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How to Spend Valentine’s Day at the Hotel

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FEBRUARY 2018 – Whether you’re celebrating another year with your sweetheart or you’re happily celebrating being single, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has a bunch of fantastic things for you to do in Chicago on Valentine’s Day. From a romantic meal at Cindy’s, Chicago’s best rooftop, to a fun twirl around a roller rink, we have you covered.

Bow & Eros Pop-up Patisserie
You can’t go home empty handed and for that reason, our executive pastry chef Jove Hubbard and pastry sous chef Lorena Idrovo will set up the Bow & Eros, a Greco-Roman-inspired pop-up patisserie just inside the hotel’s Madison Street entrance. The pair will prepare gorgeous handcrafted confections and delightful treats in partnership with Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolates, including macarons and bonbons, white and dark hot chocolate, jars of jams and spreads and chocolate bars and barks. The shop will be open Feb. 9 and 10, and again Feb. 13 and 14 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Upstairs, Cindy’s will offer various Bow + Eros treats as takeaways, too!

Skate the Night Away!
To build up to all the excitement that is Valentine’s Day in Chicago, the hotel will host Eat, Skate, Love/Hate, four roller skating sessions on Feb. 9 and 10 in Stagg Court open to singles, couples, trios and more. We welcome everyone who wants to lace up a pair of skates and go for a whirl — the more the merrier! No matter if you’re in love or full of hate, we’ll play a solid mix of songs to fall in love or tear your heart out! Looking to up the ante? Book our special Roller Rate with your ticket purchase and roll up to your room when you’ve had your fill on the floor. For $109 + tax, you can get a room with sweets and sparkling wine delivered upon your return. Tickets for skate sessions run $20 and you can also rent skates ($5) or bring your own, but you must be 18 or over to attend.

Valentine’s Meals at Cindy’s and Cherry Circle Room
Can you think of a more romantic setting than sitting beneath an open-view glass ceiling high atop the hotel and gazing out over Lake Michigan and Millennium Park? We can’t either. That’s why you should book your Valentine’s Day dinner (or lunch!) at Cindy’s, which is not only romantic and delicious, but one of the best restaurants in Chicago. For this holiday, chef Keith Potter will offer his regular menus, but has created a few fantastic specials, including a creamy burrata salad and fresh pear salad with frisee and winter citrus all drizzled with nduja vinaigrette; carnaroli rice risotto that playfully mingles with gorgeous local organic mushrooms, black truffles and chicken jus; and smoked sturgeon loin served with braised red cabbage, celeriac puree and a cider reduction to add just a little bit of a tart bite. Make your reservations by calling (312) 792-3502 or booking through our website.

At the award-winning Cherry Circle Room, another one of the best restaurants in Chicago, chef Pete Coenen will supplement the regular menu with a few a la carte specials, which sound so sexy they’re already making our mouths water. Chef is adding two specials: escargot Rockefeller with bacon, kale and Pernod as a starter and his entrée is a $100 roast chicken for two, decked out with Brussels sprouts and black truffle served tableside. For dessert, pastry chef Kristine Antonian will fill up her dessert cart with a variety of pastries and chocolates. And when you get thirsty, add an optional wine pairing or sip on mixologist Paul McGee’s special cocktail, Le Perroquet, that comprises gin, Campari, cava and tangerine. Reserve your spot through OpenTable and get ready to pucker up!

Drinks at Milk Room
If you want your fun Valentine’s Day adventure to revolve around rare and fine spirits — and some elegant fare — hang your hat at Milk Room. For this special night, Milk Room will offer three seatings (5, 7:30 and 10) where guests, paying $200 per person, will get greeted with a cocktail to share, served in a coconut. The drink, comprising fino sherry, coconut, lime and absinthe, will be enjoyed alongside a shellfish tower for two. Following the coconut delight, each guest will choose two special cocktails. Mixologist Paul McGee has created a special drink menu just for that night, which includes a Rusty Nail (A. Dewar Rattray Glen Grant 15-year Scotch and 1960s Drambui) and the Airmail (Real McCoy 12-year Barbados rum, thistle honey and Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne). Griddled gruyere and jamon Iberico tea sandwiches will accompany the drinks followed by a shared chocolate dessert. If all that isn’t enough, guests will take away hot chocolate made with 1960s Cynar and a Fernet marshmallow; a box of mignardises and a special amaro blend to all be enjoyed in the cozy comforts of home. Book your spot through Tock.

Old-fashioned Romance Package
If Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing or you just want to get romantic another night, book the Old-fashioned Romance Package at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. This special one-night package (booked on a date of your choice) welcomes guests to their room with a soulful Spotify playlist we’ve created along with an array of custom chocolates designed by executive pastry chef Jove Hubbard. Then, enjoy a pair of Old Fashioned cocktails at the venue of your choice: Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room, Game Room or Drawing Room. The morning after your romantic affair, enjoy brunch at the Cherry Circle Room before departing. Hopefully you’ll have worked up quite an appetite.

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