Area Attractions

Presiding over a prime stretch of the iconic Michigan Avenue and across the street from Cloud Gate and Millennium Park, our boutique hotel in downtown Chicago is near banner attractions. Visit the lakefront, the Art Institute, Maggie Daley Park, the theater and financial districts, ––all within an easy walk from the Chicago Athletic Association

Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60603



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At Our Hotel

Rotating Local Art Exhibit

Chicago Athletic Association hotel hosts rotating local art exhibits featuring emerging and established artists. Showcasing diverse works, the exhibit highlights the city's vibrant art scene.

Heritage Bikes

The Chicago Athletic Association offers seasonal bikes that interested hotel guests can borrow. Explore the wonders of downtown Chicago with the convenience of our hotel bikes, including our custom Heritage Bicycles.

Topgolf Swing Suite

Enjoy our Topgolf Swing Suites, offering advanced indoor golf and interactive gaming simulator bays. Accommodating up to 8 people for 4 hours, guests enjoy food & beverage service by the Land and Sea Dept. Available for social gatherings and business events.

Arts + Culture

Chicago Cultural Center

This stunning and historic landmark welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Chicago Cultural Center holds many events that are often free to the public which include music, dance, theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and more.

CIBC Theater

Theater lovers staying at Chicago Athletic Association don't have to go too far when seeing productions of all kinds. CIBC theater is yet another historic and breathtaking property downtown Chicago that has been home to shows like, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and Jersey Boys.

James M. Nederlander Theater

Having many different names and identities throughout its long life, the Nederlander Theater remains just around the corner for a chance at nothing but pure entertainment. On top of its breathtaking interior, theatergoers can see shows like The Addams Family, Wicked, Big Fish, among many others.

The Chicago Theatre

This iconic space, most well-known for its name, lives at the tip of the theater district. For nearly a century, The Chicago Theatre has welcomed many of the world's most beloved artists and visitors through its doors. Visit to see an array of different acts as well as its historic and stylish interior and exterior.


Art Institute Of Chicago
Family At Shedd Aquarium
View White City Ballroom

The Art Institute of Chicago

One of the most venerated art museums in the world, The Art Institute is home to classic masterpieces including A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and American Gothic by Grant Wood.

The Field Museum

Discover an incredible collection of gems, meteorites, fossils, and various artifacts from around the globe in this historic museum. Its piece de resistance is Sue, the largest T. rex specimen ever discovered.

Shedd Aquarium

Perched on Lake Michigan, this award-winning aquarium features exhibits on oceans, rivers, lakes, the Caribbean reef, and the Amazon River, with dozens of incredible aquatic species on full display as well.

Outdoor Recreation

Family At Oak Street Beach
Chicago Riverwalk
The Bean Cloud Gate Millennium Park

Chicago’s Lakeshore Trail

Go for a walk or jog along Chicago’s glorious waterfront path, which hugs 18 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and offers spectacular cityscape and museum campus views.

Lincoln Park

One of Chicago’s largest and most celebrated parks, Lincoln Park is home to a free-of-admission zoo, walking paths, a nature museum, and a string of lively beaches.

Millennium Park

Billing itself as a “new kind of town square,” Millennium Park is a gathering spot in the city’s front yard, with impeccable lake views, the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture—known colloquially as The Bean—as well as an outdoor music venue, an ice-skating rink, public art installations, and so much more.

Oak Street Beach

A favorite local beach, Oak Street sits in the shadow of John Hancock Center. Enjoy a lake swim (when lifeguards are on duty), relax in a lounge chair, play volleyball, people watch, and more.

Chicago Riverwalk

The City of Chicago is pleased to welcome you to the Chicago Riverwalk! The 1.25-mile long path has been constructed in phases over time and includes four distinct districts; The Confluence, The Arcade, The Civic, and the Esplanade. The Chicago River is a treasured natural amenity in the urban canyon of world famous architecture and the Chicago RiverwaIk allows a close proximity to the waterway. The continuous path from Lake Street to the lake front also allows a vertical connection from Upper Wacker Drive down to the waterway.

