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Chicago Athletic Association

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Stay in a palatial building that was once a private club for the city's elite
  • 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 
  • Just across the street from Millennium Park & steps from the Art Institute

"This hotel is going to blow your mind" -- Chicago Magazine
Enjoyed This
(30 Member Ratings)
"Cindy’s Rooftop Bar"
Maria Peterson
Dec 30, 2018
North Barrington, IL, USA

Map & Directions

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. 

Rooms & Rates

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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 Chicago's 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 pommel horse-style seating at the end of your bed. Modern touches like power centers with USB hookups 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 second floor include The Game Room bar with an indoor bocce court and a shuffleboard table and the Cherry Circle Room, dine on a menu inspired by original 1890s-era options like chateaubriand of beef, caviar or a bone-in ribeye steak. Guests should absolutely make a stop at Cindy's on the 13th floor -- it became an instant hot spot as soon as it opened for its amazing views overlooking Millennium Park. For more casual dining, there's a Shake Shack on the ground floor, and the CAA is the world's only hotel where you can order Shake Shack room service. 

From the press: 
  • "The hottest hotel in town" -- Vanity Fair
  • "Undeniably cool" Fodor's
  • "One of the most architecturally and historically significant buildings in Chicago" -- Chicago Magazine
  • "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 the hotel
  • 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


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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.

Pets: Two pets are allowed on request, free of charge.

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $68.00 (inclusive of tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(30 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Chicago Athletic Association (Commune Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Cindy’s Rooftop Bar
Maria Peterson Dec 30, 2018 North Barrington, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Marybeth Dec 11, 2018 Milwaukee, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Standout staff - everyone from the front desk to the restaurant and bar staff was wonderful. We also love all the bars and restaurants at the property.
Beth Jul 15, 2018 Chicago, IL, USA
Other Comments
The room was very small. The temperature in the room was 76 so it was too hot to sleep.
Nicolet Mar 12, 2018 Wadsworth, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
the charm.. beautiful !!!
Hilda Mar 07, 2018 Buffalo, NY, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff, location, energy.
Other Comments
With very little impact on our trip, a bulb needed to be replaced on a reading light and the main light fixture needed replacement or repair. Room 1015.
Robert Feb 27, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, beautiful old building, game room, quiet lobby that felt like a library, rooftop bar!
Other Comments
Karen Feb 23, 2018 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
the architecture was pretty amazing. details kept in the hotel from the early days give it a great feel
Other Comments
disappointed that two of the three bars were closed for maintenance on one day of our two day stay. could not get the room to cool down below 72 degrees no matter what the thermostat was set for.
Kip Feb 22, 2018 Alden, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Dining experiences
Samuel Feb 16, 2018 Glen Ellyn, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The rooms were so unique! I think I found a favorite Chicago hotel!
Christian Feb 14, 2018 West New York, NJ, USA

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