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12 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-3300
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#43 of 220 in Chicago
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Travelers' Choice
It doesn’t get more Chicago than this 1893 icon of old-world design and good cheer. Originally home to an elite men’s club, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel building is an architectural gem dating back to 1893. Converted to a boutique hotel and urban playground of the same name in 2015, the property sports 240 guest rooms, seven bars & restaurants, the city's first Topgolf Swing Suite, and a downtown location central to Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, The Loop, and more. The Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers an artfully-restored historic stay along with some of the city’s most-lauded dining and drinking outlets. This hotel has received the 2022 Tripadvisor's Travelers Choice Award for consistently earning great reviews and also ranks within the 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Rooftop bar
Game room
Billiards
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Laundry service
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Minibar
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese
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TravelEatSleepz wrote a review Yesterday
Denver, Colorado153 contributions9 helpful votes
It's really hard to know where to start with how HORRIBLE of an experience it was to stay at this hotel. I'll try my best to summarize: - The bathroom is nice...about ends there. - The hotel's front desk requires you to take an elevator or stairs...so if you arrive via car with some bags, good luck. There was no one at the door, and no cart for bags etc. I had to go up to get check in, search for a cart, then come back to my car to start loading stuff. - The views from a majority of the rooms are absolutely terrible. So if you like looking at HVAC, this is the place for you! - The picture of the room is on a sunny day...so this is a great place to stay if you're batman or count dracula. Even with all lights on, we had to use our phone flashlights to find things...in the middle of the day. - When we got to the room, it was 74, and we turned the A/C on...well an hour later, it was 76 and kept climbing. I called. the front desk and they said "well this is an old hotel, unfortunately that's how it is." And they sent fans up...box fans. This is supposed to be a fancy 4 star hotel...and we used box fans. You can't even open windows for a breeze because you have no air flow. We were drenched in sweat all night. - Had to call Hyatt at midnight, have them cancel the second night and book me a night at a different hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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MikeM wrote a review Jan 2022
Chicago, Illinois109 contributions79 helpful votes
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While I was in the bar in the Cherry Circle Room, another patron commented that this was the most beautiful hotel he had ever seen. Restored to it's 1894 glory, this former private men's club for the .01% is now available for anyone who wishes to visit the lobby and become a Gilded Age millionaire. The rooms are quirky, but in a fun way. A lot of the rooms are converted athletic courts, which means you might end up with a crazy high ceiling or an odd shape. But there's a lot of humor in the interior design, with gym netting above the desk and pommels at the end of the bed. CAA is an exercise in wit & style. Wry & ironic, they take their service seriously, but never themselves. My one suggestion is that in the mornings or when the hotel is quieter you might turn down the techno pop dance music, when the game room is hopping, but nobody's dancing at 7AM in Chicago, in January. :-) I'm already planning my next visit. Thank you for your amazing hotel!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Evan Oxner, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded Jan 11, 2022
Hello zeppofan, Thank you for choosing the Chicago Athletic Association for you recent visit, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Congratulations on your 100th Tripadvisor review! Thank you for your feedback regarding the music in the mornings, we will share this with out management team in the Drawing Room. I am so glad to see you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to your next vist. Best, Evan
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JaniceMcMurray wrote a review May 19
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Very clean and beautifully done. Each part of the decor is thought out and adds to the experience. The common areas have games and an historic feel but are clean and updated. Room service did not disappoint. I only wish I had more time to enjoy it all!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Jean-Pierre Cook, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded yesterday
Hi there JaniceMcMurray, First thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed the historic design of the hotel. This building has such a long history and it feels great to work somewhere that is so unlike any other hotel around. We hope that you will allow us to host you on your next stay I'm sure that there are so many more things for you to find and enjoy!
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scur2022 wrote a review May 19
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Great hotel in a good location. Very unique common areas with beautiful woodwork. Game room is pretty neat too. Rooms just a little small. Might be worth upgrading to the next size. Friendly staff. Must visit to rooftop bar. Would stay again!
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Response from Jean-Pierre Cook, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded yesterday
Hi there scur2022, Thank you so much for the positive feedback!! We are so happy that you enjoy the property and that staff was here to make everything just that much better. We hope that you will join us again soon!
