The long awaited hotel reboot of the old Chicago Athletic Association building on Michigan Avenue will be officially opening this June. Designed by Henry Ives Cobb and built in 1893, the building has spent the last couple of years being restored by Chicago's Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture while its interior has been remodeled by New York's Roman and Williams. The 241 room hotel joins John Pritzker's Commune Hotels & Resorts collection of trendy, upscale hotels which include the Thompson Hotel and Joie de Vivre Hotel chains. Once home to the elite Chicago Athletic Association, the new hotel joins the Virgin Hotel and several other downtown projects that have transformed historic buildings into high end hotels. According to Commune, many of the building's ornate details have been preserved and restored, including the main marble staircase, its stained glass windows and its low relief wood carvings.
While the project pays homage to its historic roots, it will also feature some modern amenities including a game room, a rooftop bar and 17,000 square feet of event space. The hotel's restaurant offerings are also highly anticipated with Shake Shack taking over a ground level retail space while the Land & Sea Dept. will open a restaurant on the second floor. According to the Tribune, guests should expect to pay about $365 per night to stay at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
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