The James Chicago - Magnificent Mile

55 E Ontario St Chicago, IL
Max Capacity: 160 people
An urban hub on the Magnificent Mile and one of Chicago’s most celebrated boutique hotels, The James is a sophisticated nod to Windy City culture. It continues to garner buzz and accolades through its effortless blend of art, warmly modern design, and liberated touches. In addition to its proximity to numerous dining, shopping and nightlife choices, The James is within easy walking distance of celebrated cultural attractions such as Millennium Park and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Experience The James as a culinary destination with David Burke’s Primehouse – named ‘#1 Steakhouse in Chicago’ by Chicago magazine, Primehouse Bar, perfect for after work cocktails and JIMMY Chicago, a craft cocktail lounge. Also featured at The James is The Gym with State-of-the-art workout equipment, The Spa by ASHA, 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, as well as seasonally rotating artwork from local and international artists. Like its sister property in New York, The James Chicago offers complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary triple-distilled in-room water and local area transportation options including bikes and car service. Overnight valet parking is available for $65 per day and self park is available for $42 per day.
Recommendations

The James Hotel: Perfection, An Eventective User from Atlanta, Georgia

I recently visited the James Hotel and it was nothing short of perfect. This hotel is great because you can tell that they put time and effort into everything they do. We only stayed here for two days but it was one of the best hotels that I have ever been to. The rooms were not like regular hotel rooms. They were kept clean and you could tell that they really went above and beyond the call of duty. I almost felt bad for messing up the way that they had arranged the beds. The entire hotel had this ambiance about it that you would have to visit to truly get a feeling of. It felt relaxing even though I was doing work. I was surprised at how friendly the concierge workers were. You could tell that they were not just doing their job. They seemed genuinely interested in how my day was going. I loved how they remembered my name throughout my stay there. I truly was satisfied to see that they included all my charges in the total. This saved me time from having to go back and total everything myself or pay for things separately. The James Hotel is a hotel that I would recommend to absolutely anyone who values great customer service. This hotel is second to none when it comes to making sure that the people who stay here are treated well. I could not find any problems with The James Hotel and it is somewhere I would love to go to again.


Best Chicago Meeting Cenue, An Eventective User from Wilkes-Barre, PA

I travel quite frequently for work and often find myself spending multiple days and nights per week in a hotel. I have had the opportunity to experience some very nice hotels and some hotels in need of serious improvements. I can honestly say, without a doubt, The James Hotel in downtown Chicago was one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at. I expect perfection in hotels and found it here. The hotel itself is a gorgeous building, adding to the city skyline. My bedroom was spacious and attended to on a daily basis. The meeting spaces were abundant and offered up-to-date technology. The hotel was easy to find and had ample parking. The food was excellent and while I was there for quite a few days, almost a week, there was no need to leave the hotel with all the amenities offered (the gym was by far my favorite as it was huge and had a variety of equipment). The meeting rooms were large and small, perfect for any size meeting. The furniture was extremely comfortable and the staff was willing to adjust the temperature as needed. Perhaps my favorite feature of the conference was the opportunity to meet inside or outside. While the weather was beautiful, the hotel has numerous areas outside perfect for gatherings. The grounds were perfectly kept and offered a unique experience for a meeting. I would highly recommend this hotel for your next meeting!

