Emily Evans

The James Chicago

  • Where:Chicago, Illinois
  • Why:Staycation
  • When:September 2017
  • Who:Me and my one & only.
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The James.

Macarons made in-house, yes please!

Sleek but very comfortable.

Fully stocked.

Perfect nook for a work session or a cocktail.

When on staycation...

Outdoor patio at Primehouse.

Newly remodeled lobby.

Perfect spot for the complimentary happy hour.

Oh sweet Chicago summer.

Highs & Lows

  • The rooms are large, beautiful, and comfortable. Not to mention a 2pm check-in and check-out time.

  • Fresh muffins and coffee in the lobby every morning plus complimentary wine and cheese during happy hour.

  • The lobby was just redone a few months back and provides a great backdrop for planning the day’s activities or catching up on emails.

  • The food at Primehouse is not the most exciting...given all of the great food Chicago has to offer, you may want to venture outside of the hotel for your culinary experiences.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Good-sized boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Minimalist Scandanvian catering to professionals traveling for work or leisure.

  • Location

    Right off Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago.

  • Rooms

    297

  • Music

    None noticeable.

  • Year Opened

    2006

  • Designed By

    Deborah Berke Partners

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool but there is a nice gym and PUBLIC bikes available for exploring the city

  • Restaurant

    Primehouse, a typical Chicago steakhouse with a small patio when the weather allows.

  • Bar

    Yes, Primehouse has a bar and is located on the first floor of the hotel.

  • Minibar

    Mini bar is fully stocked with the essentials for a good cocktail not to mention the daily treats in the lobby.

  • Children

    Bring them! While I didn’t see any children during my visit, the hotel boasts a host of activities and amenities for kids under the “Lil’ James” section of their website.

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

Then head across the street for a cocktail and the best view in town at Cindy’s Rooftop in the Chicago Athletic Associa-tion.

Check out the rotating exhibition at the Art Institute

Art Institute of Chicago, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Then head across the street for a cocktail and the best view in town at Cindy’s Rooftop in the Chicago Athletic Associa-tion.

I recommend cocktails and dinner in Logan Square.

Venture to out to one of the many unique Chicago neighborhoods.

Logan Square, Chicago, IL, United States

I recommend cocktails and dinner in Logan Square.

And take a ride alongside Lake Michigan on the Chicago Lakefront Trail.

Make use of the free PUBLIC bikes at the hotel

Lakefront Trail, Chicago, IL, United States

And take a ride alongside Lake Michigan on the Chicago Lakefront Trail.

The James Chicago

The James Chicago, East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, United States

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