Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL 60603  [SEE MAP]Chicago, IL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Property maintained its historic look and feel
Bar and restaurants are popular with locals, meaning crowds in the evenings
What recent visitors appreciate most about the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is its distinct point of view. The hotel is housed in the building that was once home to the Chicago Athletic Association, and its Venetian Gothic architecture dates back to the 1890s. Staying true to its athletic heritage, the hotel's designers repurposed elements of the original club into the property's vintage look. For instance, a pommel horse is used as a bench and nightstands feature tennis racquet leather grips for legs. Beyond the interesting aesthetics, rooms also offer boxing-style robes, complimentary Wi-Fi access, C.O. Bigelow toiletries and bedside tables with USB flash drive outlets. Aside from the unique interiors, travelers also rave about the rooftop restaurant, Cindy's. Housed within a vaulted glass and steel atrium, the space offers views of Millennium Park (situated across the street from the hotel), the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Equally impressive are the hotel's five other bars and eateries, ranging from an on-site Shake Shack to a more formal farm-to-table restaurant. Reviewers particularly liked the Game Room bar, which is located in the original billiards room of the athletic club and features games like shuffleboard and bocce ball. It should come as no surprise that the hotel also features a 24-hour fitness center with complimentary, trainer-led group runs along Lake Michigan every Saturday at 8 a.m. You can also get your workout in riding around the Windy City on the hotel's complimentary bikes (available seasonally).
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Location
Chicago, IL
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 241 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Families, Solo travelers

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

Condé Nast Traveler

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Sport and story dominate in the Chicago Athletic Association’s 241 guest rooms, some of which were once used by members taking a break between laps in the pool or a game of pickup basketball.

Travel + Leisure

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The property’s gaming heritage is illuminated in the cozy, wood-paneled game room.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2190 have reviewed the Chicago Athletic Association, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2190 reviews 4.5 (based on 2190 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms and suites at the Chicago Athletic Association are small yet smartly designed to maximize space and maintain simplicity and style. Industrial details are softened with leather furniture and cozy textiles. Due to the historical nature of the building, several different room layouts and sizes are available, but all rooms feature large windows and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, plus amenities like flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • In-room minibars stocked with local specialty items

Standard room size200 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Formerly an exclusive hub for some of the world's top athletes, businessmen and socialites, the Chicago Athletic Association was recently renovated to reveal a retro-modern hotel "club." The property sits in the heart of Chicago, directly across from Millennium Park.
  • Located about 15 miles northeast of Midway International Airport; about 20 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport
  • Two blocks between Adams/Wabash and Millennium L stations
  • 24-hour valet parking ($69)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The hotel offers a variety of dining options. Cindy's, located on the top floor, has lake views, a youthful vibe and often a long waiting list, whether it's for brunch or happy hour. The ground floor offers access to a Shake Shack, a retro burger and hot dog joint. The hotel also offers the Cherry Circle Room, a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant, and the Game Room, where guests will find a relaxed atmosphere, rustic grub and old-school billiards.
  • Milk Room serves as a coffee shop during the day and a prohibition-style cocktail lounge at night
  • Fairgrounds provides an assortment of coffees and teas
  • Drawing Room is the hotel's lobby bar

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Fitness

The Chicago Athletic Association has a 24-hour, fully-equipped retro-modern fitness center with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, medicine balls, free weights and treadmills with individual TVs. The hotel also offers complimentary Heritage bicycles during warm months to explore the city.
  • Personal training sessions available for a fee
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The Chicago Athletic Association has 17,000 square feet of polished event space. Each venue features Carrara marble and stained glass along with modern amenities like audiovisual equipment and ergonomic tables and chairs. Event spaces include three executive boardrooms, two ballrooms and a variety of private dining options. Three executive boardrooms maintain the property's athletic vibe and can be combined to accommodate up to 140 guests.
  • On-site meeting planners offer a suite of sports-themed team-building activities
  • There is no on-site business center, but complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel and basic printing and copying services can be handled at the front desk

Number of meeting rooms3

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The Chicago Athletic Association welcomes up to two pets per room with no size restrictions or extra fees. The on-site Shake Shack restaurant offers a menu for dogs with specialized burgers and baked goods.
  • Pets are not allowed in any food and beverage outlets by law
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Wedding

The Chicago Athletic Association has several unique indoor event spaces available for weddings. Along with two formal ballrooms, the hotel features "The Tank" room, which served as the swimming pool for the original club, as well as Stagg Court, which is a refitted basketball court with the original running trail above.
  • All wedding packages include menu tastings, group room discounts and a signature cocktail creation
  • On-site catering services

Maximum wedding guest capacity400

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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