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Families will love:

  • Easy walking distance to Millennium
  • Room lofts featuring movies projected onto the walls
  • Paul Frank pajamas, bikes and car seats for kids
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About The James Chicago

Autograph hounds waited patiently outside The James Chicago, having heard that the band Maroon 5 was staying at the hotel before their concert that evening. When the band made their way outside, the paparazzi clicked their photos and the excited fans got to meet their musical idols. Meanwhile inside the stylish hotel, voted one of the world's top lodgings by Travel & Leisure since its debut in 2006, families planned their day with the concierge. It doesn't matter who you are, the James serves as the perfect welcome mat for the city of Chicago.

The James is ideally situated in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Orlando and Rush Street, steps away from the shopping on Michigan Avenue and within easy walking distance to Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other popular sites. That is, if you can tear your kids away from the comfy confines of your room. The hotel features 26 lofts, where families can watch movies on the wall of a so-called media room. Then there's the collaboration with designer Paul Frank, who provides young guests with pajamas, along with milk and cookies at turn down. And Paul Frank-designed bikes are at your disposal to pedal along the nearby Lake Michigan waterfront. There are even Paul Frank-designed car seats for families who rent cars.

Additional amenities for children include a well-stocked children's book and DVD collection and a children's menu served at the hotel's restaurant, David Burke's Primehouse. Mom and dad will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness equipment and three treatment rooms of the gym and spa located in the lower level of the hotel. The James Chicago really does cater to all.

Written by Stephen Jermanok

Best for:

  • Tots (0-2)
  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining

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