OUR STORY

For decades, an icon of the great city of Chicago slept silently, nearly forgotten...
echoes of billiard balls, poker chips and clinking glasses frozen within its walls.

Chicago Athletic Association is an historic 1890’s monument to the big-shouldered, can-do spirit that defines our city, transformed into an incomparable Chicago boutique hotel with commanding views across Millennium and Maggie DaleyParks to Lake Michigan.

This long-vacant Venetian Gothic landmark springs back to life as a hotel mecca for inspired recreation—where the spirit of play reigns supreme, and food and drink are served up by some of Chicago’s finest talent. It’s personal here, because the soul of Chicago is a kind of club—and on our team, everyone belongs.

Speaking of soul, how about the father of modern Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, at the Checkerboard Lounge or Sir Duke tickling the ivories at The Blue Note. This is the city where the can-and-will-do attitude of Ernie “Let’s Play Two!” Banks lives on and echoes inside our hotel walls.

And this is the club whose members swam with five-time Olympic gold medalist Johnny Weissmuller—a/k/a the original Hollywood Tarzan—and watched their fellow member Pudge Heffelfinger own so much end zone, he became football’s first pro.

From the moment you walk in the door of our Chicago hotel, you’ll get it—and it’ll get you.

Let the games begin!

New & Noteworthy

The courts are polished. The trophy cases dusted off. But it’s more than a simple restoration—it’s a revelation. Inspired by the nineteenth century train sheds that were our neighbors, we’ve built a terrace in the sky overlooking Millennium Park and the greatest of the Great Lakes and a Game Room designed to amaze and amuse.

All thanks in no small part to the Herculean efforts of the builders and craftsmen who have helped us realize our vision, in every painstaking detail.

“Our reverence for this monumental building cannot be overstated, but we want to breathe a new life into it, to care for it without treating it like a relic.” That’s the intent of the dynamic design duo Roman and Williams—winners of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award—who are building a legacy of creating extraordinary presence out of historic pasts.

Architect Henry Ives Cobb—a charter member of The Association—imbued this magical place with a Gothic façade reminiscent of the Doge's Palace in Venice.

Today, Chicago Athletic’s past lives on amid restaurants, lounges and ballrooms where a high-spirited, club-like atmosphere prevails, seamlessly melding into shared histories, past and future.

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- UP ON THE ROOF -

TALKING, DRINKING & MIXING WITH CINDY’S SPIRIT GUIDE NANDINI KHAUND

Thirsty? You've Never Had a Drink With a View Like This

- DID YOU KNOW? -

CAA + CUBS = A PLACE IN HISTORY

Don't be surprised if the Chicago Cubs come to mind when you walk through the Chicago Athletic Association...

- CLASSIC CHICAGO -

THAT TIME ELEPHANTS VISITED THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Elephants? It happened!

Chicago Athletic Association
12 S Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-940-3552