Midtown Athletic Clubs Announces Construction of Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago

$75 million project slated for completion in July 2017 will create America’s largest athletic club, 55-room boutique hotel

Midtown Athletic Club (Photo: Business Wire)

CHICAGO--()--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.

The club will feature the following world-class amenities:

  • 24,000 square foot outdoor pool and sun deck, with 25-yard lap pool, hydrotherapy pool and kids pool, which will be converted to an ice skating rink in the winter
  • 100-foot indoor pool
  • Full-service restaurant with outdoor dining, private dining, and a lounge
  • 10,000 square foot weight training floor
  • 10,000 square foot cardio fitness floor
  • 15 indoor tennis courts and the Tennis Lounge designed by V STARR Interiors
  • Full-sized NBA basketball court
  • Three squash courts
  • Three paddle tennis courts
  • Full-service spa
  • Heated yoga studio
  • Spin studio
  • Pilates studio
  • Boxing studio by George Foreman III
  • Group exercise studio
  • Two PGA Tour golf simulators
  • Kidtown Kids Club
  • Retail boutique

Midtown’s 55-room boutique hotel will have four private suites, including The V Suite designed by V STARR Interiors. The hotel will also have a state-of-the-art executive conference room, two meeting rooms, and a private rooftop deck.

For more information, including a virtual reality tour of Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, please visit www.midtown.com.

About Midtown Athletic Clubs

Midtown Athletic Clubs manages a portfolio of super-premium health and fitness clubs in the U.S. and Canada, including Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago, which is scheduled to open in July 2017. Midtown provides members and guests with the places and people to help them live healthy and happy lifestyles. Midtown Athletic Clubs feature the best of everything at world-class facilities – from spas to swimming pools, tennis to turf training, bistros to boutiques, and of course, state-of-the-art fitness. For more information, please visit www.midtown.com.

About DMAC Architecture

DMAC is a full-service architecture firm based in Evanston, IL, specializing in both commercial and residential projects, with a portfolio ranging from simple interiors to complex buildings. Founded in 1995 by Dwayne MacEwen, the firm prides itself on its ability to generate exceptional, unique and award-winning work. DMAC is known for its extensive knowledge of current fabrication methods, designing and developing interior elements in addition to traditional architecture. Notable projects include Midtown Athletic Club, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Roka Akor, Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Rivers Casino and Resort, Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, and Lamborghini Gold Coast, with a host of prestigious projects underway. For more information, please visit http://www.dmacarch.com.

About V STARR Interiors

V STARR Interiors was founded in 2002 by professional tennis player Venus Williams. Combining Williams’ value for excellence as an athlete with her passion for design, V STARR Interiors by Venus Williams was created as a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm. Since its creation, high-profile clients such as InterContinental Hotels, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, and Howard University, among others, have turned to V STARR Interiors to successfully translate their vision into reality. The company is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

About EleVen by Venus Williams

Launched in 2012, EleVen by Venus Williams, the active wear lifestyle brand’s main goal is to motivate and empower women to feel confident, strong and express their individuality. Bringing style to fitness, each season the emphasis is not only on how the clothes perform, but the design inspiration, with the introduction of a new color pallet and prints. The high-quality pieces offer flattering feminine fits in beautiful fabrications with incredible bold prints, in geometrics and florals. The collections of fitness, yoga, running, dance and tennis are designed to allow women to strive each day without limits, in a world ‘10’ is a just a number, but EleVen is a lifestyle. To learn more go here: elevenbyvenuswilliams.com.


Colleen Coors
(312) 861.5267


Colleen Coors
(312) 861.5267