Make one phone call to room service and you'll get all the fresh and perfectly measured accoutrements you need to mix five – that’s right, FIVE -- sweet cocktails. You’ll still need to purchase the necessary liquor from the pantry, but for $28 more, you’ll get a bucket of ice, a shaker and strainer, fresh-cut citrus fruits like limes and oranges, the “American Bar” cocktail book with over 200 recipes, and perfectly proportioned mixers like simple syrup, bitters and Lillet Blanc.
You won’t need to thumb through the book unless you want to as the five in-room cocktail recipes are already printed on a pint glass that comes standard in all rooms. Mix up a Corpse Reviver 2 (Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, Lemon), an Old Havana (Rum, Simple Syrup, Lime, Bitters) or a Blood & Sand (Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, Orange) for starters. Chill and soak in the relaxed modern comfort of a James hotel room and all its dark wood, interesting artifacts and awesome lighting.
Five fancy drinks later, you could be feeling really fine at The James Chicago.
Room rates at the James Chicago start around $369 a night.