River North

The James Chicago

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Art-filled boutique hotel one block from Magnificent Mile shopping
  • Guest rooms feature 48-inch smart TVs, free Wi-Fi and welcome amenities for kids
  • Primehouse, one of the city's best steakhouses, is on site
  • There are free bikes to borrow and local car service to the Loop

"One of Chicago's top luxury hotels" -- Oyster.com
Enjoyed This
(140 Member Ratings)
"Staff was excellent! Great stay, highly recommend!"
Nov 13, 2017
Western Springs, IL, USA

Map & Directions

It’s 30 minutes by taxi from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the hotel. A taxi is approximately $40-$45. Valet parking is available for those arriving by car (extra charge applies).

Rooms & Rates

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With a mid-century modern vibe full of fun amenities and high-tech perks, The James is as cool as it looks and certainly earns its spot on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Hotels in Chicago. Despite being super chic, the hotel is also surprisingly family-friendly -- kids are supplied with a welcome kit and milk and cookies at turndown. 

Guest rooms are bright, surprisingly spacious and a minimalist’s dream, decorated in white and wood-grain accents. Clever room layouts ensure bathrooms are large, and all rooms were just upgraded with the KEYPR in-room concierge tablet system -- you can arrange a wake-up call, order ice or more towels just by tapping the touch-screen (currently, The James is the only hotel in Chicago with this feature). 

Many rooms also have cozy dining nooks with a sofa and a table. Our favorite are the family-friendly suites, with a separate media corner featuring a DVD player and projector TV to entertain the kids. Rooms include electric kettles with Starbucks Via coffee as well as pantries featuring snacks and a variety of drink options. This part of the city can get noisy, but rooms facing the interior courtyard get a quieter stay.  

The on-site Primehouse restaurant is a modern steakhouse regularly named among the best in the city -- no small feat in a steak-happy city like Chicago. There's also a Primehouse Bar & Patio for drinks and outdoor dining, and the hotel also has an expansive 24-hour fitness center and a full-service spa which includes an aromatherapy foot bath with each service. 

Surrounding the hotel are the countless shops, restaurants and bars of River North -- Lawry's The Prime Rib is just across the street, the expansive Eataly complex is a block away and the Magnificent Mile is just as close. Wi-Fi access is free, there's a car service that can take you around the Loop and River North and pets are welcome (though an extra charge does apply). You can even arrange for in-room bartender service with mixology lessons on request. 

From the press:
  • "[A] sophisticated ode to design ... feels like the residence of a Mad Men character" -- The Telegraph UK
  • "This trendy boutique hotel has a prime location and comfortable, contemporary rooms" -- Fodor’s
  • "[This] sleek downtown hotel-residence attracts style-conscious travelers with its emphasis on extras" -- Conde Nast Traveler



  • 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.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 2pm.

Children and additional guests: Pack 'n Play available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child age 18 months and under. Extra bed available on request (and based on availability), for one child or one adult.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged $75.00 (subject to tax) per stay (non-refundable). Charges will be applied by hotel.

Fees: A Hotel Facilities Fee of $17.55 (including tax) per day applies and be added to your bill at the hotel.
This fee includes:

  • A $10 daily food and drink credit to our award-winning restaurant, Primehouse or in-room dining*
  • James Club amenities including daily coffee and tea, and a wine reception with light fare and late-night bites in the lobby
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • 24/7 Concierge services
  • Overnight shoeshine
  • Magazines and newspapers available
  • Unlimited local and long distance phone calls
  • In-room coffee and tea offerings
*Must be redeemed daily, credit may not be rolled over
**Fee is exclusive of service gratuities

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $65.00 (subject to tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. In and out privileges included. Oversize vehicles not allowed. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

It is the responsibility of the hotel chain and/or the individual property to ensure the accuracy of the photos displayed. Travelzoo is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the photos.

Enjoyed This
(140 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for James Hotel Chicago (Denihan Hospitality) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff was excellent! Great stay, highly recommend!
Edward Nov 13, 2017 Western Springs, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was wonderful, the bonuses like wine and cheese every night, complimentary drinks, the amazing rooms. It was all fantastic!
Jordan Nov 12, 2017 Hanover, NH, USA
Enjoyed Most
Tim the consierge was so helpful and right in point with recommendations To make our Chicago experience amazing
robinn Nov 12, 2017 Medford, NJ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Awesome location - easy walk to Magnificent Mile, Red Line train, city attractions.
Chen Nov 11, 2017 Washington, DC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Celebrating our anniversary there. Complementary bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries were left in the room for us. The room was very quiet, the bed was very comfortable. Ate breakfast at onsite restaurant. Had a very good meal, prices were reasonable. Walking distance to restaurants and shopping.
Nancy Oct 30, 2017 Warrenville, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
friendly, helpful clerk at front desk when I checked in the evening of 10/26
Alan Oct 28, 2017 Peoria, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
It has a nice atmosphere overall and it was quiet at night.
Other Comments
The room was a decent size but a bit spartan in its furnishings which were a bit worn out.
Kurt Oct 26, 2017 Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The James is a modern hotel with a lot of character.
Jodi Oct 26, 2017 Delray Beach, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The room was very spacious and nicely appointed.
Frances Oct 23, 2017 Chicago, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The concierge was extraordinarily helpful! Also, the beds were really comfy.
Other Comments
Utilize the concierge! He's the best.
Jennifer Oct 02, 2017 Adrian, MI, USA

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