Shake Shack isn't the only acclaimed restaurant group that's heading to the forthcoming Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Land & Sea Dept., the guys behind Longman & Eagle and Parson's Chicken & Fish, have also signed onto the forthcoming hotel project in the long-vacant historic landmarked building across from Millennium Park, and is planning its first restaurant project outside Logan Square. The first inkling of the project was reported in June.
Land & Sea says they'll handle the second floor space of the building at 12 S. Michigan Ave., which was once home to the Cherry Circle Room restaurant. They'll also operate a restored bar, part of the lobby, a tasting room and a game room—the latter of which will feature bocce, billiards, chess, and more.
Land & Sea isn't yet releasing specifics on the food or beverage programs but they term the building, which was completed in 1893, and the spaces therein "stunning." The entire project is slated to open sometime in 2015.
With this interesting multi-faceted project joining Shake Shack and 240 guest rooms in the forthcoming hotel, as well as Alpana Singh's Seven Lions opening soon down the street, the revitalization of Michigan Avenue in the Loop is gaining serious momentum. Expect more details on Land & Sea's project soon.