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
Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • In-Room Service
  • Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
  • Parking
Features
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 30
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 2
  • Number of On-Site Restaurants: 1
  • OHG Classification: Moderate First Class
  • Total Exhibit Space (Square Feet): 1,360
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 1,360
  • Total Number of Guest Rooms: 324
  • Year Built: 1928
  • Year Renovated: 2003
Lake Forest, IL  
Capacity: 150
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Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 600
$49.90-$129.90 per person
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Glen Ellyn, IL  
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Reserve 22 provides you with a beautiful and unique setting to host events for friends, family and colleagues. The stunning landscape and scenic vistas of Glen Ellyn's prized Village Links provides the perfect backdrop to enhance your event, creating a truly memorable occasion. Our first class facilities and Above and Beyond customer service make Reserve 22 at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn a great choice to host your next event. Whether your celebration is for your company, your charity or any other special reason, we can accommodate from 8 - 160 guests. A hospitable sanctuary tucked away and preserved exclusively for your enjoyment. We encourage you to unwind and indulge with the help of our refined recipes and relaxing atmosphere. The number 22 represents the 22 lakes that complement our 240 acres of scenic landscape populated by native vegetation and diverse wildlife. As a member of the Audubon Society, our conservation efforts allow you to take in the sights and sounds of nature in class and comfort.
Naperville, IL  
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Lincolnshire, IL  
Capacity: 300
$350-$8,400 per event
You'll find the perfect space for any event at NOAH'S. Our versatile, contemporary design and unique ceiling grid technology offers unprecedented freedom for setting the perfect scene. Whether your style is romantic or modern, organic or dramatic, NOAH'S makes setting the ideal ambiance a breeze. Because we want every element to express your individuality, we are an open-vendor venue and allow you to bring in talent that fits your wedding vision. You call the shots when it comes to the layout, food, décor and other elements of your special day. And our staff will be there every step of the way to make sure your day runs perfectly.
Saint Charles, IL  
Capacity: 900
The Arcada Theatre is a historic theater located in the charming downtown of St. Charles, Illinois. This venue offers a unique experience for any event. The theatre’s historic architecture ambience has an intimate setting that will set your event apart from your basic banquet hall. We are known as the #1 music venue in the midwest with legendary stars that have graced the stage. Also offering Club Arcada, one of the most exclusive entertainment experiences in the Midwest, re-living the glory days of The Roaring Twenties in Chicago! It is located on the third floor of the historic Arcada Theatre, an iconic music hall celebrating its 90th anniversary. Please contact us for more information!
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Capacity: 340
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Capacity: 300
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Capacity: 1100
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