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Welcome to the Drawing Room

The hotel's warm lobby is a great place to eat, drink and socialize


Remember the days when a hotel lobby was merely a place you’d walk through on your way in or out of the building? These days, a lobby is a hotel’s heart and soul, often seen as a gathering place for guests and locals. That’s exactly what you’ll find within the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Drawing Room, a sprawling yet comfortable room comprising a variety of spaces where you can meet, mingle, canoodle and indulge.

Service, which is handled by our Land & Sea Dept. partners, starts at 7 a.m. with a menu by chef Pete Coenen and continues through 2:30. You can get breakfast or lunch with items including an open-faced egg and ham sandwich; French onion soup in a crock; tuna Nicoise; and a double-griddle cheese burger. Metropolis provides the coffee, Rare Tea Cellars does the tea service and we have cold pressed juice from Time Machine — all local businesses we love. Come midday, the menu morphs into a shared plates affair and cocktails by master mixologist Paul McGee and a stellar wine list by Andrew Algren.

Beyond the food and drink, the welcoming atmosphere — with deep couches and other cozy seats, a communal table for working, fireplaces, fantastic art, a library and an all-around historic feel — is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Come join us, won’t you?

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