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The James Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At The James Chicago

Full-service suites and unexpected art in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The Scoop

An oasis of calm amid the chaos of downtown Chicago, The James is an elegant urban boutique hotel just off the Magnificent Mile. Each of the 297 contemporary rooms has separate dining areas with plasma-screen TVs; some include a separate living area with oversize couches, coffee tables, and Eames chairs. Don't overlook the thoughtful design. Curated art is found throughout, from the rotating collection on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art to paintings by Todd White on display in David Burke's Primehouse restaurant.

Insider Tips

Explore the city on foot. The hotel's guided running tour of downtown Chicago takes in the city's renowned art and architecture highlights.

Those who love to explore on their own can stroll just 10 minutes to the lakeshore, or further off to Navy Pier.

Awards and Recognitions

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It List
- Travel + Leisure

Top 10 US Steakhouses, David Burke's Primehouse

World's Best Awards, #29 Top 100 Hotels in US & Canada
- Travel + Leisure

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is approximately 18 miles from the hotel. Anticipate 25-40 minutes of travel time, depending on traffic. You may also elect to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), which is approximately 13 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 20 minutes of travel time.

55 East Ontario, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • 24-Hour Concierge
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • Valet Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa on Property
In-Room Amenities
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • iPod Docks
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Luxury Linens
  • Mini Bars
  • Turndown Service
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar + Lounge
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Chicago

America's "second city" blends urban smarts with down-home hospitality; it's a Midwest metropolis that takes pride in its art museums and sports teams, soaring skyscrapers and leafy parks, and world-class comedy troupes.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: Don't miss the world-famous Field Museum, which is devoted to science, anthropology, and archaeology. Current shows include Genghis Khan (until September 3) and Extreme Mammals (through January 2013).
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
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Admission from $15.

Where to Eat: At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others. An unexpected touch for such a foodie temple? The atmosphere in the dramatically lit town house is decidedly laid-back.
1723 N. Halsted St.
Dinner for two $390.

Where to Drink: There are plenty of good dive bars cranking out unreformed Chicago blues, but at Buddy Guy's Legends you get the real deal, including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy holding court with his guitar.
700 S. Wabash Ave.
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Drinks for two $10.

Where to Shop: Chicago's Sunday Maxwell Street Market is the place to find more than 500 stalls hawking everything from farm-fresh produce to housewares.
South Loop at Desplaines Street and Roosevelt Road.

Architectural tours on the Chicago River.

Architectural tours on the Chicago River.

Why Go Now

August 30 - September 2, 2012
Chicago Jazz Festival
A Labor Day weekend fixture since 1978, Chicago's iconic outdoor festival attracts the biggest names in jazz music. Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Grant Park

November 17, 2012
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Michigan Avenue welcomes the holiday season with a grand parade, special store window displays, and more than a million twinkling lights.
Michigan Avenue.

January - May 2013
Lincoln Park Conservatory's Spring Flower Show
The floral descendants of azaleas that bloomed at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 are among the stars of this annual indoor plant extravaganza.
Lincoln Park Conservatory.

The James Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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