Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Site Inspection
For those of you who don't know Chicago well, right off the bat, the location is ideal for so many things: directly across from Millennium Park (the Bean, venue for many festivals and concerts, etc.) and a very short walk to the Art Institute, Grant Park, Michigan Avenue (shopping), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, many city university campuses, River North and more. An historic building (its namesake,) and now managed by Hyatt, it has beautiful, well-restored, classic Chicago features and all the amenities and perks one would expect from a modern hotel. Located in this busy part of the city, the lobby is also one floor above street level (though there is a doorman there to greet and guide you) and the noise from the street was very well stifled.
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Chicago Athletic Association - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
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While I came at a busy time, I was still able to see both a queen and king bed standard room - both very spacious, with double-sink LARGE bathrooms, ample closest/storage space, and a mini-bar with morning beverage options too. I snuck in just before check-in to two suites, set up for a bridal party coming in that weekend, including the most historic looking Founders Suite. One of my favorite features of this unique, converted space, is that there are several pockets of the hotel that can essentially become private areas just for you and your guests. A couple of the suites essentially a join in their entrances and some floors are set up ideally to accommodate a group booking.
I have also included a couple images here of their event spaces, which also give an incredible sense of place. I could imagine this hotel working very well for many different special occasions. Outside of the three larger event spaces, there are also several bar and restaurant venues, both managed by the hotel and as separate businesses. One of particular note is the Milk room: a high-end, eight seat cocktail bar focusing on vintage spirits, which requires a special reservation to attend (I was promised the sales team could coordinate that for any of our guests.)
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