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February 2013

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the StandaRd ClUB 320 South Plymouth Court 312.427.9100 stclub.org The Standard Club was founded in 1869 and relocated to its current home in downtown in 1926. Much of the decor combines the rich architectural detailing of the time with modern artwork and details. The main dining room is a massive space with deeply rich wood paneling. Yet the walls are adorned with huge modern artwork selected by the membership. The cocktail lounge on the first floor takes you back to the mod Mad Men era. A scene of the Great Chicago Fire hand-etched in black linoleum by renowned Chicago artist and architect Edgar Miller in 1954 covers the walls. If the lounge isn't enough of a draw, the complimentary happy hour nosh will certainly draw your attention. The fitness facilities offer an indoor lap pool and gymnasium as well as a full range of machines, classes, and personal training. Interested in a pickup game of basketball? Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated times. The club's 60 guest rooms are simple yet comfortable. Business travelers especially will appreciate the data ports in each room as well as the secretarial services available upon request. The halls of the The Standard Club. Union leagUe ClUB 65 West Jackson Boulevard 312.427.7800 ulcc.org In the heart of the banking district, the Union League Club has been a pillar of tradition and civic involvement since 1879. The feeling of Old World refinement begins the moment you step into the lobby, with its marble floors and sweeping staircase. The sense of history is palpable. One striking feature is the library, complete with librarian and dozens of periodicals. It's a stunning and cozy place to spend an afternoon. While wandering through the club, you'll certainly notice the extensive art collection, said to be the second biggest in the city. On the top seven floors, you'll find 21 suites and many other guest rooms. The large dining halls and banquet spaces, meanwhile, are perfect for a reception of 600 or a small business meeting. If you visit, ask to see the Boys Room, a conference room with some of the most interesting artwork I have seen. The main lounge at Union League Club. the BUCkinghaM athletiC ClUB One Financial Place 440 South La Salle Street No. 300 bac-chicago.com 312.663.8900 Also in the heart of Chicago's financial district, The Buckingham Athletic Club is situated on the third floor of One Financial Place near Willis Tower and Millennium Park. The club offers an extensive workout facility, including an indoor lap pool with viewing area. Venture up to the 40th floor to access the 18 boutique guest rooms and three master suites. Simple, but well-situated, these rooms are perfect for the executive on the go. Whether it's the bustling business, the shopping on Miracle Mile, or the familiarity of a city nestled near water, something about Chicago keeps us coming back. With exclusive access to five phenomenal clubs with unbeatable locations, I know I'll return. The Buckingham Athletic Club pool. For reciprocal letters of introduction or more information, call Member Services at 206.464.3068 or email membership@wac.net. FeBRUaRy 2013 | Washington Athletic Club Magazine | 15

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