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96% (83 member ratings) "This hotel is going to blow your mind" -- Chicago Magazine

Chicago Athletic Association

The Loop, Chicago
  • Stay in a palatial building that was once a private club for the city's elite
  • Amazing location, just across the street from Millennium Park 
  • Drink and dine at the five critically praised bars and restaurants on site
  • The 13th-floor rooftop patio boasts one of the best views of the city 

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96% (83 member ratings)

4.2Value for the Money


12 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL, 60603
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We can't remember the last time a Chicago hotel opened to this much fanfare. Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ and Vanity Fair all wrote glowingly about this old-meets-new Michigan Avenue property, but we think Chicago Magazine said it best: "This hotel is going to blow your mind." 

Originally a gentlemen-only private club for the elite, this palatial property opened to the public for the first time in 125 years in May 2015. The property restored many of the 19th-century details like marble floors, rich wood-paneled walls, 12 working fireplaces, stained-glass windows and cast-iron staircases.

Guest rooms offer a nod to the building's history as an athletic club, with details like table legs wrapped like tennis racquets and pommel horse-style seating at the end of your bed. Modern touches like power centers with USB hookups, Bluetooth sound systems and complimentary Wi-Fi bring your stay into the 21st century. Bathrooms feature white-tiled walls, Carrara marble sinks and C.O. Bigelow Apothecary bath products. 

The restaurants and bars on the 2nd floor are run by Chicago's Land and Sea Dept., also behind the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle. The Game Room bar features an indoor bocce court, foosball and a shuffleboard table; play while you sip a locally brewed craft beer or a classic cocktail. In the Cherry Circle Room, dine on a menu inspired by original 1890s-era options like chateaubriand of beef, roasted leg of lamb, caviar or a bone-in ribeye steak. 

Guests should absolutely make a stop at Cindy's on the 13th floor. It's the only addition to the original building and became an instant hot spot as soon as it opened. Evoking a Great Lakes beach house, the rooftop terrace offers food and drinks and amazing views of downtown Chicago overlooking Millennium Park. Those looking for a more casual destination can find a Shake Shack outpost on the ground floor. 

Located across from Millennium Park and the Art Institute, the CAA is minutes from everything you'd want to see in downtown Chicago. The Magnificent Mile is just north across the river, State Street and the Loop are a few blocks west, and the "Restaurant Rows" of Randolph Street and Fulton Market are a 10-minute cab ride away. With a CTA station a block away and buses outside the front door, any other part of the city can be easily accessed. 

From the press: 
  • "The hottest hotel in town" -- Vanity Fair
  • "One of the most architecturally and historically significant buildings in Chicago" -- Chicago Magazine
  • "The new grande dame" -- Travel + Leisure
  • "America's best new hotel" -- Men's Journal


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.


  • Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests

  • Children 13 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Pack and play available on request, free of charge, for a baby. Extra beds are not available.


  • Two pets are allowed on request, free of charge.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

From O'Hare Airport, the CAA is an hour's drive or a 45-60 minute trip on the CTA Blue Line. It's a 30- to 45-minute drive from Midway Airport, or a 40-minute trip on the CTA Orange Line. 


  • 12 S. Michigan Ave
  • Chicago, IL, 60603
  • United States

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Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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