Chicago Athletic Association

12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA
The Loop
240 Rooms
Modern Design & Happening
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One MICHELIN Key · A very special stay
Chicago’s architectural story began before modernism — this Venetian Gothic landmark, previously a private club for the city’s (male) movers and shakers, dates back to the final decade of the 19th century. But now, after a renovation by architects Hartshorne Plunkard and an interior redesign by hospitality wizards Roman and Williams, the Chicago Athletic Association, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is a thoroughly up-to-date boutique hotel, in that retro-modern, luxury-boutique sort of way.

These sorts of things live and die by their raw materials, but rest assured that this one is a true gem. It’s not just any old building, but a beautiful old building, and there are clearly plenty of tricks left up Roman and Williams’s collective sleeve. It doesn’t hurt that you’re looking straight out over Millennium Park, but there’s plenty worth looking at indoors as well — much of what you see is custom-designed, what’s not is expertly sourced, and a little originality in hotel design goes a long way these days.

So does a little bit of extravagance in the food and drink departments. Cindy’s is the rooftop terrace restaurant, and the James Beard-winning Cherry Circle Room brings the Athletic Association’s long-serving dining room back to life, with inspiration from a century of menus. The original billiards room, Game Room, transforms into a lively bar and playground with a cocktail culture and games like pop-a-shot, skeeball, billiards, shuffleboard, chess, and checkers. The Milk Room, a former speakeasy, is an eight-seat microbar that specializes in rare vintage spirits and curated whiskies. The spirit-forward cocktail menu creates a historical drinking experience with epic stories. An outpost of the New York–based (now global) Shake Shack, needless to say, is a natural fit for the Chicago Athletic Association — or for just about any hotel, if we’re being completely honest.

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Chicago Athletic Association
12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA
The Loop

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Game room
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Rooftop terrace bar
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Bikes available
  • Parking

Need to Know

  • Extra beds are not available at Chicago Athletic Association.
Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 12 pm

Credit cards accepted

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