River North

The James Chicago

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Karl Klockars
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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 a local car service to the Loop

"One of Chicago's top luxury hotels" -- Oyster.com

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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Overview

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 (and The James is the only hotel in Chicago to currently feature it). 

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 also include electric kettles with Starbucks Via coffee, and 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 onsite restaurant, Primehouse, is a modern steakhouse regularly named among the best in the city -- no small feat in a steak-happy city like Chicago. It features an on-site Himalayan salt-tiled dry-aging room for its cuts of beef, which age for weeks to bring out a more concentrated steak flavor. There's also a Primehouse Bar & Patio for 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. There’s no pool in the building, but guests have access to one at another hotel across the street for free.

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 is a block away and the Magnificent Mile is just as close. Wi-Fi access is free, there's a car service which 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. 

You should note that when we visited, the lobby was undergoing a revamp, so guests proceed to the second floor on arrival to check in, but otherwise the impact is minimal and should be complete by mid-spring.

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

Amenities

General

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

Services

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

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

Parking

  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • 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.

Policies

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

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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.

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

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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