A Home For The Hungry Traveler

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel has been named one of Food Network's "Best Food Hotels in the Country"

APRIL 2019 — With seven restaurants and bars under our historic roof, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is a home for wanderlust foodies, whether they’re stay as a hotel guest with us, or living just down the street. And with Food Network’s newly-published list of “The Best Food Hotels in the Country” featuring our humble abode, we’d love to have you in sometime soon to see — and taste — for yourself!

As Food Network puts it, “the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is home to some of the Windy City’s top-notch establishments.” And beyond the outlets themselves, we continue to serve as the “only hotel that offers Shake Shack room service, thanks to a ground-floor location of the lauded national burger joint.” Here’s how Food Network’s Layla Khoury-Hanold describes each of our restaurants and culinary pop-up experiences:

“Dinner at Cherry Circle Room is like dining in a 1960s supper club, with rich wood tones, warm lighting and modern interpretations of dishes inspired by the hotel’s original opening menus — think beef tartare with quail egg, salsa verde and Gouda. Within the restaurant is Milk Room, an eight-seat microbar that was once a speakeasy frequented by association members and boasts an extensive selection of whiskies. For a more laid-back vibe and stellar city views, head to Cindy’s, the hotel’s glass-enclosed rooftop bar that overlooks Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, on the 13th floor. Come summer, the open-air terrace and outdoor bar become one of the city’s warm-weather hotspots. Look for seasonal pop-up bars in The Tank (formerly home to the building’s swimming pool), such as an over-the-top celebration of Christmas known as Happy’s and a summer-ready bar timed for Lollapalooza.”

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