The James Chicago Magnificent Mile  4 stars

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, United States, 60611  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

A super chic redux of the old Lenox Suites located in River North features modern yet non sterile rooms that include comfortable beds, alarm clocks which project the time on the ceiling, impressive baths sporting Kiehl products, and of course the to die for aged stakes in David Burke's Primehouse.

Verified Reviews:

  • Staff is wonderful - I highly recommend this hotel - Lobby is small but adequate
  • Television by the bed did not work - Staff were nice - Three towels in the bathroom
  • Service was accomodating - Room was nice - Right down from michigan avenue and near some wonderful restaurants
  • Room was well furnished - Bathroom in my room was very small - 42 inch plasma tv made the room feel larger
  • Rooms were spacious - Beds were very comfortable - Location is pretty perfect for shopping, sightseeing

Overview

One of Chicago’s most celebrated boutique hotels, The James Chicago continues to garner buzz and accolades, thanks to its effortless blend of modern, residential comfort with state-of-the-art technology, environmentally-thoughtful and guest-centric service.

The 297-room luxury boutique, which received recognition on Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards, is centrally located on the corner of Rush and Ontario, steps from Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue shopping district, Millennium Park and renowned museums. Every room is an expression of chic, residential style, enveloping guests in a warm design that is at once luxurious and supremely comfortable. The James Chicago also features the award-winning David Burke’s Primehouse, The Gym with Jim Karas personal training, The Spa by Asha, 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, as well as seasonally rotating artwork.

Like its sister properties in New York and Miami, The James Chicago offers complimentary WiFi, complimentary triple-distilled in-room water and local area transportation options including bikes and car service.

The James Chicago is a non-smoking property. Overnight valet parking is available for $60 per day and self park is available for $42 per day.

Year renovated   2006.  Number of floors   17.  Number of rooms   297.

In the heart of Chicago, just 20 minutes from North Avenue Beach, Flamingo Sculpture and Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. A short distance to a metro station enables you to see St. James Cathedral, The Magnificent Mile and John Hancock Center / Observatory in no time.

The hotel offers excellent location close to parks.

Distance to:

  • City Center - 1.8km
  • Airport: Merrill C Meigs (closed) - 4.1km, Midway - 15.9km
  • Train Station: Millenium Station - 1.1km, Ogilvie Transportation Center - 1.8km
  • Underground station: LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line) - 2.1km, LaSalle \"L\" Station (Blue Line) - 2.1km
  • Bus stop - 100 m

Rooms

Rooms offer modern furnishings and unique touches like an alarm clock that displays the correct time on the ceiling. Bathrooms are fitted with Kiehls bath products and slate floors. Maid service is offered twice daily. This hotel is targeted to the modern day business traveler but offers babysitting services. There are no stated provisions for extra bedding. There is television, 24-hour reception, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa and wellness center, airport shuttle, room service, car rental, ironing service, currency exchange, business center, laundry, dry cleaning, and fax/photocopying. Wireless internet is provided throughout the hotel and is free.

Dining options

Continental breakfast is offered. There is a Lobby Bar located in the comfortable lobby as well as David Burkes Primehouse, serving up wonderful steak dinners.

A full breakfast is served and charges are applicable. 

Work

There are state-of-the-art meeting facilities with lavish audiovisual equipment for any meeting needs. At 7,000 square feet, there is ample room for up to 220 people. Wi-Fi is wired throughout the hotel and is free. There are also fax machines and office services.

Leisure

There is an on-site gym, indoor swimming pool and spa.

Additional features

The gym offers 2,000 square feet of fitness equipment. There is also Spa by Asha which offers professional masseuses. There are state-of-the-art meeting facilities and comfortable common areas with local fine art throughout. There is also an indoor swimming pool to enjoy.

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Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 17 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of USD 30 per night/person for extra beds. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 
Pets

Pets allowed on request at the price of $75

Facilities

General
  • Parking (fee required)
  • Elevator
  • Pets allowed
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge

Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge

Guest Parking

Public hotel parking is possible on site (reservation might be needed) and the rate is $42/$60.

Private hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is USD 60 per day.

Public hotel parking is possible at a location nearby and the rate is USD 34 per day.

