Above: Library at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

I must admit that I made my reservation at the newChicago Athletic Association Hotelwith slight misgivings. More than one major travel publication has heralded it as “Chicago’s hottest new hotel,” but after my stay in the city’s beautifully designed but self-satisfiedSoho House, which competes for the same demographic, I had doubts that the service would match the remarkable architecture.

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Above: Library at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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