most popular areas in Chicago for family-friendly hotels

The city of Chicago – a buzzing metropolis based beside the ocean-like Lake Michigan – is full of hotels ready to provide suitable accommodation for a family city break. For immediate access to downtown Chicago’s museums and tranquil green spaces, stay in one of the family-friendly hotels in the Loop area. The Near North area – also in downtown – is similarly flush with family-friendly hotels, but offers a slightly quieter setting. For a relaxed residential vibe with plenty of historic architecture, stay in Lincoln Park.

Top family-friendly hotels in Chicago

The Kimpton Hotel Allegro is a luxurious family-friendly getaway. Located centrally, this glitzy hotel boasts vast air-conditioned ensuite guestrooms, and an in-house restaurant – ideal for when the kids are too hungry to go restaurant hunting. The Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park is a modern Downtown hotel with airy park-view rooms and in-room childcare services. The Hyatt Regency Chicago, meanwhile, is a glittering high-rise hotel whose enormous guestrooms come complete with infant and baby cribs – there are multiple in-house restaurants here, too.

Where to find the best restaurants in Chicago

If you want to treat the kids to an indulgent banquet, dine in one of the restaurants in downtown Chicago – here, you’ll find a mix of family-friendly eateries, from authentic Italian restaurants to steakhouses with extensive kids’ menus. For familiar family-friendly chain restaurants, dine in the River North neighborhood in particular. For quick and easy traditional Chicago takeaway food anywhere in the city, try some deep-dish pizza and a Chicago-style hotdog – served in a poppyseed bun and covered in sweet-pickle relish.

The most popular things to do in Chicago

Take the kids to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a sprawling tree-enclosed park offering free entry. Here, your kids can say hello to gold-maned lions, fluffy penguins, and silver-colored rhinoceroses. The Navy Pier is another unmissable family-friendly Chicago hotspot, a classic amusement pier stretching into the shimmering-blue waters of Lake Michigan. You’ll find retro arcades, cotton-candy sellers, and careening carousels – all sure to entertain the little ones. For an unbeatable view over the city, venture to the 94th floor observation deck in the high-rise John Hancock Building. Known as 360 Chicago, this glass-walled observation deck offers panoramic city and lake views. For an educational afternoon, let the kids loose in the Museum of Science and Industry, a child-friendly museum full of hands-on scientific exhibits.

Best ways to get around Chicago

If you’re spending most of your time in downtown Chicago, it’s quite possible to get around largely by foot. There are wide walkways, and an underground-aboveground Pedway System – a series of pedestrian tunnels, which connect Downtown’s main buildings. The Chicago L – an elevated subway system – whirls and winds around the whole city. There’s a network of public buses, too. For total ease of transport, cruise around by taxicab – these can be hailed on the streets or booked in advance from your hotel.

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