Described as “a Venetian gothic landmark” the imposing 1890s Chicago Athletic Association transforms from a swanky social club with a sporting history to an equally swanky 241-room hotel. Retaining its original name and playing on its former incarnation, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and design team, Roman and Williams, preserve its original character while injecting a contemporary feel, stating “our reverence for this monumental building cannot be overstated, but we want to breathe a new life into it, to care for it without treating it like a relic.”
The former private men’s club holds on to its ornate decor, traditional dark wood and heavy decorative details punctuated by colorful modern touches and playful references to its elitist past. Rooms are surprising light and airy, white walls encouraging a sense of space whilst playing backdrop to carefully chosen furnishings. Aside from multiple suites and bedrooms, the location boasts several bars and restaurants, a scenic rooftop and most impressively, a branch of the ever-popular Shake Shack remodelled in early 20th century style. Book a room at the website.
Reported by Tijn Benedek (2015-09-01 08:58:36)