151 to Michigan Ave. Bridge; walk east. Amenities: 3 restaurants and lounges; indoor pool; health club;
sauna; business center; 24-hr. room service; massage. In room: A/C, TV w/video games, dataport, minibar,
coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron, safe.
Talbott Hotel Finds The family-owned Talbott is a small, European-style gem
that's one of the city 's best small, independent hotels, and a fine choice for families.
Constructed in the 1920s as an apartment building, the Talbott was converted to a hotel
in 1989. That's great news for families, because the hotel has many suites with two bed-
rooms and two bathrooms, plus kitchen facilities. The location just off the M agnificent
Mile is superb , and it 's across the str eet from an upscale gr ocer, Goddess and G rocer,
which makes it easy to pick up snacks and drinks to stock y our kitchen. The hotel 's
wood-paneled lobby, decorated with leather sofas and v elvety armchairs, two wor king
fireplaces, tapestries, and numer ous French horns used for fo x hunts, is intimate and
inviting. Kids ' amenities ar e sparser her e than at some larger hotels, but the homey
nonchain hotel atmospher e, large suites, av ailability of kitchens, and prime location
make this one of my fav orites for families.
Rooms are decorated in neutral tones, with furnitur e chosen for its r esidential feel,
such as car ved wooden desks, plus E uropean linens and plasma TVs. They vary in size,
so ask when making r eservations. Suites and the hotel 's king r ooms entice with J acuzzi
tubs; suites have separate sitting areas with sofa beds and dining tables.The Talbott is not
for families in need of extensiv e hotel facilities, but the cozy atmospher e and personal
level of ser vice appeal to visitors looking for the feeling of a small inn rather than a
sprawling, corporate hotel.
20 E. Delaware Place (btw. Rush and State sts.), Chicago, IL 60611. & 800/TALBOTT (825-2688) or 312/
944-4970. Fax 312/944-7241. w ww.talbotthotel.com. 149 units . $169-$449 standar d kings; $260-$671
suites. Kids 17 and under stay free in parent's room. Rollaways $20/night; cribs free. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V.
Valet parking $40 with in/out privileges; self-parking $30. Subway/El: Red Line to Chicago/State. Ameni-
ties: Restaurant (Italian); lounge; complimentary access to nearby health club; c oncierge; business ser-
vices; 24-hr. room service; laundry service; dry cleaning. In room: A/C; TV, high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet
access, minibar, hair dryer, iron, safe.
Tremont Hotel Slightly mor e upscale than the
Talbott but with the same small,
European-style feel, the Tremont caters mainly to adults. Suites are the only realistic family
option, as most guest r ooms tend to be on the small (or shall w e say, “intimate”) side. In
fact, all rooms except the suites hav e only one bed and accommodate two people. R ooms
in the Tremont H ouse—a separate building next door—hav e kitchenettes. S uites ar e
designed so one room includes a king-size bed with its o wn television, minibar, and bath-
room. The adjoining living r oom includes a sofa bed, television, minibar , and bathr oom.
The cozy lobby with a fir eplace sets the mood fr om the start. The furnishings are tasteful
without being somber, and rooms are cheery, with yellow walls and large windows.
The steak-and-chops restaurant off the lobb y, the memorabilia-filled M ike Ditka's Res-
taurant (p. 124), is co-owned by the legendary former Chicago Bears football coach.
100 E. Chestnut St. (1 block w est of M ichigan Ave.), Chicago, IL 60611. & 800/621-8133 or 312/751-
1900. Fax 312/751-8650. www.tremontchicago.com. 130 units. $119-$279 double; $199-$299 suite. Kids
17 and under stay free in parent's room. No rollaways (most rooms are too small); cribs free. AE, DC, DISC,
MC, V. Valet parking $40. Sub way/El: Red Line t o Chicago/State. Amenities: Restaurant; small ex ercise
room (and ac cess to nearby health club); c oncierge; business ser vices; massage; bab ysitting; laundr y
service; dry cleaning. In room: A/C, TV/VCR, CD player, high-speed Internet access, minibar, coffeemaker,
hair dryer, iron, safe.