It's been a few years in the rumor mill and it'll be another two before it opens, but Soho House has officially confirmed it is coming to Chicago. The exclusive members-only club, which first opened in London in 1995 as a gathering place for the city's creative set, will open its doors in Chicago in spring of 2014.
Soho House will, in fact, take over the former Chicago Belting Factory warehouse at 113-125 N. Green and once they complete the makeover, it'll be a far cry from the tired-looking vacant property currently sitting there.
In addition to the six-story private club and hotel, which will include 35 hotel rooms, a full-sized pool and a glass-enclosed rooftop bar and kitchen, the property's ground floor will include three restaurants open to the public.
Soho House will import its London-based Pizza East restaurant to Chicago, a first for the U.S. While the full concept and menu are still under development, a spokesman for Soho House said the aesthetic and menu will resemble Pizza East in London's Shoreditch neighborhood, but will be catered to the Chicago market.
The other two restaurants—a burger concept and a chicken concept—are still in development and, when asked if a Chicago chef would be involved, the spokesman said Soho House likely would develop the concept in house. He added the restaurants will be accessible and approachable, cost-wise, and that they'll offer "classic American cuisine with a British twist." So fish-and-chips-topped pizza or maybe chicken with a side of black pudding?
The majority of the property will be limited to Soho House members and hotel guests; that includes a 12,000 square-foot gym and a 40-seat screening room. However, the Cowshed Spa, with five treatment rooms, will also be open to the public. In addition to the Chicago property, Soho House is also planning to open four other locations in Toronto, Mumbai, Istanbul and Barcelona.
· Fulton Market the Likely Recipient of a Soho House Hotel [Curbed Chicago]
· Pizza East [website]