JUNE 10-26,2016 


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.