Called the “the hottest hotel in town” by Vanity Fair, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel opened in this May on Michigan Avenue. For more than 120 years, the Athletic Association was a gentlemen-only club filled with Chicago’s elite. The elegant 1893 Venetian Gothic-style building had had been shut since 2007, and its was uncertain until it was purchased in 2012 by Geolo Capital (Commune Hotels & Resorts) and AJ Capital Partners stepped in to transform this former boys’ club into one of the most sought-after hotels in the city. Designed by the firms of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Roman and Williams, the design pays homage to the building’s history. At the same time, the designers made it feel modern and new by blending elaborate turn-of-the-century architectural detailing with vintage and custom pieces that reference the hotel’s sport-centric past.
Images via the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
Leather Club Chairs
Is there anything that says gentlemen’s club more than leather club chairs? (Note the vintage boxing gloves on the bench.)