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"Aimed at sophisticated travellers" -- Frommer's
Loft Penthouse Loft Suite Double Room and Double Deluxe Apartment Suite

The James Chicago

River North, Chicago
  • Great for nightlife & one block from the shops on Magnificent Mile
  • Sample Himalayan salt-aged beef at Primehouse or hole up at JIMMY, the tucked-away cocktail lounge
  • There are free bikes to borrow & a local car service to the business district
  • Sights such as the John Hancock Observatory are an easy walk
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55 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL, 60611
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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).

From the press:
  • "A boutique hotel of the sleek, minimalist variety, the James is aimed at sophisticated travellers who prefer luxury with a contemporary spin" -- Frommer's
  • "Sleek and contemporary, this boutique hotel has a prime location on Rush Street, the city's nightlife centre" -- Fodor's
  • "Opened in April 2006, The James marries a residential vibe to a hotel setting" -- Travel + Leisure


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 2pm.

Children and additional guests

  • Pack n Play available on request, free of charge for children ages 18 months and under.

    Extra bed available on request for children ages 5 and under. Extra bed available on request and in all rooms excluding standard rooms: $30 per night for adults.

    Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.


  • Pets are allowed on request. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

It’s 30 minutes by taxi from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the hotel. Valet parking is available for those arriving by car (charges apply).


  • 55 E Ontario St
  • Chicago, IL, 60611
  • United States

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

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