In the Windy City, one of these institutions was the century-old Chicago Athletic Association. The ultimate old boys club, this Venetian Gothic-style retreat has towered over Michigan Avenue since 1893 as the perfect halfway house between a private members lounge and a track meet.
If you’re travelling to Illinoi anytime soon, you’ll need suitably stylish digs. Fortunately the Chicago Athletics Association is now the city’s coolest new boutique hotel after an extensive restoration by Commune Hotels & Resorts. With lines by Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and award-winning design firm Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, the beautifully restored building now plays host to 241 elegantly-appointed guest rooms and suites that smack of the former club’s rich tradition, thanks to custom lacquered wooden armoires and bars, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. custom blankets, vintage boxing-inspired robes, and a modern take on 19th century brass beds. However, times have changed and during the summer months you’ll now find the city’s lovelies at Cindy’s, the hotel’s chic rooftop lounge, with its breathtaking views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. When the mercury drops head for one of the Land & Sea Dept-conceived restaurants, or to The Game Room, the city’s hottest mixology haunt, with its built-in bocce, billiards and shuffleboard tables.
It’s an athletics club after all.
Chicago Athletics Association
From US$269 per night, twin share.