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 leadership programs at the Nicholas Center. We welcome interfaith and ecumenical partners who seek space for trainings, meetings and retreats
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 with full A/V, lounge, and office space. Additional meeting spaces on the lower level of St. James Commons may be made available if requested in advance.
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, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or closets.
You may want to bring the following items with you for your stay: laptop, 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.
Continental breakfast, catered lunch and snacks 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 building temperatures can fluctuate.
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 Nicholas Center staff or purchase in advance using the link below:
Ohio-Ontario Self Park
33 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654
Rate: $20.00 for 24 hours. Purchase in advance here, choosing number of days.
Rush-Ohio-Wabash (ROW) Self Park
50 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Rate: $27.00 for 24 hours
Click here for 2019 rates.
Scholarships are available for programs offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. 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 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 right on Rush Street and walk South to Huron St. St. James Commons is located at the corner of Rush and Huron. Building entrance is at the top of the ramp.
From Midway: Take an Orange line train towards the Loop. At the Roosevelt stop, exit the train to transfer to a Red Line train towards Howard. Exit the Red Line train at Chicago. Walk East (towards the lake) on Chicago Ave. Turn right on Rush Street and walk South to Huron. St. James Commons is located at the corner of Rush and Huron. Building entrance is at the top of the ramp.
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.