Is your family joining you in Chicago? While you participate at conference, make their stay more comfortable and enjoyable with these great family resources for visiting Chicago.


MPSA offers Childcare Awards to help defray the cost of childcare for parents or guardians that are current members of MPSA, registered and attending the conference, and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on-site, using Jovie of Chicago, a bonded insured childcare provider referred by the conference hotel. Learn more and apply today for a Conference Childcare Award.



Palmer House Hotel

Call (312) 726-7500 to add any of these family-friendly amenities to your reservation:

  • Children’s Menu at Lockwood Restaurant
  • Lockwood Express – Grab & Go favorites for any member of the family. Hours are 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • A limited supply of cribs, rollaway beds and highchairs are available upon request.
  • Ice Machines are located on every floor.
  • Microwaves are available on the 8th, 12th, 17th and 20th floors in the ice machine areas.
  • Pool: Open Daily, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Concierge Desk (312) 917-3477

Chicago Hilton

Call (312) 922-4400 to add any of these family-friendly amenities to your reservation:

  • Kitty O’Sheas restaurant features a children’s menu. Hours of operation are: Monday–Friday: 4:00pm-11:00pm and Saturday–Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – midnight
  • Herb n’’ Kitchen – on the go urban market Hours: Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • Crib are free of cost and available. Roll-aways (cots) are $40 per stay.
  • Ice machines are located on every guest floor.
  • Microwaves are available in grab-n-go for guest use.
  • Pool: Open Daily 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Concierge Desk (312) 786-6210



We have set aside a room for nursing mothers during the conference. If you wish to use the room, please check in at the conference registration desk for room location and access information when you arrive onsite. The nursing mothers room is located only at the Palmer House hotel. Room amenities include:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Disposable Diaper Sacks/Diaper Bags, Unscented, Anti-Mircobial
  • Save Breastmilk Bags
  • Disposable Changing Pads
  • Lanolin Cream
  • Water




Here are listings of family-friendly restaurants to make your family night out easier:

Chicago Activities for Kids (pdf)



Chicago Metro Map | Things to Do in Chicago

Millennium Park
241-299 E Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 742-1168
Millennium Park is located on the east side of downtown, bordered on the west by Michigan Avenue, on the east by Columbus Drive, on the north by Randolph Street, and on the south by Monroe Street. Primary Chicago public transportation to the park is either the Michigan Avenue CTA bus #151, or the Red Line subway train, Randolph stop. Admission to Millennium Park is free, and is open daily from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Lake Shore Park
808 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 742-7891
Lake Shore Park offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities – including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds, and a playground. Inside is a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center, and meeting rooms. Admission to Millennium Park is free, and is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Maggie Daley Park
337 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-3000
The former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site has been transformed into Maggie Daley Park, a magnificent lakefront recreation center. Visit to learn more about the park and all its features and center operating hours. Park Hours: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Park 574
2540 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
This colorful play lot boasts fun for all ages. Big kids will love the zipline, 22-foot slide and pummel horses, while little ones will appreciate the rubbery surface, raised play structures and various things to climb on. Adults aren’t left out, either: There’s a walking path complete with fitness circuit equipment. When warm weather hits, there is also a natural stone water-spray area.



Advocate Clinic at Walgreens

0.1 mi
151 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Store Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat  08:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Clinic Hours:
M-F 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Sat  Closed
Sun Closed

Advocate Clinic at Walgreens

0.3 mi
79 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Store Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM – 08:00 PM
Sat  09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Sun Closed
Clinic Hours:
M-F 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Sat  Closed
Sun Closed

CVS – Store #3674

0.13 mi
105 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
Store & Photo Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat  08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

CVS – Store #8699

0.2 mi
137 uth State Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Store & Photo Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Sat  08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun ClosedMinuteClinic Hours:
M-F 07:30 AM – 1:30 PM; 02:30-6:30 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Michigan Avenue Immediate Care

0.6 mi
180 Michigan Ave #1605
Chicago, IL 60601
Clinic Hours:
M-F 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Sat  09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Sun Closed


0.2 mi
122 S Michigan Ave Fl 1
Chicago, IL 60603
Store Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat  08:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun 08:00 AM – 12:00 AM


0.6 mi
2 N State St #1 #1
Chicago, IL 60602
Store Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat  08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 227-4000

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
2525 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-2000

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 926-2000

Rush University Medical Center
1653 W Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5000

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1740 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612
(866) 600-2273

University of Chicago Medicine
150 E Huron St #900, Chicago, IL 60611
(773) 834-4150