Over the years, I've written a few times about the Chicago Athletic Association . It is NOW (or...I suppose when I say "now", I really mean pre-COVID because I haven't been anywhere near the CAA for a couple of years) a hip, boutique hotel with a great rooftop bar (Cindy's) and a cool lobby-adjacent bar and gameroom . But, that's the place's second life. The first life was as the real-deal Chicago Athletic Association. A membership-based club like the Union League or University Club. Old-school. It also was the place where my oldest sister was married. All the way back when I was in high school. I also was invited to have a few lunches there from Tom Roeser back in the aughts. Was always a lot of fun to hear Tom tell stories. Years after that, the club failed. I think the membership aged out, the value of the real estate was too high and they couldn't make it work. But, it was always a place that was on my radar. And, because it was around
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I've written a few times about the Chicago Athletic Association here in Chicago over the years . It is a place that holds a special meaning in my my life as it was where my oldest sister was married back in the early 1990's. It has since been reborn as an uber-hip hotel with a cool rooftop bar (Cindy's). I've been there for both drinks with friends and also work meetings/events . On a couple of occasions, I've come across artifacts from the CAA at stores and estate sales. Nat and I have bought a few serving pieces for my sister and her husband and given them as Christmas/birthday gifts over the years. The CAA has a wide variety of serving pieces and dishes that have been sold/taken that have shown up in the market online, too. This is a silver spoon from Reed and Barton that I when I saw it, I knew that I had to buy it. When you pick it up, you notice that it is old. It is tarnished and just feels old. It is heavy yet delicate. A look at the end
Last week, I was, once again, at the Chicago Athletic Association building for an event called the Carrier Summit from one of my #clients at Edelman called Businessolver. The folks at Businessolver are doing some incredible things for benefits administration and I'm honored to be able to partner with them to build their business and deliver solutions for HR pros. Again...making sure I put this here: #client. But, while there was some good stuff during the sessions, one of the stars of the show, was again the building at the CAA. I've posted about the building and my visits before on the blog ( here's the full set of posts ) and I have a super soft spot in my heart for the place. My oldest sister was married at the CAA back in the early 1990's and I spent more than a few afternoons eating sandwiches with the great Tom Roeser back in the aughts where we talked about his blog and he told some pretty incredible stories. And the building keeps delighting
I had a few of these Virtue Ciders that are listed here on the menu above at Cindy's inside of the CAA a few weeks back and it struck me funny that they listed the location as "Chicago, IL". If you go to the Virtue site, it says they're right in the middle of Fennville, Michigan - which we're familiar with being right by Crane's Orchard. Weird, right? But, if you poke around, you'll see that Virtue sold out to Goose Island last fall . Which...means, Virtue is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Which makes it 'big cider', right? Doesn't make it bad, but might explain the 'Chicago' address instead of Fennville, Michigan? Also, for the record, I did also have one of the Butterfly Flash Mobs from the fellas at Solemn Oath. Rootin' for the home team, and all, right?
Back a couple of weeks, I met my childhood friend Neil at the Chicago Athletic Association building for a few beverages and some what-have-yous. We got the full tour of the place from the drawing room to the game room to the new rooftop place called Cindy's. We didn't however, get into the Cherry Circle Room. It didn't open until 5. The Cherry Circle is a place that I've been before. In fact, it was likely one of my few times when I was served in a bar before I was 21. My oldest sister was married back in the 90's at the CAA and I remember spending time with her soon-to-be-husband and his wedding party in the Cherry Circle the morning of the wedding. I really like what the new owners of the place have done with the place. They've kept everything that was wonderful with the old CAA and breathed a lot of new life into the place. It is funky and weird, but not so off-putting as a place like the Ace Hotel in DTLA is for me. I'd gladly go back and