CHICAGO—The Hotel at Midtown here is now open, marking Midtown Athletic Clubs’ first venture into the hospitality space. Located at the intersection of the city’s Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, the 55-room contemporary boutique hotel is the final element of Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago’s $85-million renovation.
“We began this project five years ago, with the goal of creating a health-and-fitness property unlike anything else,” said Steven Schwartz, president and CEO of Midtown Athletic Clubs. “The Hotel at Midtown delivers luxury resort amenities coupled with unparalleled health-and-fitness offerings. We believe this pioneer project fills a niche within both the fitness and hospitality industries and it represents an entirely new opportunity for Midtown to serve and interact with guests and members not just in Chicago, but worldwide.”
The guestrooms feature views of either the Chicago skyline or the outdoor pool, and they are fitted with hardwood floors and large windows. The Hotel at Midtown also has two specialty rooms: a two-story, 2,100-sq.-ft. penthouse suite, featuring a private terrace with city views; and the V Suite, designed by V Starr Interiors, tennis legend Venus Williams’ design firm. Created to invoke a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation, the V Suite has a private bedroom, calming textures, floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout curtains and marble bathrooms.
Williams also designed the tennis lounge at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, one of the world’s largest indoor tennis centers with 16 indoor courts. All hotel guests receive access to the facilities and programs at Midtown Athletic Club, including indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, yoga, boxing, cycling studio, a golf simulator, fitness classes and more. The Hotel at Midtown has a luxury spa with a customized menu of signature treatments and services, as well as a full-service hair and nail salon. Other amenities include Shave & Tonic, a gentlemen’s barbershop, two meeting rooms, an executive conference room and a variety of event spaces.
Chromium, Midtown’s flagship restaurant led by Executive Chef Amanda Barnes, offers a creative, seasonal menu with farm-to-table ingredients, as well as grab & go offerings and a smoothie bar. A private dining room is also available for events.
Room amenities include access to all of the club’s facilities; high-speed premium WiFi; easy-access outlets for charging devices; 55-in. TVs with streaming capabilities; Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities; Lavazza premium roast coffee; an in-room refrigerator; illuminated vanity mirror; spa robes; and laptop safe.
Both Midtown Athletic Club and the Hotel at Midtown were designed in conjunction with Evanston-based interior design firm DMAC Architecture.