The Nicholas Center at St. James Commons is an Episcopal center in the heart of Chicago dedicated to revitalizing the Episcopal Church by refreshing and training its leaders.
We are happy to host vestry groups, clergy colleague groups, regional and churchwide Episcopal Church gatherings, and lay leadership programs and candidacy retreats at the Nicholas Center.
The Nicholas Center, located in the Diocese of Chicago's St. James Commons (adjacent to St. James Cathedral), has 14 guest rooms with single beds and private baths. Each room has a unique 5th floor view of Chicago’s bustling skyline. There is a shared dining area, meeting room, lounge, and office space. Additional meeting spaces on the lower level of St. James Commons can be made available as need arises.
Sleeping rooms include: towels, linens, tissues, alarm clocks, soap, Wi-Fi. An iron and ironing board are available in the common area.
Sleeping rooms do not include: TV, phone, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, closets or hangers.
You may want to bring the following items with you for your stay: laptop, clothes hangers, hair dryer, hair products (shampoo, conditioner), lotion, umbrella, books or crafts, walking shoes or slippers, cell phone and charger.
A $500 deposit is needed at the time of reservation.
Breakfast & lunch are included in the daily cost per individual. Dinner can be catered in for an additional cost.
The dress code is business casual. Please bring layers, as we are still learning what this space feels like.
The Nicholas Center is excited to partner with Equinox gyms to offer you an amazing fitness facility within walking distance. If you are a runner or walker we are located blocks away from Chicago’s paved Lakefront Trail.
The Nicholas Center is located on the 5th floor of the Diocese of Chicago's St. James Commons, adjacent to St. James Cathedral. The facility is conveniently located in downtown Chicago just steps away from the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue.
The Diocese of Chicago has parking validation for the following two lots located near the diocesan office at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron) for day long parking. To receive a reduced-rate parking voucher, please request one from the St. James Commons receptionist:
Ohio-Ontario Self Park
33 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654
Rate: $20.00 for 24 hours when prepaid using this ParkChirp link and discount code SJ24Hour
Rush-Ohio-Wabash (ROW) Self Park
50 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Rate: $27.00 for 24 hours
For groups using the Nicholas Center with a Diocese of Chicago facilitator the cost is $100 per night per person.
For groups not using a Diocese of Chicago facilitator or who are not part of the Diocese of Chicago, the cost is $125 per night per person.
For Diocese of Chicago vestry retreats: Fees are $1,000 for a group of 10 or under and $1,400 for groups over 10. Scholarships can be made available. Contact Karin Gutierrez for additional information about scholarships.
Breakfast and lunch are included in the daily rate.
Public transit and cabs are the easiest ways to get to the Nicholas Center and are easily accessible from Chicago airports.
CTA "L" train
We are conveniently located two blocks from the Red Line. Exit at the Chicago/ Grand stop and walk south two blocks to the corner of Wabash and Huron.
One-way train is $5 from O'Hare and $2.25 from Midway.
From O'Hare: Take the Blue line towards Forest Park to the Monroe Blue line stop. At Monroe exit the train and transfer to the Red Line going towards Howard. Exit the train at Chicago. Walk East (towards the lake) on Chicago Ave. Turn South on Wabash, Huron Ave will be St. James Cathedral and St. James Commons will be on your right hand side.
From Midway: Take an Orange line train towards the Loop. At the Roosevelt stop exit the train transfer to a Red Line train towards Howard. Exit the train at Chicago. Walk East (towards the lake) on Chicago Ave. Turn South on Wabash, Huron Ave will be St. James Cathedral and St. James Commons will be on your right hand side.
Cabs fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from Midway to downtown Chicago is $28-30. An average fare from O'Hare to downtown Chicago is $30-40.