To kids, the hotel pool is everything. If you’re visiting Chicago and want a big, awesome pool for the kids, check out the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center.
Unlike the downtown Chicago hotels, where most pools are small, overcrowded, or too adult-oriented/spa-like, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills – located in the upscale western suburb of Oak Brook Hills – has a huge, kid-friendly pool with games. It’s a nice hotel, too, located on a championship golf course. It’s about a half-hour drive to downtown Chicago (more if there’s bad traffic).
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Special Packages this Winter
- Now through Dec. 24, 2015 -“Shopping with Shrek Package.” Includes the DreamWorks ‘Adventure to Santa’ holiday experience at Oakbrook Center mall, breakfast for two, complimentary transportation to the mall, and a $25 mall gift card. Rates start at $114.
- Dec. 1, 2015 – Feb. 28, 2016, “Winter Wonders for Fido’ Pet Stay & Play Package.” Includes dog biscuits and designer treats, rooms with foam dog beds or cozy crates, water bowls, pet toys, meaty protein snacks, collar bandanas, and other seasonal surprises. The resort’s sprawling property is ideal for long walks. Complimentary leash collars and snowshoes, balls and Frisbees are also available. Package covers one dog that weighs up to 75 pounds, and is based on availability (larger dogs over 75 lbs will be considered by request only). Regular room rates apply, but a $50 pet service fee will be added.
- Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2016, “Winter Getaway Package.” After checking in, guests can explore the property’s 150-acres of hiking trails, picturesque frozen ponds, and snow-laden trees. Snowshoes are available to loan and there are two sled hills. Then warm up next to a fire pit with S’mores and hot chocolate. Includes breakfast for two adults and two children, plus early check-in and late check-out. Rates start at $109
To book any of the packages, go to http://chicagooakbrookhills.hilton.com.
(Speaking of suburban hotels, another one I liked a lot was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read the review here.)