Soho House Chicago

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Allis Building, a 1908 warehouse building most recently used as a belting factory, was transformed into Soho House Chicago, the fourth U.S. location of the London-based private members’ club for those in the creative industries.

The architectural design carries out the creative vision of Soho House founder Nick Jones, whose Houses worldwide are located in existing buildings that are celebrated for their aged beauty and authentic charm. Soho House Chicago has been carefully renovated in a way that respects and reuses as much of the existing features of the six-story structure.  A completely reborn lobby accentuates the board-formed concrete structure. Period details include reclaimed hardwood floors and wall paneling, vintage tin ceilings, and a recreation of the original “Allis Building” marble mosaic entrance. The deteriorated rooftop water tower was disassembled plank by plank, and used to clad a feature wall in the lobby.  

The 40 hotel rooms are daylit by the industrial-sized plate windows, and fitted with custom furniture, Waterworks fittings and fixtures, and luxurious soft goods.

Architect of Record

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture


Soho House

General Contractor

Power Construction


  • C.E. Anderson & Associates
  • The Engineering Studio, Inc.
  • Shiner + Associates