Storytelling: A History of Fireside Chats  

Winter is a time to gather around the fire for stories

WINTER 2018 – Is anything better than gathering in front of a roaring fire in a big stone fireplace in the midst of winter? When it’s cold outside, you want to bundle up with big cozy sweaters, get a mug of hot cocoa (or, frankly, a hot toddy) and hang with friends and loved ones. Add in some great stories and you have the makings of a perfect wintertime night.

The Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel was made for nights (and days) like this. With three massive stone fireplaces dating back to the late 1800s, we have carved-out spaces where you can gather and hang — while hearing stories. These areas have hosted countless people over the decades whether to sit back and relax in modern times with delicious fare and a glass of wine from the team at Land & Sea Dept. or engage in meetings with other power brokers (don’t forget the CAA was once a sport and social club for Chicago’s wealthiest and most powerful men).

These fireside chats hark back to a time when President Franklin D. Roosevelt would communicate to the country and keep everyone updated on the goings-on in America and often inform citizens about the New Deal, the recession and WWII.

Today, join us in the Drawing Room for our own style of fireside chats where you can sit back and list to cultural movers and shakers discuss everything from art, design, and architecture to modern-day culinary arts, the music industry, and more. Check out our events calendar to stay in the loop on upcoming events!

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