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With two art galleries, iconic designer furniture and high-tech amenities, The James Chicago is as cool as it looks. Set on Chicago’s Rush Street (described by Fodor's as "the city's nightlife center"), this hotel is made for night owls. It's sandwiched between River North and Streeterville and just a block from the shops on the Magnificent Mile.
The John Hancock Observatory and Museum of Contemporary Art are a 10-minute walk away. The hotel has free bikes to borrow for adults and kids (warmer months only), and the Grand Red Line subway station is four blocks away for easy access to The Loop. The hotel also has a courtesy car service to the business district (on request).
Back at the hotel, Primehouse is a modern steakhouse by celebrity chef David Burke. Lobster, roast chicken and salads grace the menu, but the highlight is the steak -- all the beef is dry-aged in the on-site Himalayan salt-tiled ageing room.
Don’t miss JIMMY, the hotel’s glamorous tucked-away cocktail spot, for artisan mixes and retro drinks. For light fare, swing round to Burke’s Bacon Bar. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness centre and a spa -- if you've forgotten your headphones, staff will lend you a state-of-the-art pair to use for free during your stay. There’s no pool in the building, but guests can use the one at the hotel across the street for free.
Rooms come with free Wi-Fi and are a minimalist’s dream, and clever room layouts ensure bathrooms are large, with a shower over the bath and full-size toiletries. Many also have cosy dining nooks with a sofa and a table, but the views aren’t that impressive. Upgrade to an apartment for your own wet bar and full-size spirits. Despite being super chic, the hotel is also surprisingly family friendly -- kids are supplied with a welcome kit and there are DVDs and a Nintendo Wii available, plus milk and cookies at turndown. Pets are also welcome (charges apply).
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