As work continues on a $500 million project to reposition the lower levels of Chicago’s tallest building into a new dining and retail destination, plans are also afoot to overhaul the Willis Tower’s private Metropolitan Club. Occupying the 103-story building’s 66th and 67th levels, the 40,000-square-foot space will be getting a complete design makeover.
Updates include a new bar with a live entertainment area, a collaborative co-working space, and a “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired” dining room, according to a recent scoop from the Chicago Tribune. The redefined space will also reportedly drop the “club” from its name to be simply known as The Metropolitan.
Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 and wrap up in the fall. Planning to stay put for at least another decade, the Metropolitan’s longtime owners, ClubCorp, have extended their lease on the space through 2029. The Dallas-based company’s existing contract would have expired in 2019.
An early glimpse of the redesigned Metropolitan come courtesy of renderings by Gonzalez Architects:
- Willis Tower's Metropolitan Club getting new look, shorter name [Chicago Tribune]
- $500M Willis Tower overhaul is well underway [Curbed Chicago]