It’s Thursday evening, and you’re in your guest room at the Soho House Chicago. You’re getting ready for a big dinner out, putting your ensemble together while you keep an eye on the clock. Know what would make this better? A cocktail to sip while you’re busy picking out shoes and doing your hair. This is the perfect time for OWC – aka “One While Changing” – the genius idea from club founder Nick Jones.
Soho House, a luxurious chain of clubs – based in London, but with locations around the globe – is full of delightful extras like that. If you decide to have OWC, an ultra-tidy bartender rolls up to your guest room with a mobile mixology cart. It’s filled with all the fixins for four different craft cocktails: freshly squeezed juices, market-fresh ingredients, a number of essential spirits, and premium glassware. He or she will shake or stir your complimentary old fashioned or gin martini (free on the first night only) as you put the finishing touches on your look. That’s one less thing you need to worry about, and it’s one of many perks accessible to those staying at the posh West Loop property.
Whether you’re a member of Soho House or staying there as a guest, you’ll also be privy to sweet benefits like the members-only part of the hotel, located on the top three levels. You’ll get to swim or relax on the al fresco pool lounge with a spectacular view of Chicago’s skyline. Or you can invite up to three pals to have dinner with you in one of two restaurants, serving comfort American fare and upscale global grub, respectively. There’s even a music room on that level, so if you’re so inclined, you can grab a guitar or hop on a drum kit and throw an impromptu jam session. Need to work off a little stress? There’s also a 15,000-square-foot gym with a professional boxing ring, plus fitness classes offering power yoga and Pilates.
You’ll find that the non-member sections of the hotel aren’t too shabby, either – just in case you decide to pop in for dinner or drinks or a spa treatment. On the first and second levels are The Allis – a common-area space for breakfast, cocktails, or afternoon tea; Chicken Shop for rotisserie-style yardbird and curated sides that are homey and yummy; and Pizza East for Neapolitan-style pies, table-side prepared garlic bread, and house-made wild game sausage.
Cowshed Spa, with its signature hand lotions, shampoos, and shower gels, serves as yet another venue where you can take advantage of the food and drink menus. While the food choices are limited to smaller plates, the beverages are…pretty much anything you want. And yes, there’s a strong possibility that you may order OWC (One While Chilling?) down here, too.