My Home Away From Home

Confession time: I’ve basically been “living” at the Soho House in Chicago’s West Loop the last few months.

Let me explain. The UK-based, internationally renowned members club and hotel opened in the summer of 2014 in Chicago and created a lot of buzz on the scene. The members club concept at Soho House puts a special emphasis on bringing together the creative and entrepreneurial communities in art, fashion, music and film while providing a space for this community to thrive. Members have access to all the amenities including the wonderful restaurants, beautiful rooftop pool, gym, spa and special events throughout each month. Not to fret if you are not a member though, you can still dine at any of the restaurants on the first two floors as well as book services at the spa. So, as a non-member I not only spent quite a bit of time eating and drinking at the fine establishments at Soho House, but I had the chance to check out some events that were open to the public. Here’s what I was up to:

Afternoon Tea At The Allis– I already wrote a separate post on my experience at The Allis for afternoon tea (read about it here), but it goes for mentioning again, definitely make sure you put this on your list of places to check out. The afternoon tea price point is well below half of what you would pay at one of the fancy hotels downtown, while getting equally as awesome tea and pastries with the full afternoon tea experience!

Delicious Treats At The Allis' Afternoon Tea

Delicious Treats At The Allis’ Afternoon Tea

Art Week- The Soho House had its first ever Art Week in the end of January to promote local community artists and showcase their talents. I had the honor of attending a few events and loved learning about the inspiring stories behind these artists and their creative pursuits.  One event was a hands-on mixology class where we learned how to create cocktails from the head mixologist of the Soho House as he told us his family story (and funny enough, our picture from the class was featured in the monthly newsletter of the Soho House Chicago). Another great Art Week event was the reveal and discussion around Damien Hirst’s beautiful butterfly artwork, displayed in the lobby of The Allis. Make sure you take a moment to check out the work of art when you are in the lobby of The Allis. Also, keep tabs on the Soho House website as there are additional special week-long events focused around tech, food and film planned for the coming months.

Mixology Class At Soho House Chicago

Mixology Class At Soho House Chicago

Damien Hirst's Butterfly Work Of Art At The Allis

Damien Hirst’s Butterfly Work Of Art At The Allis

Dinner At Pizza East– I wrote up a brief summary about my fabulous dining experience at Pizza East (read about it here), but one part that I did not mention was that in addition to the awesome pizzas and plethora of vegetarian options, the desserts were beyond heaven. I was so full after dinner that we almost passed on dessert, but thank goodness we came to our senses and decided to try a few of them (and when I say a few, I mean three different desserts…ha ha). If I had to pick just one, I would say the baked apple cobbler was hands-down my favorite. In its own cast-iron skillet, the warm cinnamon apples, crunchy topping and cool vanilla ice cream were irresistible.  Seriously, this dessert should not be missed.

Pizza East At Soho House Chicago

Pizza East At Soho House Chicago

Delicious Desserts At Pizza East Chicago

Delicious Desserts At Pizza East Chicago

So, if for some reason you feel I have been MIA, check at the Soho House before you alert any authorities. The probability is quite high that I will be there!


Please Note: While I was invited to attend these events, all opinions are my own.

3 thoughts on “My Home Away From Home

    1. vegetariantourist Post author

      Thanks Hollie! Soho House is a very inspiring place, glad you agree! Hope to see you soon:)

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