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Who’s Making Your Food & Drinks?

The CAA has assembled a serious pro team for the restaurants and bars on the property — so who is cooking your food and making your drinks?


With the hotel gearing to open, the Chicago Athletic Association has been leaking out more details about what you can expect from the property. So what’s happening now? It’s all about food and drinks.

Yes, you may have heard Shake Shack will open on the ground floor with an entrance off Michigan Avenue. And sure, you likely learned that Land and Sea Dept., the team behind hot spots Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish and Lost Lake, were involved, but now we can leak a little bit more.

Land and Sea will oversee the food offerings in the hotel’s chic and stately lobby; the playful Game Room, where guests can play bocce, billiards and table shuffle board; and the intimate Milk Room, a 10-seat whiskey-focused bar. The team also just announced they’ve hired chef  to oversee the kitchen in the renovated Cherry Circle Room, which originally opened back around the turn of the century. Coenen, who served as executive chef at the Gage, is currently refining the menu for the approximately 100-seat spot, so we’ll get you more details on that soon.

Other exciting news is that announcement that Christian Ragano (NoMI, Guildhall) will serve as the hotel’s executive chef. Along with bar manager a.k.a. Spirit Guide, Nandini Khaund (Violet Hour, The Charleston), Ragano will oversee in-room dining, events and catering. But most exciting? The superstar duo will also create the menus for the super cozy and chic rooftop lounge, Cindy’s. Like Coenen, Ragano and Khaund are finalizing their menus, but one thing we can reveal: You’re going to love sipping cocktails and eating family-style meals while gazing at jaw-dropping views.

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