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GOOD FOR: Your sister, her husband, and their five little ones
WHERE: Avenue Crowne Plaza (160 E. Huron St.; 312-787-2900, http://avenuehotelchicago.com). From $99.
THE GIST: With pintsize bathrobes, Fatboy beanbag chairs, multicolor bedding, and Wii games in some quarters, this recently renovated 351-room hotel has the most kid appeal of the bunch.
INSIDER TIP: A 40th-floor outdoor pool offers spectacular views of the city.
SCENE AT THE BAR: Connected to the lobby, the English-style pub Elephant & Castle caters to the happy-hour crowd and tourists.