In celebration of Ernest Hemingway’s 118th birthday on July 21, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel and American Writers Museum in collaboration with Drinking and Writing Theater present Friday Night Fight: Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald.

Taking place in The Library of the Drawing Room on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel (12 S. Michigan Ave.), guests and locals alike are invited to take a seat as performers take on the roles of the legendary Ernest Hemingway and his longtime literary rival F. Scott Fitzgerald, performing their literary collaborations and clashes in the form of a verbal boxing match.

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel has long-served as a treasured memory to many. With Friday Night Fight: Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald, the first-ever museum dedicated to classic American writers who have produced time-honored literature comes to the hotel where stories from distinguished members were once shared in the halls.

To continue the hotel’s fireside-like chats, Friday Night Fight: Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald continues the hotel’s Storytelling Series, a recurring program featuring compelling stories and interviews from some of Chicago’s most interesting and inspiring movers, shakers and visitors.

Complementary for all with first come, first served seating, Friday Night Fight: Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald takes over The Library in the Drawing Room on Friday, July 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; to learn more, visit .


About Chicago Athletic Association hotel
Located on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue across from iconic Millennium Park in the city’s Loop District, the hotel combines its storied legacy as one of the nation’s most revered social clubs with modern day sophistication. 

The historic building’s transformation into a 241-room boutique hotel is a result of a visionary partnership among international hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality, AJ Capital Partners, Geolo Capital, Agman Partners, Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, and the award-winning design firm Roman and Williams Building and Interiors.

The hotel features 17,000 square feet of stunning event space with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, elegantly-appointed guest rooms - including 23 uniquely-designed suites - an interactive game room, curated retail space by Madison Hall and multiple innovative culinary experiences.

The food and beverage outlets include a rooftop bar with captivating views of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, restaurant concepts by Chicago-based Land & Sea Dept. and Shake Shack by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality. 

These exceptional offerings for incoming visitors and locals alike make Chicago Athletic Association poised to once again become the epicenter of the city’s thriving social scene. For reservations or more information, please visit or call 312.940.3552. Stay connected with Chicago Athletic Association on and ().

About Land and Sea Dept.
Land and Sea Dept. is a Chicago-based concept and project development studio working creatively and passionately across disciplines. Its principals – Cody Hudson, Jon Martin, Robert McAdams and Peter Toalson – have collective decades of involvement in the fields of art, construction, design, event production, identity, marketing, music, and woodworking.

Their experience allows them to apply their unique creative perspectives across a variety of applications and constantly develop new concepts. 

Land and Sea Dept. has completed a broad range of projects (art exhibitions, film screenings, live concerts, bars, restaurants, structural designs, and more), including some of Logan Square’s best-loved establishments: Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Lost Lake, and Thank You. 

Most recently, Land and Sea Dept. opened four restaurant concepts within the restored and reimagined Chicago Athletic Association: Cherry Circle Room, Game Room, Drawing Room, and Milk Room. 

About American Writers Museum

The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.

The American Writers Museum strives to: educate the public about American writers – past and present; engage visitors to the Museum in exploring the many exciting worlds created by the spoken and written word; enrich and deepen appreciation for good writing in all its forms; motivate visitors to discover, or rediscover, a love of reading and writing; inspire the young writers of tomorrow.

Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes, and inspires the public. For more information about the American Writers Museum, visit or call 312.374.8790.