Families love this boutique hotel, not just because of the playful decor (giant curvy couches, humongous ottomans, a baby grand piano) or the fact that kids can choose a leopard or zebra print robe, but for the nightly “Kids Rule” hour between 4 and 5 pm, when the lobby serves popcorn, breaks out the Wii, and passes out coloring books. (As convenience would have it, a hosted wine hour follows from 5 to 6 nightly—cheers Mom and Dad!). But even with its focus on kids, the property is fresh and appeals to trendy travelers, not just the kid set. Although views aren’t particularly special, rooms are spacious and stylish, with soft, blue velvet headboards and a dreamy aqua guitar painting on the walls. As a Kimpton property, expect to find a friendly staff with no airs and fun programming, such as “Guppy Love,” which places a goldfish in your room upon request, and a bike borrowing option. The restaurant, 312 Chicago, which is adjacent to the hotel, fills up with power lunchers during the week.