It’s often said that a family vacation isn’t so much a vacation but a trip. We get that— it’s a lot managing trains, planes and automobiles with small children – transitions are hard. Experts say the stress/hassle is worth it as travel expands a kid’s world, making them more empathetic and adaptable humans.

Travel + Leisure Magazine featured an article about family travel a few years ago. Dr. Robin Hancock, a global education specialist with Bank Street College, is quoted in the piece. 

“Travel has the potential to create a new narrative that teaches children about similarities with others which lays a strong foundation, especially in the early years…We have the potential to raise a generation that knows how to live and coexist with each other. The most rapid brain development occurs in the first five years of a child’s life [especially in the first three years]. Surrounding kids from birth to about three years old with people who are different than them “normalizes” that experience,” Hancock says. 

Hancock’s research also points to the importance of exploring neighborhoods versus solely tourist attractions/areas. The Neighborhood Hotel shares this value — being immersed in a neighborhood surrounded by locals makes guests feel extra connected which creates a series of impactful moments. ”It’s going to be meaningful to your child if you find a quiet neighborhood and go for a walk…Inevitably, you’re going to see people sweeping their front yard, local vendors….You’re going to get a better slice of what everyday life is like and your child will too,” Hancock says. 

Now, back to the less glamorous aspect of traveling with kids: all of the stuff. The Neighborhood Hotel has partnerships with Baby’s Away in Chicago and BabyQuip in Southwest Michigan — these companies offer local baby gear rentals — everything from cribs to highchairs, even toys. The bonus: they will deliver everything to the hotel, set it up, and break it down when you leave. On a recent visit to The Neighborhood Hotel Grand Beach, Anne S. says: “BabyQuip stocked our suite with 2 cribs and created an entire playroom in the living room so that our 3 kids had everything they needed to make The Neighborhood Hotel feel just like home.”

It’s a magical world, pack up your kids and get exploring.

About The Neighborhood Hotel

The Neighborhood Hotel was founded by travel enthusiasts who enjoy spaces that inspire, comfort and fuel. Each suite is well equipped for short and longterm stays (i.e. kitchenettes, laundry, etc.). The Neighborhood Hotel aims to transform old buildings with cool history into well outfitted apartment style hotels that honor the old while representing the now. The vibe is fresh + fun with rooms that are stocked to support everyone from the homebody to the adventurer. The Neighborhood Hotel serves as a basecamp for the explorer and a sanctuary for the traveler who needs to recharge, reset or just chill.The suites are simple + clean punctuated by accents that bring the right amount of pop. The Neighborhood Hotel has locations in: Lincoln Park, Little Italy, West Loop (2025 opening), New Buffalo, MI and Grand Beach, MI.

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The Neighborhood Little Italy
Where welcome drinks come in the form of bold espresso + crisp prosecco. We can't wait
Chi? [Who]
The Neighborhood Hotel
Cosa? [What]
Warmth, bellezza, history. The cornerstones of Italian culture that The Neighborhood Little Italy captures in its third + largest location with 35 suites (Studio - 2 bedrooms).
Quando? [When]
Spring/Summer 2023
Dove? [Where]
In the heart of Little Italy! Here, you're nestled in a neighborhood with an old world feel that seamlessly welcomes the new and modern. Plus, the most bustling parts of the city are just a stone's throw away and easily accessible on foot/public transit! Places like: The Illinois Medical District + Fulton Market + West Loop + UIC + The United Center + the Loop.
Perché? [Why]
To experience fun, adventure, and comfort!
Come? [How]
Our buildings have stories ingrained in the walls (in a non-creepy way) - stories that are meant to be told and shared. The Neighborhood Little Italy was formerly the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame which honored the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to benefit athletics in the United States. Once again, we've fallen for a space outfitted with cool history + architecture. Grateful to all of the hard workers and supporters who are turning another NEIGHBORHOOD HOTEL vision/dream into reality!
The Neighborhood Little Italy building design
Rebel House is nailing the design. Soaring ceilings give way to chic urban lofts with sophisticated Italian villa vibes. the top floor's outdoor terraces feature captivating views of the city and the piazza across the street. La vita é bella.
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