The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile
What We Love
- Streamlined, contemporary style
- Free WiFi
- Spacious rooms by downtown Chicago standards
- Fantastic location less than a block from the Magnificent Mile
- JIMMY Chicago cocktail lounge attracts a young, trendy crowd
What To Know
- The property was refreshed in September 2011
- Central location means there is some street noise
- Overnight valet parking is available for $60 per day (subject to change); self-parking is available for $42 per day
- Pets are permitted for an additional cost of $75 per stay
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a windy day in Chicago, stepping into the lobby of The James Hotel is guaranteed to warm you up. The sleek, wood-paneled lobby radiates a kind of chic comfort. Leather club chairs face overstuffed couches in inviting earth tones amid a rotating collection of contemporary artwork. And there’s more than a little eye candy thanks to the hot crowd that frequents cocktail lounge JIMMY.
Bed & Bath
Upstairs, a tasteful take on a beaded curtain separates low-slung sofas and Noguchi tables from platform beds in some rooms. In others, inky black walls back pillowy beds. Rich textures like velvet, leather and shag carpeting add warmth to the neutral palette of slate, linen and cream. Bathrooms are on the small side but feature Intelligent Nutrients bath products, fluffy towels and marble vanities.
Chicago’s well-cut suits blow their expense accounts on juicy steaks dry-aged with Himalayan salt at the hotel’s David Burke’s Primehouse, named #1 Steakhouse in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. But the real scene is at the cocktail lounge, JIMMY, which is decked out in edgy nouveau-’70s style. Waistline watchers need not fear. The James will arrange for private trainers from a nearby fitness center to help guests burn off the calories — or at least a fraction of them — in the hotel’s 2,500-square-foot gym. Or you can walk it off by trekking to the John Hancock Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the shops lining the Magnificent Mile.
In the Area
On the bustling corner of Rush and Ontario just off the Magnificent Mile, The James Hotel brings a boutique attitude to Chicago’s grandest neighborhood. Rent a bike (or a Segway) and roll through the lakefront, past the Chicago River, across the Navy Pier and around some of the city’s famed neighborhoods. Now that Chicago has its very own Michelin guide, eat at some of the city’s starred restaurants. Within walking distance are Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, and Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha. Don’t miss the laughs at the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. The downtown Art Institute houses famous works including American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.