The Chicago Athletic Association’s Transformation

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Shrouded in mystery since its completion in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA), 12 S. Michigan Ave., was an exclusive private club until it closed in 2007. It sat dormant until 2012, when new ownership began an artful and iconic renovation process, restoring the celebrated structure to its original grandeur and reopening as a four-star, lifestyle boutique hotel.CAAStaircaseJLL’s Project and Development Services Hotel and Hospitality team, including Lori Horvath, Mabry Kritzer, Dick Esterquest and David Black, led the project management efforts on behalf of our client. The intricacies of the building construction methods (old and new), the re-design of the infrastructure to seamlessly integrate with the new building program and the overall building architecture and interior design of the new environment were all strategically planned and coordinated throughout the process. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Roman & Williams Building and Interiors led the design process.CAALobbyInnumerable treasures were discovered beneath years of past renovations, including original walnut herringbone floors and beautiful Carrera marble tile hidden beneath carpet; stained glass, ballroom chandeliers and plaster ceiling and molding details were painstakingly restored by talented craftsmen. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why the CAA logo looks quite similar to the Chicago Cubs’, it’s because the Wrigleys were original members and bought the logo rights decades ago. Red, white and black changed to red, white and blue in support of the Armed Forces during WWI.CherryCircleRoomOwned by a partnership including AJ Capital Partners, Geolo Capital and Agman Partners, the CAA features 241 hotel rooms; the property is operated by Commune Hotels & Resorts. Totaling 225,000 SF, CAA includes multiple meeting and event spaces, retail and food and beverage outlets. Enjoy dining at Shake Shack this summer or indulging in a chocolate elixir later this fall at Vosges. The hotel’s second floor features a Game Room with bocce, billiards and chess as well as a delectable dining experience in the Cherry Circle Room – operated by the Land and Sea Dept.Cindys The pièce de résistance. Cindy’s, the 4,500 SF rooftop bar and restaurant named after John Pritzker’s mother, is another vibrant bar and dining option to explore.TheBeanCheck out the view of Millennium Park!

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