Chicago Landmarks

Woman's Athletic Club

Street Elevations, photo by Bob Thall     Address: 626 N. Michigan Ave.
Year Built: 1928
Architect: Philip B. Maher
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 2, 1991

Detail Upper Stories, photo by CCL Founded in 1898, this organization was the first athletic club for women in the United States. The building's architecture illustrates the sophisticated urban ambience of North Michigan Avenue, as it was originally planned and developed in the 1920s. The modern French-style classical design, which is reminiscent of continental-style Parisian elegance, is one of the last standing links to the street's formative years.