Flashback: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Builds on Long History

  • Flashback: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Builds on Long History

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     

Though the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has become one of the hottest new properties in Chicago, the history of the building goes back more than a century. The original CAA was established in 1890 with a mission of “providing a setting for athletic, business and social activities.” Founding members included AG Spalding, Cyrus McCormick and Marshall Field.

The CAA remained a men’s-only club until 1972, and it was the only athletic club to survive the Great Depression, remaining a private membership organization until a final closure in 2007. Just a few years later, AJ Capital, Geolo Capital and Commune Hotels + Resorts began a groundbreaking two-year restoration that aimed to keep the incredible integrity intact. The building has since achieved Class L certification through the Historic Preservation and Landmarks and the National Park Service.

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The new customizable Wicker Park venue was built by planners for planners.

 

On March 6, nearly 200 meeting planners, event producers, experiential design experts and vendor partners gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center to talk cutting edge tech trends, explore new educational topics and connect with friends old and new.