Location
Features
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 30
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 2
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 1,360
  • Year Renovated: 2003
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 1100
$25-$125 per person
Alhambra Palace is a one of a kind, dynamic venue that transports all who enter into another world. Sweeping archways, marble accents, mosaic tile, crystal chandeliers and hand carved sculptures frame the multi-level, 24,000 square foot Moorish- like castle. Artifacts from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco can be seen throughout. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a bar and lounge with intimate alcove seating. To the east is the restaurant which seats 100 people. The Babylon room is part modern, part historic with its curvaceous metal back chairs and stone carved wall hangings depicting scenes from the 13th century. The Alhambra Room, which seats 500 people, is awe –inspiring, soaring three stories high. A full stage with a state of the art sound and lighting system allows Alhambra to host and offer live entertainment. Seating on the expansive ground level and the two tiered circular balconies provide ample room for meeting and small group gathering as well as large scale conferences. Ample space allows for a dance floor, and tables can be added or removed to accommodate a sit down occasion or standing reception. Guided by a waterfall, stairs lead through the Alhambra Hall to the Marrakech Room, a posh and romantic space for more than 200 people. The high ceiling ballroom can be divided with a luxurious floor to ceiling ruby velvet curtains. Oriental rugs framed with leather cushioned settees Oriental rugs and elaborate wood carved Moroccan chairs offer a spot to relax and enjoy. Two private VIP rooms, which accommodate up to 50 people, are also located on the upper level. These elaborately decorated rooms exemplify opulence, making any guest feel like royalty. A world of intrigue and beauty await you for the most memorable experience.
Ingleside, IL  
Capacity: 400
$34.95-$114.95 per person
With more than 25 years experience, hosting weddings is our specialty at Parkway Banquets! We are pleased to offer our amazing venue for your wedding or special event. Located on the shores of beautiful Long Lake in Ingleside, IL, our beautiful, natural setting gives you and your guests a spectacular view! One entire wall of our beautiful facility is located right on the lakefront of Long Lake, which is part of the Chain of Lakes in Lake County, IL. We’re on the border of McHenry County. We are also right next to the forest preserve, so our location is surrounded by nature, not tall buildings and loud, noisy traffic. We are proud to offer: * Lovely outdoor tented ceremony site - rain or shine! * Large, cozy, and inviting reception area with cathedral ceilings, overlooking Long Lake and right next to the forest preserve. * We can host your wedding ceremony right on site under our outdoor tented area (rain or shine!) We will custom decorate our arch and aisle to match your wedding colors at no extra charge. * Wide menu with a vast array of mouth-watering selections to choose from including our fabulous hors d’oeuvres, sweet table, ice cream bar, & much-requested late night snack! * All wedding packages include either a sit-down dinner or a large buffet FOR THE SAME PRICE. * Big dance floor with special up-lighting all around the room! * Expert advice on the hottest DJs, the coolest photographers, crazy creative florists, & the most outstanding cake bakeries & artisans in the area! * BE SURE TO ASK ABOUT OUR NEWEST FACILITY, 'PARKWAY BANQUETS SALON', WITH CAPACITY FOR 400 GUESTS!
Naperville, IL  
Welcome to Bowlero—DuPage County’s coolest place to bowl, dine, play, and celebrate. Hit the lanes and have a ball in a setting that’s perfect for date night, family night, birthday parties, and corporate events that rock the cubicle. When it’s time to host your next birthday, kids party, holiday party, or corporate event, look no further than Bowlero Naperville. Our talented party professionals are special event ninjas trained in the art of awesome celebrations. They’ll do all the work while you have all the fun—that way, you can enjoy all the party perks and none of the party buzzkills (like cleanup).
Joliet, IL  
Capacity: 800
$6.50-$80 per person
BRAND NEW HOTEL Welcome to Joliet's newest Full Service Hotel featuring Rock Run Convention center offering 120 rooms and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Ballroom offering 6,200 sq. ft. Located right off of I-80 and Houbolt Road, minutes from I-55. Onsite Restaurant - Burger Theory tempting your palette with Burgers, Apps and Craft Beers. State of the art fitness center boasting 2,000 sq. ft of spax with a Sauna and Yoga Room. Breakfast is offered from 6:00 am-10:00am, Lunch starts at 11:00. Groups receive one complimentary room per 25 rooms consumed.
Glendale Heights, IL  
Capacity: 600
$5.75-$55 per person
The Hotel and Conference center were both built in 1999 and renovated in 2016. Ramada Hotel & Conference center has over 7000 Sq ft of meeting and Banquet space. We specialize in assortment Weddings, Quinceaneras, corporate conferences, and business meetings. Here at the Ramada Hotel & Conference center we pride ourselves in customer service to achieve and go beyond guest satisfaction. From the Front desk agent to Housekeeping and breakfast staff we are all trained to help guests enjoy their stay whether it's for vacation or business. From check in to check out, every moment at the Ramada is enjoyable!
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 450
Our event space is truly bringing you a little piece of Ireland right to the heart of Chicago. Our pub was constructed in Ireland and features multiple rooms and levels to accommodate your next private or semi-private event. We’ve become a neighborhood favorite for hosting corporate events, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations, reunions, happy hours, office holiday parties and much more. We are proud to work with Chicago’s topmost companies year round. Our full service private event planners make planning customized events easy to maximize every event. We offer a wide variety of high quality food and drink options from light appetizers to full dinners. We’ll customize a menu based on your needs and can adjust for most tastes and budgets. Instagram: fado_chicago Virtual Tour: http://bit.ly/1B9xSAe
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 30
$26.95 per person
Hearth & Crust is a inviting family run neighborhood restaurant. There is a beautiful wood burning oven as well as exposed brick walls. The ambiance is warm yet modern with photographs along the walls. We can book a private party for a party of 2 all the way up to 100. Follow us on instagram @Hearthandcrust
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 55
$25.95-$32.95 per person
Buona Terra specializes in delicious, homemade, Italian cuisine. Open since 2002, Buona Terra has served Logan Square with amazing food, cocktails and a terrific wine selection. We look forward to making your event a singular, unforgettable event! Decor is traditional, making guests feel as if they are walking into a restaurant that has been around forever. Also features a beautiful and painted murals.