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The James Chicago

55 East Ontario St. 
Chicago, IL 60611


The James Hotels

The James Hotels are for travelers in pursuit of local immersion, inspiration and cultural adventure-for a creative set seeking authenticity and connection, to themselves and others. Our approach is to help open your mind, nourish your spirit, and create an environment that allows you to access your best self. Our service is intuitive, personalized, and conscious. Our attitude is enlightened. We are connected to our guests' every need-mind, body, and soul.

The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile
The 297-room luxury boutique, which received recognition on Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, is ideally situated on the corner of Rush and Ontario streets, steps from Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district, Millennium Park and renowned museums. Every room is an expression of warm, residential style, enveloping guests in a design that is at once luxurious and supremely comfortable. Experience The James as a culinary destination with award-winning restaurant, James Kitchen and Bar - perfect for after work cocktails and The Patio - a seasonal alfresco dining spot. Also featured is The Gym, The Spa by ASHA, 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, as well as seasonally rotating artwork from local and international artists.

Exclusive SmartNights Amenities

  • Breakfast for two daily at The James Kitchen+Bar, or through room service ($50 maximum credit per room, per day)
  • Welcome Amenity: Fruit and Water
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of booking:
  • Upgrade to Studio Queen or King
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of departure:
  • Late Check-Out, 2:00 PM

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 2:00 PM


Number of Rooms: 297


Guestrooms feature a contemporary layout and a palette of warm tones. From the streamlined dark wood platform bed to the private work/dining niche, from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the HD SMART TVs, every element has been selected or designed with the guests' personal needs in mind.

Studios and Loft Suites

Studio and Loft Suites offer all the guest-centric features of the Guestrooms plus a spacious living area, a full bottle wet bar and, in the Lofts, a private media room.

One-Bedroom Apartments

One-Bedroom Apartments are designed in true residential style featuring a living room with separate bedroom, wet bar, dining area and spacious bathroom.

Penthouse Lofts

Penthouse Lofts represent the ultimate in luxury cosmopolitan living. Meticulous craftsmanship and uncommon spaciousness distinguish these magnificent 1,400-square-foot one- or two-bedroom accommodations. Striking a balance between active engagement and pure comfort, the formal living area features an oversized sectional sofa covered with mohair and down-filled cushions, an HD SMART TV, and an Apple iBook-based entertainment system with full-suite surround sound. American modern classics like an Eames lounge chair complete the timeless look.


Guest Services

24-Hour Business Center

24-Hour Concierge

24-Hour Room Service

Business Services

Shoe Shine Service

Turndown Service

Twice-Daily Housekeeping

Valet Parking

ATM Services

Baby Cribs Available

Boutiques Nearby

CD & DVD Library

Complimentary Bikes

Complimentary Health Club Access

Complimentary High Speed Internet Access

Complimentary Local Transportation

Complimentary Wireless (WiFi) Internet

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services


Executive / VIP Services

Guest Relation Manager

In-room Spa Services

Indoor Parking

iPod Docking Stations

Personal Trainers


Sightseeing & Excursions

24-Hour Fitness Center

24-Hour Valet Service

Bell Staff

Business Center

Butler Service on Request

Car Rental Counter

Complimentary Morning Coffee Service

Ice & Vending Machines

Postal Services

Room Service

VIP Rooms & Services



Fitness Center

Meeting & Conference Facilities



Boardroom Meeting Space

Business Center

High-Speed Internet Access

Interactive TY System


Lobby Lounge

Massage Rooms

Movie Library



Pool Table

Private Dining Facilities


Spa Treatment In Room


Valet Parking

Wine Room



Named “#1 Steakhouse in Chicago” by Chicago magazine, Primehouse redefines the modern American steakhouse by pushing the envelope of culinary creativity. The commitment to quality is evident in the use of USDA prime grade, hand-selected beef. The restaurant dry-ages its meats in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise. The result is perfectly marble-ized, tender beef with a rich depth of flavor.


Museum of Contemporary Art

One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

220 East Chicago Avenue 

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession's highest ethical standards and practices.

Voted '#1 Museum in the World' by Trip Advisor

111 South Michigan Avenue 

Millennium Park

Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

201 East Randolph 

John Hancock Observatory

Conveniently located along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile ®, 360 CHICAGO at The John Hancock Building soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer visitors the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states. Also enjoy the interactive technologies, TILT the new exhilarating angle on Chicago.

875 North Michigan Avenue 

Magnificent Mile

Featuring 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique attractions, The Magnificent Mile is located on Michigan Avenue and runs south from the banks of the Chicago River and north to Oak Street.  

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other.


Map / Location

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The James is ideally situated right in the heart of downtown Chicago, just steps from Michigan Avenue. In addition to its proximity to numerous dining, shopping and nightlife choices along the world famous Magnificent Mile, The James is within easy walking distance of such celebrated cultural attractions as Millennium Park and The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nearby airports: Chicago (ORD)
Distance: 15 Miles