The James Chicago

The James Chicago

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Surrounded by museums and designer shopping, and filled with award-winning art and food, the James Chicago hotel may well embody everything we love about the Windy City. And, with sprawling, mid-century-modern-decorated rooms – did we mention the private media alcoves? – you might just consider moving in, whether you’ve brought along the kiddies, the pup or your better half.

Highlights:

  • Central location

  • Award-winning dining

  • Artistic sensibilities

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The Spa by Asha offers both in-spa and in-room treatments. Work out solo at the 2,000 sq ft, 24-hour gym, make an appointment with a personal trainer or try out one of the customized fitness programs designed by fitness guru Jim Karas.The hotel is filled with paintings, sculptures and other works by local artists, from Joel Ross’ Room 28 to the floor-to-ceiling lift-side print of trees. Scan the QR code next to each with your smartphone for info on each piece.

Packing tips:

Runners needn’t worry about bringing trail maps; the hotel provides run/walk maps for lakeside paths and scenic city routes.

Dress code:

Relaxed and unpretentious. Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans work just as well as a well-pressed button-up and peep-toe heels. If you want to get into the restaurant’s mood, throw on some cowboy boots in a nod toward David Burke, who owns his own bull.

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Accommodation details

Address:

55 East Ontario, Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States
Chicago
USA

Location:

1.0 mi / 1.6 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

As the chef of record for two of the three James hotels, acclaimed restaurateur David Burke has created one of Chicago’s most iconic and popular steakhouses in David Burke’s Primehouse. Considering the Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on the premises – ask for a tour when you make your reservation – the range of steaks and the award-winning burger are must-trys, but you’d be remiss to skimp on whimsical starters like the Kobe beef corn dogs and pretzel-crusted crab cakes. In the warmer months, chef Rick Gresh often uses a special al fresco menu to highlight the local fruits and vegetables that are often overshadowed by the meat. Breakfast offers something for everyone, from fresh juices to fluffy omelettes to a short rib breakfast sandwich on a bagel.

Top table:

For an intimate dining experience, book one of the corner booths and settle into the overstuffed red leather banquettes. For a truly memorable experience, book the chef's table in the private dining room.

Last orders:

The restaurant serves breakfast from 7am daily, lunch or brunch from 11am to 3pm and dinner from 5:30pm until 10pm. The Primehouse Bar serves cocktails, wine and beer until approximately midnight on weeknights, 2am Fridays and Saturdays.

Room service:

The full Primehouse menu is available in room during restaurant hours. A late night snacks menu is available from 10pm to 7am.

Hotel bar:

An extension of Primehouse that spills out into the relaxed lobby, the Primehouse Bar serves up a curated list of well-mixed cocktails, international wines and connoisseur-pleasing beers to a lively crowd of locals and visitors. A separate menu of creative caviars and cheeses paired with local spirits is available exclusively in the bar, though you can also order from the Primehouse menu. 

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