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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

With echoes of billiard balls, poker chips, and clinking glasses frozen within its walls, this 1890’s Venetian Gothic landmark in the Chicago Loop springs back to life as an incomparable historic downtown Chicago hotel—where the spirit of play reigns supreme. After all, this is the city where the can-and-will-do attitude of Ernie “Let’s Play Two!” Banks lives on, where the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, shook all night long at the Checkerboard Lounge, and Sir Duke tickled the ivories at The Blue Note. And this is the club whose historic members swam with five-time Olympic gold medalist Johnny Weissmuller—a.k.a. the original Hollywood Tarzan—and watched their fellow member Pudge Heffelfinger own so much end zone, he became football’s first pro. Today, Chicago Athletic Association is both a stunning hotel offering outstanding guest rooms and a historic monument to the big-shouldered, switch hitting spirit that defines our city with a downtown location in the Chicago Loop.

Where only rumors remain of what once went on inside these elegant quarters in downtown Chicago, today you’ll find a design aesthetic in rooms and suites inspired by the athletic heritage of the building—with thoroughly contemporary hotel amenities throughout. As with the public spaces of the hotel, the Roman & Williams design duo—recipients of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design award and one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Influential Designers—have created a gorgeously appointed new old-world style in our hotel rooms in Chicago, IL. When hotel guests enter their rooms and suites, they’ll notice a wooden gym ladder is smartly reimagined into storage wall that’s as likely to stow a flask as a vintage self-improvement manual. A pommel horse becomes a bench, mixing easily with leather club chairs, lacquered wood furnishings, and nightstands with legs clad in a tennis racket’s leather grip.

Location of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Nearest Airport: MDW

Amenities for Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

  • On-Site Amenities
  • Fitness Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Rooftop Garden
  • Interests
  • Culture & Arts
  • Hotels
  • Luxury Hotel Games

Reviews for Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

From the minute I checked in the entire experience exceeded my expectations. This hotel is not to be missed! The rooms are unique and comfortable. Every aspect of this property is fun, comfortable and enjoyable.

Steven L - Rockford

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

I stayed here for a quick overnight business trip and plan on coming back for pleasure. The design and aesthetics are beyond beautiful. The room was cozy and comfortable and the lobby and different common rooms where just welcoming.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

What I liked the most about this hotel was the excellent club atmosphere and the prime location! The staff were friendly and helpful too, though two of the three hotel restaurants were high quality but a bit expensive. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely recommend or go back.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful historic hotel directly across from the Bean/Millennium Park. My only regret was not staying longer! Truly unique and beautiful historic building/hotel with wonderful interiors, a delicious restaurant on the roof, and friendly, accommodating staff that were always ready/willing to answer questions.

esprat128242 - Baltimore, Maryland

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

The hotel was filled with happy people working there, staying there, and locals playing there! Great experience. Awesome location. The restaurants were all amazing. Cindy's Rooftop bar was not just a bar. The deliciously inventive drinks were fun to watch being made. Locals were everywhere enjoying the CAA and the bars/restaurants.

Sharye A

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