The hip Chicago Athletic Association hotel is set in a former Venetian Gothic landmark building from 1893. The location is excellent: the front of the hotel on Chicago’s Cultural Mile and the back to The Loop. Docent-led tours of the iconic building are scheduled regularly in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Rooms have details referring to its former life with pommel horse-inspired benches and boxer-style bathrobes. Room facilities include bespoke linen and blankets, a flat-screen cable TV, a curated minibar and a bathroom in Carrara marble with rain showerheads. 24-hour in-room dining.
The hotel offers seven award-winning food & beverage outlets – including the Prohibition-era microbar Milk Room, lively Game Room, the swanky, James Beard Award-winning Cherry Circle Room, and the hotel’s crown jewel, Cindy’s, its rooftop restaurant and bar perched 13 stories above Millennium Park. In addition, locals and guests alike are invited to experience the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s 150+ annual programming events, ranging from pop-up roller skating nights in the hotel’s vintage gym to hands-on cocktail workshops with in-house experts.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 241 rooms (19-42m2) • hotel opened: June 2015 • interior design: Roman and Williams • bathroom amenities: C.O. Bigelow • parking possible at a location nearby (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk