The Park Hyatt Chicago, facing ever stiffer competition from newer luxury hotel entries in the Magnificent Mile orbit, nevertheless remains a great choice for families because of the central location optimizing sightseeing and kid-heaven treats. Budding geologists will love the giant crystals and huge marine fossils in the lobby. Chefs at the seventh-floor NoMi restaurant, known for fine wines, city views, and standout American contemporary cuisine, take young foodies to the open kitchen’s soft-serve ice cream dispenser. Older sugar addicts can work off calories in a half-Olympic lap pool or borrow complimentary Jamis commuter bikes to ride the scenic Lakefront Trail four blocks east on the beach side of Lake Shore Drive. Guestrooms have notable design flourishes such as padded window seats, Eames-style chairs, and Mies van der Rohe–designed Brno desks from which to view the city’s famous architecture. One non-family friendly feature: Some standard rooms have an open floor plan, giving the soaking tub a view of the bed as well as Lake Michigan or the Chicago skyline.
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Armani, Bottega Veneta, and Marlowe operate boutiques in the hotel building; Ralph Lauren’s RL Restaurant (115 E. Chicago Ave.), just around the corner, is popular with locals at lunch. Parents with kids in tow will appreciate all the non-shopping activities within a two-block walk: playgrounds, the historic Chicago Water Tower, horse-drawn carriage stands, the observatory at the John Hancock Building, and post-museum treats at both Hershey’s Chocolate (822 N. Michigan Ave.) and Ghiradelli Chocolate Co. (830 N. Michigan Ave.), plus Sprinkles Cupcakes (50 E. Walton St.), which has a cupcake ATM. The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.) are a 20-minute ride south on the number 146 bus. The free Lincoln Park Zoo is a 10-minute ride north on the 151 bus.
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Rooms: 198 rooms; from $260. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Curving windows and the relaxed open kitchen give the seventh-floor NoMi Kitchen dramatic views for casual but high culinary value dining. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner emphasize sushi and new American cooking with seasonal local and regional ingredients. NoMi Lounge serves sushi, charcuterie, seafood small plates and handcrafted cocktails. Everything can be ordered as room service. Spa and gym details: The full-service NoMi Spa is open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily. The 7,000-square-foot gym faces a 25-yard pool fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows and is open 24 hours.
Who’s it for: Families who enjoy some pampering, and business travelers who want to extend their stay and enjoy a weekend exploring the city. Our favorite rooms: Northeast-facing corner executive suites have excellent views of the Chicago Water Tower and Lake Michigan. For a splurge, the 1,400-square-foot one-bedroom apartment Lake Suite is furnished by Bottega Veneta. Lobby perk: The Park Hyatt’s lobby has a library nook with free coffee, bottled water, and a pantry stocked with complimentary fresh baked treats from NoMi Kitchen.