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The James, Chicago: Magnificent Mile Bower

Whip out your smartphone for art – now there’s a seldom-uttered edict. Indeed, drop-dead fabulous den of design and style The James is plastered with local artworks, from the lobby to the walls of your suite… just scan each QR code for more info.

Art spree complete, if your AmEx still allows, nab a mid-century modern Loft for separate living and sleeping areas in muted tones and natural textures, king-size beds, organic linens, Keetsa pillows, Intelligent Nutrients prods, triple-distilled water, a locally-stocked pantry, and, here comes the motherlode, a private media room with oversized daybed, HD projector and fabby movie library.

You’ll likely not want to leave your luxe quarters, and in-room spa treatments and 24hr dining from David Burke’s Primehouse mean you don’t have to, but it’s worth slinking downstairs for the non-stop buzz at this rave success steakhouse, or sneaking in through an unmarked door to slinky, dim-lit imbiber Jimmy for seasonal cocktails and a retro soundtrack. How’s that for art smart?

The James, 55 East Ontario Street, River North, Chicago. +1 312 337 1000,

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