Hotel art is a punchline no longer.
With ever more properties investing in fine art collections worthy of a trip, the concept has finally hit the mainstream. But a forward-thinking hotel in Chicago is already pushing those just-expanded boundaries.
The James Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile already had a well-regarded collection when it opened in 2006. But this November, the property invited artists from the Midwest for a short-term residence-slash-competition to further the fine art bona fides.
Filmed in a reality show format over four days -- though thankfully without the genre's normal trashiness -- two artists and an artistic collective go head to head to win a permanent space in the hotel's collection.
Watch the series in the video slideshow below then tell us: Would a hotel's art collection sway your decision to spend the night?
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