privileges. Bus: 151 to Delaware St. Pets accepted with $25 fee. Amenities: Restaurant (American); cafe;
health club; sauna; children's programs; 24-hr. room service. In room: A/C, TV w/video games, high-speed
Internet access, minibar, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron.
Red Roof Inn Chicago Do wntown Value This hotel is y our best bet for the
lowest-priced lodgings in downtown Chicago. The location is its main selling point: right
off the M agnificent Mile (and within blocks of the Ritz-Carlton and P eninsula, where
rooms will cost y ou at least four times as much). The guest r ooms are stark and small
(much like the off-the-highway Red Roof Inns), but the hotel makes continual efforts to
update linens and r oom decor. Ask for a r oom facing O ntario Street, where you'll get
western exposure and some natural light (rooms in other parts of the hotel look right into
neighboring office buildings). For a family of thr ee or four, go for the king suite, which
has a sofa bed, microwave, and refrigerator. Room service is available through Coco Pazzo
Café (p. 127), an excellent northern Italian restaurant around the corner from the hotel's
162 E. Ontario St. ( 1 / 2 block east of Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL 60611. & 800/733-7663 or 312/787-3580.
Fax 312/787-1299. www.redroof-chicago-downtown.com. 195 units. $100-$140 double; $110-$159 king
suite. Kids 17 and under sta y free in par ent's room. No r ollaways; cribs fr ee. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Valet
parking $28 with no in/out privileges. Subway/El: Red Line to Grand/State. Amenities: Business services;
free morning coffee in lobby. In room: A/C, TV w/pay movies, dataport, hair dryer, iron.
4 RIVER NORTH
The name “River North” designates a vast area parallel to the Magnificent Mile. The zone
is bounded b y the riv er to the w est and south, and r oughly by Clark Street to the east
and by Chicago Avenue to the north. The earthy red-brick buildings that characterize the
area were once war ehouses of v arious kinds and today form the cor e of Chicago 's art-
gallery district. The neighborhood also has spawned many of the city 's trendiest restau-
rants. You'll find many of the city 's family-friendly hotels her e. That, coupled with the
proximity of tourist draws such as the H ard R ock Cafe, Rainfor est Café, and ESPN
Zone, means River North is an area families should consider when booking a hotel.
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago —Downtown You might fancy y ourself in
Florida when you first set foot in this hotel, where a gushing waterfall and palm- and fern-
lined landscaped ponds lie at the bottom of the huge central atrium. B ut you're not in the
Tropics: You're in one of Chicago's most family-friendly hotels, even though it bills itself as
a business hotel and does a healthy conv ention business. A ccommodations ar e spacious
enough for parents and kids: All guest r ooms are suites, which have two rooms, consisting
of a living r oom with a sleeper sofa, a r ound table, and four chairs; and a bedr oom with
either a king-siz e bed or two double beds. G uests staying on the VIP floor get nightly
turndown service and in-room fax machines and robes. At one end of the atrium, the hotel
serves a complimentar y cooked-to-order breakfast and, at the other end, it supplies com-
plimentary cocktails and snacks in the ev ening. And yes, there's a pool. On the weekends,
step into the elevator and you'll find plenty of Chicago-area families with kids wrapped in
towels making good use of the hotel as a w eekend getaway.