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Chicago Athletic Association

Hotels, Boutique hotels Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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To say the Chicago Athletic Association is beautiful is to put it mildly. Stay in one of the 241 luxury boutique rooms—throwbacks to the club rooms of athletic associations long gone. From the unparalleled view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan at Cindy’s rooftop restaurant to more great food and drink at Cherry Circle Room and even Shake Shack, there’s no shortage of options. You’ll also love the Game Room, with its private alley entry and bocce, shuffleboard and billiards. Find access to everything you need and more in this wonderfully restored 1890s building.



Venue name: Chicago Athletic Association
Address: 12 S Michigan Ave
Transport: El stop: Red to Monroe. Brown, Purple, Pink, Green, Orange to Adams-Wabash. Bus: 20, 56, 60, 66, 124, 157, J14.
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I am so in love this this hotel, i try to spend all my winter days in there. I've enjoyed dinner at the Cherry Circle Room, played games in the Game Room, enjoyed working in a leather couch in the Drawing Room. Its like a Harry Potter wonderland - and like you stepped through a time machine at the same time! This weekend i was fortunate enough to attend a wedding in the ballroom of the building which had windows facing Millennium Park and allowed us to open for fresh air and to watch the fire works over Navy Pier. It was magical. If you feel like you should've been born in another era, you need to go here to get your Great Gatsby fix.

While I have yet to stay a night in the hotel, I have to talk about how much I love the library and the game room. Both spots are perfect for having a drink, talking with a friend, or just simply reading a book on a cold afternoon. The decor is inviting, the food and drinks are perfect, and it really just makes your day getting out to enjoy it. 

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I love everything about the Chicago Athletic Association. The beautiful design and architecture, the wide variety of venues for food and drink and the fun touches in the hotel rooms. Cindy's has quickly become my go-to spot for taking out of town guests to see great views of the city and the Game Room is perfect for spending hours on a cold winter's night. Definitely worth a visit and a stay if you are coming from out of town.

Chicago Athletic Association has quickly become my favorite spot in Chicago to eat, drink and sleep. The view from the rooftop at Cindy's is just perfect. Each venue within the CAA has an amazing vibe from the Cherry Circle Room to the Game Room. The well thought out decor throughout the hotel is incredibly charming. The location is fantastic too with Millennium and Grant Park just across the street. 

Hard not to fall in love with this hotel, which feels like walking into an old-school gentleman's club (but look—there are ladies). The rooms a roomy and full of fun touches (yep, that's a pommel horse at the end of the bed). The bars, from the rooftop to the Game Room, are some of the best drinking destinations in Loop (at least, from my relatively limited, visitor's experience). 

Beautiful space! Winters are long here in Chicago and we love our roof decks, so to be able to enjoy the outside from inside and see the city from such a unique view, have a great cocktail and conversation amongst friends is one of the best days you can have in the city. I plan on coming back as many times as my calendar will allow.