Free WiFi throughout, spa, gym, DVD library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar or wet-bar, bathrobes, Intelligent Nutrients toiletries.
Loft suites not only have plenty of well-appointed entertaining space, but they also include a media room, where a raised lounge bed and a projector let you relax and watch a movie on the big-screen after a day out and about.
Runners needn’t worry about bringing trail maps; the hotel provides run/walk maps for lakeside paths and scenic city routes.
The Spa by Asha offers both in-spa and in-room treatments. Work out solo at the 2,000 sq ft, 24-hour gym, make an appointment with a personal trainer or try out one of the customized fitness programs designed by fitness guru Jim Karas.
Dogs and cats of any size are welcome to stay, for US$75 per booking. All pets receive an organic doggie bed, food and water bowls, a welcome treat bag, 15 per cent off at Tails in the City pet boutique and a special Burke Bark Bites room service menu. See more pet-friendly hotels in Chicago.
Little ones will be stylishly cared for with kid-sized bikes, car seats and colouring books. Children’s menu options are available in both David Burke’s Primehouse and room service.
Little ones will be stylishly cared for with the Lil' James program, which includes a special welcome pack in a James backpack, arts and crafts from Kiwi Crate, kid-sized bikes, kid-friendly movies and more. Children’s menu options are available in both David Burke’s Primehouse and room service.
Rollaways (US$30) and cribs (free) are available in all rooms except the penthouses and apartments. Two penthouses and six king rooms offer interconnecting rooms. The media room lounge in Lofts can be converted into a full-size bed.
During the warmer months, bicycles for children are available to borrow, so the whole family can ride along the lake. Kiwi Crate provides hands-on arts and crafts and science activities so kids can play creatively at the hotel or on the road. For those who love to colour, the Urban Infant Inner City Artist colouring kit will keep them entertained. Child-friendly movies selections, Nintendo Wiis and games are also available. The nearby Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier offers plenty of hands-on activities for young’uns.
David Burke’s Primehouse – whose menu is used for room service as well – offers a full kids’ menu for children 10 and under. Favourites include Kobe corn dogs, grilled cheese, and chicken noodle soup. The fridge in each room can also be emptied to store food and milk. There's also a special milk and cookies turn-down service for children.
Babysitting can be arranged in advance through the front desk.
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Car and booster seats, bike seats, helmets and colouring books are available.
Child-sized bathtubs for those under 24 months are available upon request. The hotel also has a wide selection of children's books and board games.
In addition to locally sourced and organic ingredients used in the restaurant, the James uses eco-friendly cleaning and bath products and provides bicycles and a hybrid car service for guests to get around town.