Chicago Athletic Association
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Comeback
- Legendary designers Roman and Williams are behind the 2015 multimillion-dollar renovation of this 1893 landmark building
- The firepits at rooftop bar Cindy's are the spot for outdoor imbibing with a greenhouse-style bar serving up the cocktails; views are of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan
- A back door that opens up to the heart of The Loop—and a front door that welcomes the best of Chicago culture
- The outpost of famous burger joint Shake Shack and the Game Room, which will serve up classic cocktails and a playful menu of concession favorites
- The 241 guest rooms and suites have touches of the hotel's athletic club past (think pommel horse-inspired benches)
- Read more: Chicago's Latest Design Digs
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
It was recommended we visit Cindy’s bar atop the hotel. We had drinks and then found a tabletop shuffleboard to play and drink. This is a grand and historic hotel! It had just been thru renovations a couple
Of years ago, I’m glad it was preserved!
Very bright room! Curtains do not shut out sun from top, so be prepared for bright early mornings and unfortunately late nights as windows provided no insulation of outside noise. Lots of music, cars, etc. We were on 6th floor and maybe if we were higher it would have been quieter. Don't take any leftovers or extra water to you room as no place to put it. (only a small shallow mini fridge full of stuff to buy). Valet parking is really far from lobby and you have to go up elevator then maneuver through a very crowded bar/restaurant with all your stuff! Luckily other guests were able to keep guiding us to the lobby! (which is not on the ground floor through either the main entrance or valet entrance, very weird location). Hotel is in great location though and room was clean. If you have lots of money, maybe ok. I don't mind spending this much if its a great place, and this just wasn't it.
This was my third time staying at CAA. Beautiful hotel in the heart of Chicago, I would highly recommend to my friends and family. The service and amenities exceed expectations and the hotel is in a prime location
some difficulty with reservation for handicapped and hotel does not have a wheelchair.
Interesting decor and very clean -- well kept. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Games room interesting but very noisy and service slow.
This hotel was in a great location and the rooms were cozy and beautiful! It was an easy walk to The Bean and the park. The rooms had a such a unique touch to it. Felt like a revamped old time hotel. We loved it!