Where to Stay in Chicago: Family Hotels + Neighborhood Guide

Let’s face it, Chicago is one massive city!

Do a quick search of Chicago neighborhoods and you’ll find¬†over¬†100 neatly defined communities,¬†neighborhoods, and suburban cities. Every neighborhood¬†is a little different, but there’s no doubt Chicagoans love¬†and embrace the uniqueness of each one.

With so many different, unique options, it’s no wonder we had such a¬†hard time narrowing down where we would stay during our family trip to Chicago!

Finding the perfect neighborhood for families with kids requires a unique combination of factors: ease of getting around, unique local culture, great food options, and lots to do at your doorstep too!

Picking the best place to stay in Chicago with kids is a tough task, but here are a few of our favorites to help you make your decision.

Read on for my top 5 Chicago neighborhoods for families:

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Lincoln Park

Best for: outdoorsy families

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is ideal for families who love to get out and explore (especially on a bright, sunny day)!¬†North Avenue Beach, the (free!) Lincoln Park Zoo, and¬†Lincoln Park Conservatory are all a stone’s throw away, while a quick ride on the¬†L will bring you north to Wrigley Field or south to the Magnificent Mile and Loop quite easily. (PS. Don’t miss a Chicago Architecture River Cruise!)

To Do In/Near Lincoln Park | Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, North Avenue Beach, Chicago History Museum

Family Hotels in Lincoln Park

Chicago Getaway Hostel ($)

Hotel Lincoln ($$$)

Or Find Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Lincoln Park

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West Loop

Best for: foodie families

Families who like to eat will love being in West Loop, where tons¬†of Chicago’s newest and trendiest restaurants are located. While the restaurants here wouldn’t exactly be characterized at¬†family-friendly, even an early dinner at The Publican is quite doable (and worth it!). If¬†you’re¬†hard-pressed to get a reservation at Girl & the Goat, a breakfast at sister-restaurant Little Goat¬†will certainly please both the¬†kids and adults.

To Do In/Near West Loop | Randolph Street Market Festival, Mary Bartelme Park, Chicago French Market, Union Station

Family Hotels in West Loop

Homewood Suites by Hilton West Loop ($$)

Ace Hotel Chicago ($$$)

Or Find Family-Friendly Airbnbs in West Loop

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Bucktown

Best for: alternative families

10 years ago, no one probably ever would have recommended this area for families, but…times are changing folks! For families looking for a¬†more¬†eclectic¬†experience, immersed in great culture and casual food options, Bucktown (or even Wicker Park to the south or Logan Square to the west) is a great spot to be! The area is outside the hustle and bustle of the city, yet only a 15 minute ride away on the Blue Line to take you to the heart of the Loop. Not that you’d ever really have to the leave though; Damen Avenue is lined with plenty of shops and restaurants to pack your itinerary and the 606 Bloomingdale Trail offers a¬†neat way to explore¬†the area. (PS. a neighborhood food tour is a great way to spend the day here too!)

To Do In/Near Bucktown | Damen Avenue shopping, Bloomingdale Trail, Wicker Park

Family Hotels in Bucktown

Urban Holiday Lofts ($)

Wicker Park Inn ($$)

Or Find Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Bucktown

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River North

Best for: center-of-the-action families

River North is all about location, location, location. If you want to be close to the Magnificent Mile¬†shopping, Navy Pier, Millenium Park, and an unlimited number of riverfront¬†eateries and¬†sidewalk patios, River North will¬†be perfect for you.¬†You can, of course,¬†hop the L to just about anywhere in the city, but with a location this central you’ll probably find yourself simply walking.¬†Rentals options here vary wildly in price, but you can certainly find a few affordable gems among the ridiculously expensive penthouse condos.

To Do In/Near River North | Magnificent Mile shopping, Navy Pier, Chicago Riverwalk, 360 Chicago, Architecture River Cruise

Family Hotels in River North

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile ($$)

ACME Hotel Company Chicago ($$)

Omni Chicago Suites ($$$)

Or Find Family-Friendly Airbnbs in River North

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South Loop

Best for: budget-savvy families

Want affordable luxury close to all of Chicago’s kid-friendliest activities? Then South Loop may be just right for you. The former industrial area that¬†gave way to¬†high-rise condos took a bit of a beating during the financial¬†crisis. So while¬†things are picking back up here,¬†snagging a 2¬†bedroom luxury condo for under $150/night is quite doable!¬†You¬†may¬†be a slightly¬†removed from some of the¬†city’s sights, but you’ll be steps from the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and¬†Adler Planetarium. And when you’re ready to explore further, you’ll still be well-linked to the rest of the city via public transportation.

To Do In/Near South Loop | Millenium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium

Family Hotels in South Loop

Essex Inn Chicago ($$)

Hilton Chicago ($$)

Marriott Marqius Chicago ($$$)

Or Find Family-Friendly Airbnbs in South Loop

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