DMAC, V STARR Interiors team on $75M project
Midtown Athletic Clubs has unveiled plans for a new-build hotel and expansion at its original location in Chicago. Slated for completion in July, the $75 million project will involve additions and renovations to the brand’s flagship property—which was built in 1970 as the world’s largest indoor tennis club—in addition to the 55-key boutique.
A rendering of Midtown Athletic Club. Image: Courtesy of Midtown Athletic Clubs
The complex’s owner has tapped its long-term design partner, DMAC Architecture of Evanston, Illinois, to serve as the architect and interior designer of Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown. The firm—which has designed all the brand’s other locations in the U.S. and Canada—will also create the shopping complex surrounding the property.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Midtown Athletic Club, and spearhead the design of Chicago’s first fitness-lifestyle hotel,” says Dwayne MacEwen, DMAC’s founder and principal. “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,”
DMAC has hired interior designer and tennis star Venus Williams’ firm, V STARR Interiors, to create the club’s tennis lounge and the hotel’s private V Suite. A fitting choice, as Williams once played on Midtown’s courts alongside her sister Serena as a junior tennis star. The property will also offer the celebrity’s active wear line EleVen by Venus Williams at its 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,” says Williams, who served as a keynote speaker for Boutique Design New York in 2015. “V STARR’s design for the project reflects the timeless sophistication of Midtown’s beloved establishment, while drawing from my own experiences.”
Project participants say the club and hotel are set to be the largest premier health-and-fitness property in the U.S., at more than 575,000 sq. ft. The hotel component will be home to four private suites, including The V Suite, as well as an executive conference room, two meeting rooms and a private rooftop deck.
“When we started this project our aspiration was to create the world’s best athletic club and boutique hotel in our hometown of Chicago,” says 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.”
With the updates, the club’s amenities will include:
• A full-service spa
• A full-service restaurant with outdoor dining, private dining and a lounge.
• A 24,000-sq.-ft. outdoor pool and sun deck with a 25-yard lap pool, hydrotherapy pool and kids’ pool, which will be converted to an ice skating rink in the winter.
• A 100-ft. indoor pool.
• A 10,000-sq.-ft. weight training floor and a 10,000-sq.-ft. cardio fitness level
• Fifteen indoor tennis courts and the Tennis Lounge designed by V STARR Interiors
• A full-size NBA basketball court
• Three squash and three paddle tennis courts
• Heated yoga, spin, pilates, group exercise and boxing studios (the latter of which will be by George Foreman III)
• Two PGA Tour golf simulators
• A Kidtown Kids Club
• A retail boutique
Midtown Athletic Clubs currently has seven properties in the U.S. and one in Canada.
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