See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The skeleton of the new Chicago Soho House once belonged to a belt factory—and though the space has been luxuriously renovated and fit with plush leather chairs, over 250 pieces of art, chandeliers, and beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, the hotel still nods to the West Loop neighborhood’s industrial history. Unlike other locations of this hip members-only club, Chicago’s Soho house offers some access to the public, winning over both guests and locals with its comfortable first floor and mezzanine areas, Cowshed spa, and eateries like as Chicken Shop, which specializes in free-range rotisserie chicken. Soho House’s members are generally creative, open-minded types who prefer comfort over formality. Anyone, however, can book a hotel room—and with a room key comes all the perks afforded to members, like access to all restaurants, the gym (which features a professional boxing ring), a movie screening theater, and the swanky rooftop pool and bar. Rooms come in sizes tiny, small, medium, and medium plus, and are peppered with delights like china tea sets and crystal decanters.
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Located in Chicago’s thriving West Loop neighborhood, Soho house is surrounded by excellent restaurants, bars, and shopping. Formerly an industrial district that housed lots of factories and warehouses, the neighborhood has attracted young revelers, tech companies, and independent business owners. If you’re looking for a neighborhood with a vibrant nightlife scene that’s not too far from the center of town, the West Loops is a great option.
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Rooms: 40 rooms, From $220
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon Dining options: Although two of Soho House’s restaurants are members-only, three more casual spots on premises are open to the public. The House Kitchen on the Club Floor slings Chicago-Italian fare like flat iron chicken, lobster spaghetti, and octopus with romesco. For a more intimate atmosphere, a more formal menu, and superb cocktails, members can opt for The Tavern on the fifth floor. The club’s public restaurants are less formal, and a ton of fun: The Chicken Shop is dedicated to free-range rotisserie chicken and has a mid-century vibe, PizzaEast serves up perfectly fired pies from a wood-burning oven, and The Allis is the club’s impeccably designed café, serving lighter fare, pastries, coffee, juices, and cocktails. Spa and Gym details:Cowshed Spa, the club’s wellness retreat, offers all its treatments to the public—the first of the Soho House spas to do so in the U.S. Massages, facials, waxing, nail care—Cowshed’s got everything you need to unwind and get primped. Soho House’s 15,000 square-foot gym is fully equipped, and includes a professional boxing ring.
Who it's for: Art, film, music, and photography lovers who prefer comfort over pretension—but don’t mind a little luxury, either. Our favorite rooms: The roomy (but not enormous) medium bedrooms have a large walk-in rainforest shower, and a proper dining table for days where room service is a necessity. More info: “Allis Building” is inscribed over the hotel’s main entrance. An original feature of the building, it references the Allis family, who owned the Chicago Belting Factory company that was once housed in the space. The hotel’s café, The Allis, is also named after the family. Dress Code (or Lack Thereof): Although Soho House Chicago doesn’t adhere to a strict dress code that other members-only clubs enforce, they do have one rule: No suits.