“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
The Chicago Athletic Association is a great place for the urban hiker to rest, eat, drink, game, and catch amazing views of Millennium Park. This once exclusive club from the early 1900s was recently renovated to accommodate a hotel, multiple restaurants, and plenty of places to catch (and take away) your breath. Designed by renowned architect Henry Ives Cobb, the building sports a Venetian Gothic style that has been preserved from the outside to the inside.
Once inside, you’ll feel like you stepped into the time when club members Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, and William Wrigley used to command these halls. Make sure to check out the decorative details all around you and to go up the grand stairway that leads to a mezzanine level overlooking what once used to be the pool.
The game room is on the second floor where you’ll pass through the study room—yes, there is free wi-fi, making this room a great place for the hiker to recharge. Go further and you’ll come across the game room complete with bocce, foosball, billiards, and shuffleboard which you can enjoy with drinks and food. If you stand on the bocce field you may notice a familiar “C” logo on one of the ends; the logo may remind you of the Chicago Cubs logo whose owner, William Wrigley, took inspiration from the club’s logo for his team.
Every hike needs a summit; Chicago has no shortage of places to catch great views and the Chicago Athletic Association is no exception. The top floor of the building hosts Cindy’s, a great restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere offering an unobstructed view of Lake Michigan. There is an outdoor patio with seats and fireplaces where you can enjoy the views of Millennium Park and the lake (no purchase required).
Game Room: 11AM-2AM Daily 11AM-3AM Saturday Cindy’s: 11AM-1AM Weekdays 10AM-2AM Saturday 10AM-12AM Sunday