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park, a 22-acre public park open year-round and located on Chicago's lakefront, is a welcoming, urban retreat for children and adults of all ages. The free and interactive park offers children's play areas, rock climbing, a Skating Ribbon, tennis courts, and a fieldhouse, as well as picnic groves and a beautiful Cancer Survivors' Garden.

Shoreline Sightseeing

With the city’s largest fleet – 11 touring vessels and 6 water taxis – and dozens of architectural guides, Shoreline Sightseeing is one of Chicago’s most popular tours. Purchase your tickets today for your own awesome adventure: from scenic trips along the river to skyline tours on Lake Michigan.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain is a beloved Chicago landmark located in Grant Park. This outdoor fountain features exciting water displays hourly and, at dusk, showcases a stunning lights and music display as accompaniment. Buckingham Fountain operates seasonally from early May through mid-October.

Local Restaurants

Goddess & The Baker

Goddess and the Baker is a fast-casual, fun cafe with locations in the heart of Chicago and one location outside Milwaukee in Brookfield, Wisconsin. We serve breakfast, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and, of course, the best coffee around all day, every day. Our food is seriously good, our coffee is creative and delicious, and our culture is fun with a welcoming vibe. We are passionate about great food and service.

Cafe Bonhomme

Located at 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr., between Randolph and Lake streets, Café Bonhomme combines the elegance of a European café with the casual ambiance of a neighborhood restaurant, celebrating a time characterized by continual socializing, often playful and extravagant, occasionally intellectual, and always high-spirited.

Pizano’s Pizza

Experience a classic Chicago pastime by trying some Pizano's Pizza. Located right around the corner, dine in or take out to experience delicious thin and of course, Chicago deep dish style pizza along with a fantastic selection of pastas.


The Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is the world's largest food festival, held for five days in July in Chicago, Illinois in Grant Park. Non-food-related events include live music on multiple stages, including the Petrillo Music Shell, pavilions, and performances.

Chicago Blues Festival

A Chicago staple for almost 40 years, the festival’s diverse lineup has included everyone from B.B. King and Buddy Guy to Etta James and Koko Taylor and beyond. Performances showcase the genre’s contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock, hip-hop, and more.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition that promotes all forms of jazz through free, high-quality music programming. The festival showcases Chicago's local talent alongside national and international artists to raise awareness and appreciation for one of the city’s most beloved art forms.

Grant Park Festival

This is a 10-week concert series taking place in Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Randolph St. within Millennium Park. The Grant Park Chorus and Grant Park Symphony Orchestra perform on select days within this 10-week period, in addition to guest conductors and performers.

Chicago House Music Festival

This festival features live music and DJs that exhibit all of the styles and sounds of house music, a genre that found its inception in Chicago and has gone on to be very influential when it comes to dance music around the world.


This is the biggest music festival in Chicago, lasting four days every summer in Grant Park on Randolph St. Festival-goers can enjoy amazing live musical performances from some of the best groups and artists in the world with a backdrop of a scenic lakefront and a Windy City summer.

Pride in the Park

Celebrate Pride Month with this diverse and inclusive music festival featuring LGBTQ+ performers, artists, vendors, and more. Held in lakefront Grant Park, Pride in the Park features an exciting lineup of live music, drag performances, local food, and more.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Celebrating the genre’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival has been a staple on the Chicago festival circuit for more than 30 years. This summertime fest features free performances by local and national artists, spanning traditional and contemporary genres.

World Music Festival

This citywide, multi-venue, 11-day festival attracts over 650,000 concertgoers. World Music Festival has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from more than 80 countries since it began in 1999. Concerts will be held all over the city over the 11 days.

Chicago Summerdance

Every summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park transforms into an urban dance floor. Learn new moves during free lessons led by professionals, then dance to the beat of different live bands and DJs at Chicago SummerDance. Glide across the open-air dance floor while learning swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music.