Activities
  • Spa & wellness center
Services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Massage services
Dining facilities
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Fitness center
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Heating

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Rooms offer modern furnishings and unique touches like an alarm clock that displays the correct time on the ceiling. Bathrooms are fitted with Kiehls bath products and slate floors. Maid service is offered twice daily. This hotel is targeted to the modern day business traveler but offers babysitting services. There are no stated provisions for extra bedding. There is television, 24-hour reception, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa and wellness center, airport shuttle, room service, car rental, ironing service, currency exchange, business center, laundry, dry cleaning, and fax/photocopying. Wireless internet is provided throughout the hotel and is free.

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The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Guest Room
The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Guest Room
The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Guest Room
Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed or Double Or Twin Beds

Modern room has a workspace and marble bathroom.

Room facilities
    Studio Suite
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    The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Studio Suite Loft Suite
    The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Studio Suite Loft Suite
    The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Studio Suite Loft Suite
    The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Studio Suite Loft Suite
    Bed type: Queen Size Bed or King Size Bed

    This light room comprises a sleeping zone and a living area with sofa. Bathroom has all modern conveniences.

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      One Bedroom Apartment
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      The James Chicago Magnificent Mile One Bedroom Apartment
      The James Chicago Magnificent Mile One Bedroom Apartment
      The James Chicago Magnificent Mile One Bedroom Apartment
      The James Chicago Magnificent Mile One Bedroom Apartment
      Bed type: King Size Bed

      Luxurious room consists of a bedroom, a living room and modern bathroom.

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        The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Penthouse Loft
        The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Penthouse Loft
        The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Penthouse Loft
        The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Penthouse Loft

        Extremely luxurious accommodation offers a comfortable living room with a dining area for six people and a spa bathroom.

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        The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Deluxe Room
        Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed or One Single Bed

        The room offers more space and includes a work desk and a bathroom with all necessary amenities.

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          Loft Suite
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          The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Loft Suite
          The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Loft Suite
          The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Loft Suite
          The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Loft Suite
          Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed

          Luxurious room has a bedroom and a living room with a sofa, armchairs and table. The bathroom has all modern amenities.

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            The James Chicago Magnificent Mile LocationWhat's nearby

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            What's nearby

            What's nearby.

            Located steps from the Miracle Mile, Chicago's version of the Champs Elysees, this hotel is right in the middle of the action. It is accessible by car and there is paid parking in the hotel. There is also an airport shuttle for those flying into the city.

            Attractions for Tourists
            General
            • Chicago Tribune Tower
              300 m
            • Wrigley Building
              400 m
            • Marina City
              500 m
            • Time Life Building
              500 m
            Shopping Areas
            Amusement
            • Screenz
              400 m
            • Amf Bowl Marina City Lanes
              500 m
            Museums
            • Terra Museum of American Art
              100 m
            • Arts Club of Chicago
              200 m
            • Chicago Artist's Coalition
              300 m
            • City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
              400 m
            • Museum of Contemporary Art
              500 m
            • Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
              600 m
            Universities, Institutes
            • Real Estate Education CO
              200 m
            • American College of Surgeons
              200 m
            • Loyola University of Chicago
              400 m
            • Quigley Preparatory Seminary
              500 m
            • Vip Schools Inc
              600 m
            • Northwestern Medical Faculty
              600 m
            Business Areas
            • American Medical Association Headquarters
              200 m
            Medical care and Hospitals
            Casinos
            • Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino
              200 m

            Local Attractions

            • Lyric Opera of Chicago
              1.5km
              Chicago, IL
            • Navy Pier
              1.7km
              600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
            • Flamingo Sculpture
              1.6km
              50 West Adams Street, Chicago
            • Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
              1.6km
              220 South Michigan Ave, Chicago
            • Charnley-Persky House
              1.6km
              1365 North Astor Street, Chicago

            Near the hotel

            • Richard H. Driehaus Museum
              120 m
              40 E. Erie St., Chicago
            • The Magnificent Mile
              220 m
              N Michigan Ave, Chicago
            • St. James Cathedral
              190 m
              65 East Huron Street, Chicago
            • Supernatural Chicago
              320 m
              632 N. Dearborn, Chicago
            • Holy Name Cathedral
              360 m
              735 North State St, Chicago
            • John Hancock Center / Observatory
              600 m
              875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
            • Tribune Tower
              370 m
              435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

            Restaurants Nearby

            • David Burke's Primehouse

              65% likes this, based on 380 reviews
              Food: American, Steakhouse
              Price Range: USD 41 - USD 80

