Docent-led tours of the iconic building are scheduled regularly in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Game Room has bocce ball, billiards and chess
Get a reservation for the Cherry Circle Room restaurant from the team behind perennial Chi-town favorite Longman & Eagle
Expect to jockey with locals for seats at the bar and restaurants as this is one of Chicago’s hottest new spots
Parking on site
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Design-centric digs in an architectural landmark, with a hip rooftop bar, firepits, and burger joint Shake Shack
In the thumping heart of Chicago’s Cultural Mile is a hotel that’s as much a social hub as a place to sleep. That makes sense as the 1893 building once housed a legendary athletic/social club. The original Tarzan (and five-time Olympic gold medalist) Johnny Weissmuller once swam here and Muddy Waters sang in the supper club. Now instead of boxing or lifting weights, Chicago's pretty people will be gathered around the firepits at rooftop bar Cindy's, closing deals in the supper club and sipping classic cocktails with a playful menu of concession favorites in the game room. With 241 rooms by renowned designers Roman & Williams (of New York's Ace and The Standard fame), the upstairs is as vibrant as the downstairs with nods to the building's past in the form of pommel horse-inspired benches and storage racks that echo a wooden gym ladder. Other vintage details include replicas of retro furniture, brass-accented bedframes, striped wool blankets and deep leather club chairs. The bathrooms are luxurious, with soaking tubs, and gleaming black-and-white tile and marble counters. At Stagg Court, the hotel’s newly restored gymnasium, you can shoot some hoops, but if you're looking for a stiff drink, mixologist Paul McGee oversees the inventive cocktail lists in the lobby, the Game Room and the fine-dining Cherry Circle Room.
In the Area
Set across the street from Millennium Park and all the diversions of Chicago’s best parks, the hotel has a location that rivals none. Art institutions like the Chicago Institute of Art, colleges (DePauw, Northwestern Law), and architectural monuments line up along the front entrance to the Chicago Athletic Association. Out the back door, guest are smack in the middle of the financial district, a.k.a. The Loop. Grab a coveted picnic table to sup on Southern fare at funky Parson's, try to score a reservation at Stephanie Izard's James Beard award-winning Girl & the Goat and splurge on the Michelin-starred fare at Alinea. Don’t miss the laughs at the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. For a nightcap, head to Three Dots and Dash, a kitschy-fun tiki cocktail bar.
Chicago Athletic Association
12 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
How to Get There
The closest major airports to Chicago Athletic Association are:Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.) - 14.2 km / 8.8 miChicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) - 25.5 km / 15.8 miThe preferred airport for Chicago Athletic Association is Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.