The James Chicago Review

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338 Family Reviews
55 East Ontario, Chicago IL
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Editor’s Review of 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
... more 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.
Our Editor Loves
  • Easy walking distance to Millennium
  • Room lofts featuring movies projected onto the walls
  • Paul Frank pajamas, bikes and car seats for kids
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
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There are many room configurations, with choices from a standard room with two double beds to the exclusive penthouse loft suite with formal living room. We stayed in a 550-square-foot Loft King Suite, perfect for a family of four.

The intriguing layout includes a queen-sized bed that sits behind a steel mesh screen for privacy. The kids slept in a platform bed in the "media room," where DVDs can be projected onto a large wall to create your own private movie screen. Between the two beds there's a sitting area with a dining room table and an iPod dock with speakers.

Other amenities include a plasma-screen television, coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee, complimentary Wi-Fi and daily newspaper delivery. The spacious bathroom features two sinks, a shower, a separate tub, and Kiehl's shampoo and conditioner.