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Amanda B wrote a review May 18
Phoenix, Arizona129 contributions96 helpful votes
Spent two nights here and enjoyed the superb location, able to walk everywhere! The restoration of the old building is exceptional and worthy of walking for a drink or burger just to look at the skillful and masterful way they honored the history but brought wonderful modern design touches to the spaces. The rooms are very comfortable and luxe. Mohair velvet curtains, Pendleton blankets, marble vanities and lovely black and white tiling in the baths. From the knowledgeable and friendly welcoming staff and check in to housekeeping, everyone was professional and made us feel valued. Breakfast was good and dinner one night was decent, but limited choices in the area we ate, as we didn't want to go to the Cherry Circle. Cindy's up on the roof is fun and the view is fantastic. Location is close enough to walk to the lake, the river (don't miss the Chicago Architectural Foundation Cruise!), the Art Institute, and of course Millennium Park. Lovely amenities and very comfortable beds, pillows and lovely linens.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Request a park view and high floor: you can see the lake over the trees: beautiful!
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Response from Jose Ortega, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 3 days ago
Dear bluewar, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at CAA. I’m glad to hear that our staff was able to make your experience with us a memorable one and that you enjoyed all of the amenities we offer. I will pass on your compliments. I’m also glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and service. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience at our restaurant, but it’s great to know that we are on the right track. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!
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John B wrote a review May 17
Newport Beach, California10 contributions20 helpful votes
An incredible weekend stay in a historical hotel that will knock your socks off. Architectural details at every turn and close to everything in downtown. Staff is top notch, from the bellmen, to the front desk folks and concierge-no one does it better!!
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Response from Daniel Emanuel, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 4 days ago
gatorinaz, Thank you for the wonderful review! Myself and the team are thrilled that your time with us was everything you hoped for and more! From our historical background to our architectural features, we do our best to keep our roots strong! Our proximity to Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Lake Michigan allow for easy access to many popular tourist attractions as well! Lastly, we take great pride in ensuring each and every one of our guests are satisfied while with us! Our team members love what they do here at the CAA, and I'm so pleased that you had the opportunity to be of witness to our hospitality first-hand. We can't wait for the opportunity to welcome you back during your next trip to the Windy City! Warm Regards, Daniel Front Office Manager
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fingargiola58 wrote a review May 16
New Orleans, Louisiana2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the best hotel we have stayed in (bar none) in either the US or Europe. Everything about this hotel was about providing a luxury experience in an informal setting. The hotel staff and management were exceptional.
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Response from Daniel Emanuel, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 5 days ago
fingargiola58, Thank you so much for taking the time to relay your experience with us! We are thrilled that your time with us was well spent! Our team here at the CAA strives to provide the best of experiences for our guests, and I'm so glad that you had the opportunity to witness this effort first-hand! From our rooftop bar, Cindy's, to our Game Room and Drawing Room on the second floor - we truly encompass it all! There is never a true reason to leave our facilities once you step foot in our doors! We look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to the Windy City! Daniel
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stevenhurt2022 wrote a review May 16
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A very unique and historical space in a perfect location with excellent dine-in options. Staff are extremely friendly and ready to help. Smooth check in and check out process. Multiple restaurants/bars in the hotel. Close to multiple parking garages.
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Response from Kylie Lebron, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 4 days ago
stevenhurt2022, Thank you so much for your recent stay at the Chicago Athletic Association! We appreciate all of our guest and their feedback. So glad to hear you got to enjoy our many outlets on property. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best, Kylie
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Amy H wrote a review May 12
New York City, New York19 contributions7 helpful votes
Really cool historic hotel that maintained its charm. Friendly staff and good vibes overall. Several restaurants and bars to try inside, each with a very Chicago vibe and story. You’d probably visit here even if you weren’t staying here on a trip to Chicago.
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Response from Kristen Kane, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Amy H, Thank you for the lovely review after your recent stay with us. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the near future! Best, Kristen K.
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April S wrote a review May 11
Portland, Oregon21 contributions43 helpful votes
My sister and I were able to take the train from Midway to our hotel... Everything we wanted to do was either within walking distance or easy to get to on train. The hotel is lovely and historic and felt very safe. The employees were friendly and made us feel at home. There were 4 weddings there on the Sat. night we were staying and it was fun to watch the people all dressed to the nines. Good food and plenty to do in hotel.. Love that coffee was free everyday in the milk room.
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Response from Jean-Pierre Cook, Guest Services / Front Office at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Hello aprils758, We are so happy that you were able to enjoy yourselves while visiting the City. We pride ourselves in being able to offer our guest a wonderful stay on site and around the neighborhood. We host at least one wedding every weekend and it is so much fun watching the many styles and outfit. We learn so much from our many guest that travel the world and we are always so happy when guest enjoy the property for all that it is worth. I hope that we can host you and your family again very soon. The summers in Chicago are why we all live here so come see us soon! Best, JP Cook
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$330 - $487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop / Theater District
NUMBER OF ROOMS
240
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Art Institute of Chicago (0.2 miles), Millennium Park (0.1 miles), and Cloud Gate (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, Cherry Circle Room, and The Dearborn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Chicago Athletic Association Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Chicago.
Are any cleaning services offered at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.