Love Letters, Crew Love & Wes Anderson-Inspired Patisserie
LOVE LETTERS FROM THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL
Long established as an occasion for lovers to express their true feelings for one another through the affectionate art of card-writing, known as “valentines,” this loving Valentine’s Day tradition is honored at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. Throughout the hotel’s second floor lobby Drawing Room and rooftop restaurant and bar Cindy’s, letter writing stations will be available for guests to take to vintage typewriters and write love letters. The Chicago Athletic Association hotel will collect all penned letters and send them to the author’s desired address. Accompanied by a local florist on Sunday, complimentary letter writing stations will be open Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 for all to enjoy.
Online jewelry and gift boutique Local Eclectic will be in the Drawing Room on Saturday, February 13th for those looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift as well as local floral partner Fleur. On Sunday from 11a.-1p., local boutique Madison Hall will be selling goods in the Drawing Room.
CINDY’S PATISSERIE POP-UP
Inspired by the whimsically charming and contagiously lovable Mendl’s café romanticized in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cindy’s will offer a Patisserie Pop-Up Café. Much as Zero would carry home Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat, guests will be able to pick their patisserie of choice handcrafted by Executive Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard and Executive Chef Christian Ragano, and have it boxed up to take home. With a wide array of festive pastries, French Press Intelligentsia coffee, and Perrier-Jouët “Blason” Brut Rosé Champagne, the Patisserie Pop-Up Café will be teased out within the dining room on Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m, and will encompass the entire private dining room on Valentine’s Day itself, Sunday, February 14 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. The pop-up will be open to the public on Sunday, February 14. Finally, floral partner Madison Hall will be on site selling beautifully crafted & inspired blooms in the Pop-Up Café all day.
VALENTINE’S DAY MENU AT CHERRY CIRCLE ROOM
Cherry Circle Room will be offering a special, a la carte Valentine’s Day menu available to guests over Valentine’s Day weekend. Executive Chef Pete Coenen has created a menu of specials for the occasion, including Kusshi oysters with a champagne mignonette, poached Maine lobster risotto with white truffle honey, and pomegranate-glazed lamb shank, as well as two super decadent desserts from executive pastry chef Kristine Antonian: Chocolate peanut butter ganache with banana ice cream, butterscotch, and dates, and white chocolate cremeux with raspberry cake, candied sesame, and pomegranate. This special menu will be available alongside the normal dinner menu in Cherry Circle Room from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Reservations can be made by visiting Cherry Circle Room on OpenTable.
CREW LOVE AT GAME ROOM
This Valentine’s Day, share the love with your friends in Game Room. On February 13 from 9 p.m. –1 a.m., the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is celebrating Crew Love. DJ Kristin Marx and her crew from Toast ’n Jam will be spinning the best in music duets and collaborations and games will be open and available for playing. Game Room will have a Paul McGee large format cocktails on special and large format beer available for sharing, and as always, Game Room’s sharable snacks will be offered all night. Admission to Game Room is free, no RSVP necessary.