Unleash Your Inner Beach Babe

Staying in town this summer? Take advantage of The James Hotel's new offer

We know all too well that Chicago really comes alive when the warmer weather arrives. From hitting the beaches to spending Saturday afternoons shopping to sipping cocktails with friends (OK, we do those last two all year 'round), our fair city is a great place to be in the summertime. If you happen to be staying put this summer or have friends visiting, check out the "Summer Girls' Weekend" offer from The James Hotel and Club Monaco, which will be featured from May 1 through July 31.

Your beach babe weekend begins on Saturday morning with a power breakfast at David Burke's Primehouse, The James' updated spin on a classic steak house. You'll get to choose from executive chef Rick Gresh's light and healthy morning menu, including smoothies, egg white omelets, Irish oatmeal, granola, yogurt and fresh fruit. Following the a.m. meal, your group will get the A-list treatment at The Gym at The James, where you'll be lead through a personalized Beach Body Workout developed by the experts at Jim Karas Personal Training. The deluxe girls' day out continues in grand fashion at the Club Monaco boutique at the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue, complete with one-on-one personal styling consultations and a $1,000 wardrobe (!!!) from Club Monaco's new Beach Boutique collection. And, finally (whew!), show off your new outfits at J Bar, The James' white-hot cocktail lounge, where you'll luxuriate at a V.I.P. table replete with signature mojito pitchers made to order.

Pricing for the "Summer Girls' Weekend" package at The James Hotel starts at $1,019 per night for four guests per reservation (or $255 per guest per night). Phone the concierge at The James at 312-337-1000 or visit the hotel's Web site to make your plans.

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