              40 m
              616 N Rush St

              Phone: 312-660-6000

            • e.leaven Food Company

              61% likes this, based on 93 reviews

              30 m
              54 E. Ontario Street

              Phone: (312) 202-0899 ‎

            • Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

              Food: Southwestern, Mexican
              Price Range: USD 16 - USD 16

              40 m
              49 E Ontario St

              Phone: 312-943-4041

            • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

              84% likes this, based on 1111 reviews
              Food: American, Steakhouse, Seafood
              Price Range: USD 43 - USD 82

              150 m
              60 E Grand Ave

              Phone: 312-379-5637

            • Lawry's The Prime Rib

              84% likes this, based on 398 reviews
              Food: American, Steakhouse
              Price Range: USD 31 - USD 51

              70 m
              100 E Ontario St

              Phone: 312-787-5000

            Getting there.

            The hotel is located steps from the Miracle Mile in downtown Chicago. There is an airport shuttle for easy access and there is paid parking in the hotel.

            Getting around.

            It is accessible by car, but there is also an airport shuttle for easy access.

            The James Chicago Magnificent Mile Reviews

            Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The James Chicago Magnificent Mile

            Average guest rating

            7.6
            out of 10
            Excellent
            Based on 37 reviews

            Rating by category:

            Rooms
            7.7
            Service
            6.1
            Value
            7.9
            Dining
            4.5
            Location
            9.5

            Individual guest reviews

            • Great value for money and i liked the location and the modern style. Wonderful desk staff and room really clean. Reasonably priced very good breakfast, nice contemporary styling.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.6
              • Rooms
                10
              • Service
                9
              • Value
                9
              • Dining
                10
            • The location was great as my friend and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful giving tips on to eat, etc. The room was nice and clean.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.0
              • Location
                9
              • Rooms
                9
              • Value
                9
            • Fantastic location just off michigan avenue, friendly, bright rooms and the staff is nice.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                8.0
              • Location
                10
              • Rooms
                6
            • Location downtown friendly staff food was better than expected, excellent breakfast and the best hotel we've stayed in. The room was very clean.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.6
              • Location
                9
              • Rooms
                10
              • Value
                10
            • Great location, exceptional hotel and most of the staff were excellent. The bathroom was nice as well.

              No free movies available in room.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                8.8
              • Location
                10
              • Rooms
                10
              • Service
                6
              • Value
                9
            • Good location at the heart of the city and modern decor. Nice staff, allowed a late checkout and i missed the deadline for reserving a room at an advantageous rate for the spak/schechner wedding. Great bar.

              Window shades did not cut out the light enough.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                8.8
              • Location
                9
              • Rooms
                9
              • Service
                10
              • Value
                7
            • Great location, cool boutique hotel and attractive lobby. Very friendly and attentive staff, concierge was very helpful. The bathroom was perfect.

              In room dining food was not good.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.8
              • Location
                10
              • Rooms
                9
              • Service
                10
              • Value
                10
            • The location was excellent as was the room and the hotel was not over heated as we could control the temperature. Staff were very friendly and all the employees that we encountered were nice and very accommodating. The bed was very comfortable.

              Conditioner just did not seem to make one feel clean.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.2
              • Location
                8
              • Rooms
                10
              • Service
                9
              • Value
                10
            • And the location is fantastic, bathroom from a natural skin care line from Intelligent Nutrients.

              The beds were too small.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                10.0
              • Location
                10
              • Rooms
                10
            • The location is perfect, a few mn away from some excellent places to have dinner and staff is friendly and great. The rooms are very comfortable, the onsite restaurant is pretty good and the facilities the ambiance are all wonderful.

              Perhaps other spa services and bed too soft. My bathtub drain was very slow.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.2
              • Location
                9
              • Rooms
                9
              • Service
                10
              • Value
                9
              • Dining
                9
            • Magnificent mile and excellent location. The hotel hospitality was amazing and the staff were amazing, helpful and friendly. The bed was super comfortable and the restaurant was good.

              Oddly some areas seem a little well worn, elevators can be scarce, hot water should have been hotter.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.6
              • Location
                9
              • Rooms
                9
              • Service
                10
              • Value
                10
              • Dining
                10
            • Lovely staff and great rooms.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.6
              • Rooms
                10
              • Service
                9
            • Excellent staff, soft bed.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                10.0
              • Rooms
                10
              • Service
                10
            • Excellent service and nice bed.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.6
              • Rooms
                9
              • Service
                10
            • Reception good, comfortable beds.

              My rating for the hotel:

              • Average rating
                9.0
              • Rooms
                8
              • Service
                10
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