Chicago is often lovingly referred to as Chiberia in the winter by us locals due to its below freezing temps, gusty winds, and snowy conditions. As a native Chicagoan, I know Chicago is still super fun for families in the winter time but it does require a little extra planning.
The most important aspect of planning a winter visit to Chicago is to select a downtown hotel in a great central location to sightseeing and shopping. A hotel with lots of fun things to do inside the hotel when the family comes back to warm up and relax is a must.
A few weeks ago, my family and I experienced the Snowed Inn package at the new Loews Chicago Hotel and I definitely recommend it for families planning trips to Chicago this winter!
These were our favorite benefits of the Snowed Inn Package:
Pillow Forts: Pillow Forts are complimentary with the Snowed Inn package and will be all set up in the room ahead of time. When we opened the door to the room and my 5 year old Harry discovered his snow fort complete with a lamp inside he was in heaven! He filled the fort with his toys and played for hours.
Cookies and Hot Chocolate: Upon check in we received two tins of freshly baked Gingerbread Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies from the kitchen of Executive pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw and hot chocolate pods to brew in our room later. The cookies were so delicious I had to share the recipe!
Perfect Chicago Location with Free Valet Parking: The Loews Chicago Hotel is a great home base for families looking to explore the Best of Chicago. The hotel is located just blocks from the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Maggie Daley Park, the Museum Campus, Lake Michigan, and the riverwalk. Free valet parking makes driving in a pleasure for locals like me.
Indoor Pool: It might be cold outside but it’s warm at the indoor pool. We had a blast splashing and playing together.
20% off discount at the Spa: Mom and dad can take turns watching the kids perfect their cannon balls while each parent sneaks off to the spa for some alone time to take advantage of a 20% discount on spa treatments.
20% off meals and a Free In Room Movie: Get cozy in the room and order your free in room movie and some room service. Little foodies will love the Tiny Tots Bites on the kids menu featuring nutritious and delicious options like grilled chicken breast or roasted flat iron steak.
Awesome Views: Harry was in awe of our spectacular view of Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. Stunning!
Loews Loves Pets: Loews lets you bring Fido and Kitty along for the fun! They even feature a pet room service menu of all locally sourced pet foods custom made for lucky cat and dog hotel guests.