6 Reasons to Visit the New Chicago Athletic Association
Shake Shack, a killer rooftop and shuffleboard
You live in Chicago. You don’t need to stay in a hotel here. But play in one? Sure--especially when it’s as much fun as the just-opened Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Once a boys’ club where the likes of Marshall Field and Cyrus McCormick swung their racquets, it’s now a restored showplace filled with jaw-dropping woodwork, major art and stained glass galore. And even non-guests are welcome to come in and take a break from real life. Here’s what’s not to be missed.
Relax on the Roof
At Cindy’s, a restaurant with terrace on the 13th floor, snag a picnic table with a lake view and order craft cocktails created by spot’s “spirit guide,” Nandini Khaund.
Rule the Game Room
Pool sharks and chess whizzes, this is your new hangout. A public space filled with leisurely diversions reminiscent of the building’s 125-year history is the place to be for billiards, beer and street-food-inspired bites.
Drink in Chicago’s Tiniest Bar
You know how the epically bearded Paul McGee is always the mixologist at the coolest new bar in town? Find him here slinging rare whiskies in the eight-seat Milk Room (it’s a Prohibition reference, people). McGee also created cocktails for the Cherry Circle Room, the hotel's full-service restaurant where the food and drinks are full of historic references dating back to CAA's original heyday.
Catch Some Zzz’s
Like the rest of the place, the rooms are gorgeous. A staycation in a suite overlooking Millennium Park--complete with custom Egyptian cotton sheets on the king bed and a mini bar stocked with locally made goodies? Don’t mind if we do.