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Case Study

Chicago Athletic Association: Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Landmark


In 2013, Geolo acquired the historic Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) building. Designed and built in 1890 by Henry Ives Cobb as an athletic and social retreat for the likes of the Spaulding, Armour and Wrigley families, the CAA was used to celebrate the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The building sits prominently on Michigan Avenue across from Millennium and Maggie Daley Parks with expansive views of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Athletic Association

Geolo embarked on a comprehensive $125M renovation led by the famed firm of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and the design team at Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors.

Chicago Athletic Association

This unique lifestyle property re-opened in 2015 and has been immediately embraced by travelers and locals. Within three months of opening, the CAA was rated in the top 10% of all Chicago hotels on TripAdvisor.com based on service, amenities and facilities.

Chicago Athletic Association