It is now Monday, August 11, which means that the highly anticipated Soho House officially opens today. The London-based hotelier and private club announced that it would be opening a new location in the West Loop back in January 2012, and teamed up with developer Shapack Partners to begin work on the old Chicago Belting Factory last summer. Today, the former warehouse sports a boutique hotel, three ground-level public restaurants, a members-only club floor and a rooftop bar and lounge area with a super swank pool deck space. In total, the hotel includes 40 guest rooms, a spa, a screening room and a a gym that is centered around a vintage Joe Frazier-era boxing ring (sorry, we weren't able to get a photo of it).
Founded in London in the mid-'90s, Soho House started as a private club for creative professionals, and its new Chicago location reflects the club's roots with its huge 250-piece art collection. Folks who want to explore the club floor or other members-only spaces will either have to book a stay at the hotel (starting at $240/night) or shell out $2,000 for a membership (folks under 27 years old pay $1,000). To avoid a stuffy suit-clad vibe, the club is selective with its membership, so those who make the cut will be able to hobnob with Chicago's creative elite in one the city's poshest environs.