Midtown Athletic Clubs today announced the construction of Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago. The $75 million project is slated for completion in July 2017, and will include additions and renovations to Midtown’s flagship property, which was originally constructed in 1970 as the world’s largest indoor tennis club.
“When we started this project our aspiration was to create the world’s best athletic club and boutique hotel in our hometown of Chicago,” said Steven Schwartz, CEO, Midtown Athletic Clubs. “Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown will offer our members and active travelers the best of boutique fitness programming and big-club amenities under one roof. Midtown has led the world of tennis for 50 years, and we believe this property will set a new bar in health-and-fitness hospitality for decades to come."
Evanston-based DMAC Architecture is the Architect and Interior Designer of Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, and the entire shopping complex surrounding the property. A long-term partner of Midtown Athletic Club for more than 10 years, DMAC is recognized for its work on high-profile lifestyle projects including Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Lamborghini Gold Coast, Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa, and eight other Midtown Athletic Club locations in the U.S. and Canada.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Midtown Athletic Club, and spearhead the design of Chicago’s first fitness-lifestyle hotel. It’s game-changing when a hotel is considered an amenity to a fitness facility, and after a decade of ideation and research, this is becoming a reality at Midtown,” said Dwayne MacEwen, Founder and Principal of DMAC Architecture.
DMAC welcomed the opportunity to work with tennis star Venus Williams, and hired her interior design firm, V STARR Interiors, to design the club’s Tennis Lounge and The V Suite – one of the hotel’s four private suites. Williams played on Midtown’s courts as a junior tennis star alongside her sister Serena. Midtown will also feature EleVen by Venus Williams, Williams’ active wear line, at the club’s boutique shop.
“I’ve always respected Midtown Athletic Clubs, and it was meaningful to return in a new capacity, this time combining my passion for tennis, with design and hospitality,” said Venus Williams. “V STARR’s design for the project reflects the timeless sophistication of Midtown’s beloved establishment, while drawing from my own experiences.”
When complete, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown will be the largest premier health-and-fitness property in the U.S. at more than 575,000 square feet. Midtown is located at the crossroads of some of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods – Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Logan Square.