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FOR: Your sister and her rambunctious family
WHERE: Swissôtel (323 E. Wacker Dr., 312-565-0565, swissotelchicago.com) From $179.
THE GIST: You’ve seen this towering triangle in the skyline countless times. Here’s a news flash for parents (or grandparents): The classy Harry Weese–designed Swissôtel, which underwent an extensive renovation in April, offers great programming for the under-12 set. Kids can swim in the 42nd-floor indoor pool, wolf down an excellent hot breakfast in the restaurant Geneva, and stomp around the playground and park behind the hotel. And while the family suite package may sound steep at $529 a night, consider that it includes a common living space, a separate room for parents, and a colorful kids’ room stocked with toys and games. It also includes four passes to the museum of your choice (a $100 value).
KEY TO SYMBOLS
Good value Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Courtesy of hotel