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Cherry Circle Yacht Club

June 27, 2016 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Tank

Chicago Athletic Association hotel and Land and Sea Dept. presents:

The Cherry Circle Yacht Club June 10 – June 27

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel and Land and Sea Dept. are excited to announce the opening of the Cherry Circle Yacht Club – a pop-up bar experience opening on Friday, June 10, in the hotel’s ground floor space that formerly served as the Chicago Athletic Association’s pool, The Tank.

The pop-up will coincide with the world-renowned America’s Cup sailing competition, happening on Lake Michigan for the first time on June 10, 11 and 12. The Cherry Circle Yacht Club is inspired by the Chicago Athletic Association’s own yacht team from the early 20th century, and is named after their boat the Cherry Circle. The concept was developed by Chicago-based art gallery Johalla Projects and Ship to Shore Productions, content creators specializing in science, nature, and conservation story telling.

Land and Sea Dept. will be operating the bar, which will feature a menu of historic and nautically inclined cocktails from beverage director Paul McGee, alongside a selection of beer from Anchor Brewing and champagne from Moët-Hennessey. The pop up will also be featuring products from Anchor Distilling & Real McCoy Rum.

Designed by Johalla Projects, the Yacht Club will be a freestanding build-out in The Tank, outfitted in vintage furniture, maritime-inspired décor, and coastal touches. Land and Sea Dept. and the Chicago Athletic Association hotel will be collaborating on special events in the space – stay tuned for details.

To celebrate the pop-up, Ship To Shore will host an installment of Storytelling Series in the Yacht Club on June 16 at 7pm. Join STS co-founder and sailing photographer Zachary James Johnston for a conversation with fellow photographer and Great Lakes surfer Mike Killion. Guests can RSVP here.

The Cherry Circle Yacht Club will be open Thursday – Sunday through June 26, from 5pm to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon – 5pm on Sundays. The Cherry Circle Yacht Club will also be open special extended hours June 10 – 12 for guests who are on the lakefront to experience the America’s Cup race: 5pm – midnight on Friday, June 10, noon – midnight on Saturday, June 11, and noon – 10pm on Sunday, June 12.

Press Inquiries

Carrie Sloan, Land and Sea Dept.

Emmy Carragher. Wagstaff Worldwide

About Chicago Athletic Association:

Located on Chicago’s fashionable Michigan Avenue across from the iconic Millennium Park in the city’s famed Loop District, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel combines its storied legacy as one of the nation’s most revered social clubs, with modern day sophistication. The historic building’s transformation into a 241-room boutique hotel is a result of a visionary partnership between international multi-brand lifestyle hotel management company, Commune Hotels & Resorts, AJ Capital, Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and the award winning design firm, Roman and Williams Building and Interiors. The Chicago Athletic Association hotel features 17,000 square feet of stunning event space featuring sweeping views of Lake Michigan, elegantly appointed guests rooms including 23 uniquely designed suites, an interactive game room, curated retail space by Madison Hall and multiple innovative culinary experiences. The food and beverage outlets include rooftop bar and restaurant Cindy’s with captivating views of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, restaurant concepts by Chicago-based Land & Sea Dept. and Shake Shack by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality. These exceptional offerings for incoming visitors and locals alike make Chicago Athletic Association poised to once again become the epicenter of the city’s thriving social scene.

For reservations or more information, please visit or call 312.940.3552.

About Land and Sea Dept.

Land and Sea Dept. is a Chicago-based concept and project development studio working creatively and passionately across disciplines. Its principals – Cody Hudson, Jon Martin, Robert McAdams and Peter Toalson – have collective decades of involvement in the fields of art, construction, design, event production, identity, marketing, music, and woodworking. Their experience allows them to apply their unique creative perspectives across a variety of applications and constantly develop new concepts.

Land and Sea Dept. has completed a broad range of projects (art exhibitions, film screenings, live concerts, bars, restaurants, structural designs, and more), including some of Logan Square’s best-loved establishments: Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Lost Lake, and Thank You. Most recently, Land and Sea Dept. opened four restaurant concepts within the restored and reimagined Chicago Athletic Association: Cherry Circle Room, Game Room, Drawing Room, and Milk Room.

About Johalla Projects

Johalla Projects was established in 2009 as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects is a collective space collaborating with artists, writers, and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions, Johalla Projects thrives on its partnerships outside the gallery walls, staging murals, large-scale art installations, public works and guest curating for partners including the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Alderman Joe Moreno, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, Fountain Art Fair, The James Chicago, Soho House Chicago and the Chicago Athletic Association.

About Ship to Shore Productions

Ship To Shore Productions is a collective of photographers, filmmakers, writers, scientists and travelers, specializing in adventure, science, nature and conservation storytelling. Ship To Shore has partnered with GoPro, National Geographic, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and Costa Sunglasses, among others. With a network around the globe beyond its principal members, no project, topic or place is out of reach.

June 27, 2016 12:00 am - 11:45 pm


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