Cherry Circle Room
May 11, 2018
The historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue, which dates back to the 1890s. Inside you’ll find a number of stylish dining and drinking options including, most notably the restored Cherry Circle Room. The space has been gloriously restored by Land and Sea Dept, the iconic restaurant space reimagined with a food and drink programme inspired by Chicago Athletic Association menus dating as far back to the latte-19th and early-20th century. Expect 30-day, dry-aged prime ribeye and roasted leg of lamb for two alongside a selection of salads (though this isn’t a top spot for vegetarians). The cocktail menu, by Paul McGee of Lost Lake, features six house drinks, mainly based on gin, whisky and rum, including the Toronto, a blend of rye whisky, demerara and fernet, and the potent Old Cuban, a serious mix of rum, lime, mint and champagne. There are also “historic” cocktails inspired by famed bartender Jacques Straub’s recipes from 1914.