All photos courtesy Soho HouseWith every new Soho House location that opens—across Europe and here in the U.S.—the design bar seems notably raised. Take the brand's latest hotel, in Chicago, which comes on the heels of newly opened outposts in Miami Beach and Toronto. Housed in a six-story brick warehouse that dates to 1907, the design allows the building's original features (think exposed concrete, brick, and structural wood) to shine while amping up the style meter with lush fabrics, original art, and dramatic lighting.
On the club level, located on the fifth floor and open to guests and members, two separate seating areas provide ample opportunity for cocktails and conversation. In one corner, trippy paisley sofas surround a midcentury-style coffee table and Moroccan rug laid on an intricate herringbone wood floor, and a sleek concrete mantel is flanked by modern gilded pendant lamps. From the perfectly positioned gallery walls featuring the work of local artists to the curated mix-and-match aesthetic, the atmosphere is at once homey and eclectic.
The 40 guest rooms exude a similar vibe of curated comfort, with dramatic red drapery and crystal chandeliers hanging from the raw-concrete walls and sumptuous Egyptian cotton-dressed King size beds giving way to intimate seating areas and romantic dining tables for two. Further underscoring the pied-à-terre atmosphere, freestanding claw foot bathtubs sit on wood-plank flooring in the bathrooms, where a variety of the brand's signature Cowshed products are on hand.
Should a soak in the tub not do the trick, the in-house Cowshed spa offers treatments on the industrial-chic ground floor. Rough-hewn wood walls and built-ins, moss green leather treatment chairs, and brass apothecary lamps round out the design—creating an altogether handsome vibe that even the manliest of guests would have trouble resisting. Also on the ground floor? Two signature restaurants, a rustic pizza spot, and a General Store-inspired rotisserie chicken eatery, both with open layouts and punchy, retro decor.
The undeniable cherry on top, the dramatic roof deck presides over the structure with unobstructed views of the city skyline. The 60-foot pool is surrounded by periwinkle-striped loungers and abuts the al fresco rooftop bar complete with bistro tables, plush sofas, and outdoor fireplaces to fight the evening chill. Add to that a music room fitted for private concerts, a 30-seat cinema, and a 15,000-square-foot gym with its own professional boxing ring, and you've got the ultimate clubhouse for work, play, and relaxation—Chicago style.