OCTOBER 2015 – While most of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel revealed itself in grand form in May when it opened its doors to the public after a major, multimillion-dollar makeover, the entire hotel wasn’t ready for show. But that changed in September with the unveiling of Stagg Court and the Tank.
Stagg Court, the former gym, basketball court and running track, was completely transformed into a nearly 4,500-square-foot multipurpose stadium. The gym’s original floor has been restored and the running track is back — at least as a cool viewing platform. Two vintage basketball hoops were hung in homage to the gym’s glory days. Watch for cool programming, like live performances and parties, to get announced for this space.
Meanwhile, the Tank, the former ground-floor pool at the CAA, was turned into a 3,850-square-foot public space. The pool was covered and the original mosaic was reused to mimic the pool’s original lane striping. Today it’s being used for various exhibits, including an art installation to coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which kicked off October 3rd and runs through January 3rd, 2016.