Last Updated on December 12, 2015 by Jody Halsted
When planning a Chicago visit it's important to know what you want to do and find a hotel nearby that will fit your needs. The Omni Chicago Hotel on the “Magnificent Mile” was within walking distance of everything we planned to do. Add that to the hotel's all-suites room plan and its kid friendly features and you have a wonderful family hotel.
Luxury at the Omni Chicago Hotel
We arrived mid-afternoon and were welcomed as we exited our taxi by Javier. As he loaded our bags onto a trolley he directed us to the third floor for hotel check-in. After a very quick check-in a second set of elevators carried us to our suite on the 9th floor.
Our one bedroom corner suite had a open sitting room with pull-out couch, a desk and flat screen television. Through a set of French doors was the bedroom with its plush king bed. A spacious bathroom connected to both rooms. This layout proved perfect for my family of four as my girls are still young enough to find a pull-out couch both fun and comfortable. Opening the wide shade behind our bed I found the view, looking into the Cathedral District, quite beautiful.
Within a few minutes Javier had delivered our bags to our room, as well as the Kids Packs- which my girls immediately opened, anticipating the licorice they knew was inside.
Javier would continue to watch over us through our visit; recognizing us as we left on explorations, giving us directions and even bidding us farewell as we departed. He was fabulous with my daughters, speaking directly to them when they had questions, and even letting Brenna try her rudimentary Spanish with him.
Members of the Select Guest Loyalty Program (free to join) also receive complimentary wi-fi, complimentary morning beverage service and the services of a Loyalty Ambassador to customize your stay. And I would be sorely negligent if I forgot to mention my daughters' favorite Omni Kids perk- milk and cookies delivered at bedtime on your first night!
Breakfast at the Omni Chicago Hotel
The 676 Restaurant in the hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. As we were exploring the city during the day into early evening the only meal we ate at the hotel was breakfast. And what a breakfast they have! While you can order meals from the menu, once we saw the “Art of Breakfast” buffet there was really no need. The buffet is beautifully laid out, rivaling many resorts. Stretching along the shining counter-top you'll find pastries and muffins, prosciutto and cheese, fresh breads and a variety of jams, made-to-order omelets, a potato dish, meats, fruits, and yogurts. The buffet is a bit pricey- $20 for adults, $9.50 for kids 4 to 10, free for children 4 and under- but well worth every penny, giving us plenty of fuel for the day of exploring ahead.
Right on Michigan Avenue
Because the Omni Chicago is right on Michigan Avenue it is within walking distance of any shopping you may want to do. And just across the street from the Disney Store- a joy for my daughters. We spent quite a while in there our first evening finding just “the right” items for them to purchase (with their own money). Also within walking distance is the American Girl Store, the Apple store and hundreds of other retailers.
For family fun both Navy Pier and Millennium Park are within walking distance, with the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum about a mile further.
Rates at the Omni Chicago begin around $229 per night, but many great offers can be found on their website.
Know that parking is a premium in Chicago and valet will cost $52 per night.
Disclosure: I would like to thank Omni Hotels for hosting my family during our time in Chicago. All thoughts and images (unless noted) are my own.