LOVING: THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC HOTEL
With echoes of billiard balls, poker chips, and clinking glasses frozen within its walls, this 1890’s Venetian Gothic landmark in the Chicago Loop near Millennium Park springs back to life as an incomparable historic downtown Chicago hotel, the Chicago Athletic hotel.
Roman & Williams design duo have created a gorgeously appointed new old-world style in the hotel. You’ll find a design aesthetic in rooms and suites inspired by the athletic heritage of the building—with thoroughly contemporary hotel amenities throughout. Nostalgic details remain within the spaces, quite literally, as the designers toured the initial raw space, finding paintings in the basement, trophies, dusty lighting and furniture, and abandoned athletic equipment.
When hotel guests enter their rooms and suites, they’ll notice a wooden gym ladder is smartly reimagined into storage wall that’s as likely to stow a flask as a vintage self-improvement manual. A pommel horse becomes a bench, mixing easily with leather club chairs, lacquered wood furnishings, and nightstands with legs clad in a tennis racket’s leather grip. A sense of play is definitely alive in every hotel room and suite.