After years of rumors and construction, Soho House Chicago will finally open on August 11, on Green Street just south of Randolph Row. In addition to the member’s only areas, the London-based private club and hotel will house three public food and drink options: Pizza East, Chicken Shop, and a ground-floor lounge and cafe, The Allis.
Design director Vicky Charles says the challenge in tackling the project was not the size or age (it dates back to 1907) of the structure — but rather Chicago’s temperamental climate. “It snows so the materials have to last. We have black-and-white reclaimed stone tile on the roof. We had to make sure it didn’t crack and pop off the roof in the cold,” she says. “It took a long time to get them up there.”
“None of us are purists in terms of design,” Charles says. “We decorate with things we love, whether it’s this era or that era.…Rather than [considering if] that’s Regency or that’s midcentury, we pull it all together and it works. But it needs to feel glamorous.”
The hotel rooms, starting at $240 and ranging in size from 300 to 600 square feet, have crystal barware and china tea sets and practical perks like hot water bottles, adapters and hair straighteners.