Credit: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
In a city of architectural stunners, one property has reigned supreme this summer – and it’s not exactly new. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel opened after an extensive restoration of the historic Chicago Athletic Association Building, built in 1893.
The sumptuous space boasts dazzling rooftop views, a game room with an indoor bocce ball court, and dining options ranging from the 1890’s inspired Cherry Circle Room to a Shake Shack. From happy hours to hosting out-of-town guests, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has become the spot to soak up old school Chicago glamour.
I was particularly interested in the adaptive reuse of the building, as it was converted from a men’s leisure club to a luxury hotel. I detailed architectural challenges and engineering triumphs of the CAA’s restoration in an article for the Architect’s Newspaper. Check out the piece for more information on reproducing historic light bulbs for the ballroom and constructing an entirely new rooftop bar!
If you’re in Chicago, don’t let the line for Cindy’s intimidate you. The views are worth the wait!
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603