Looking to get away with your sweetie this Valentine's Day, but still want the comforts of home? Breeze into the Windy City, and stay in the lap of luxury at Chicago's James Hotel. The hotel is smack in the middle of the city, close enough to the Magnificent Mile that you can easily step out to grab a bite or see a show — but why would you want to? The James features seasonally rotating art installations; a high-end steakhouse; a cozy bar; and a spa featuring Aveda products and in-room treatments.
Guest rooms are sparsely decorated but still cozy, with dark wood, warm, neutral colors, and clean lines, so you can truly settle in without feeling like you're being subjected to someone else's decor; I especially love the crisp white bathrooms and succulent plants. If you're looking for even more luxury, try one of the hotel's studios or one-bedroom apartments, with wet bars, dining rooms, and living areas, or go really big with a loft penthouse, complete with entertainment systems, Eames lounge chairs, and his-and-hers sinks.
If you do feel like getting out, check out a couple of the hotel's Paul Frank bikes to cruise around the city, or take a customized running tour — yes, running — through the city.
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