Located in the heart of Chicago, THE JAMES offers a stylish alternative for the contemporary business or leisure traveler, and tonight was pure leisure.

An exciting and creative lobby announced THE JAMES commitment to both passive and actively engaging forms of diversion. Amber tones and warm hues, mixed with pop art installations, set the stage for an evening of playful urbanity. We even loved the elevator ride.

Our room combined comfort with high tech amenities, cozy warm beds, flat screen TVs, 100% Turkish cotton towels and robes, with a modern aesthetic that almost had us order in for the night.

But, then Chicago is so lovely this time of year. Beautiful lights everywhere, gorgeous architecture, with a crisp chill revealing the first signs of winter.

The James | 55 E Ontario St Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-1000 



Nothing like a deep-dish cheese pizza from the world famous Giordano’s to keep you warm and put a smile on your face. Small pizza, $13.45 – 730

Giordano’s | N. Rush Street. (312) 951-0747 

Next stop The Signature Lounge …

“Hey, what’s with all these cool elevators?” We enjoyed “Sidecars” and “Cosmopolitans” high atop the John Hancock building and watched the city lights glimmer 360 degrees around.

Sure, it’s touristy. But, the views are simply amazing.

Feature Image: Elevator in the John Hancock Building / AB