Chicago is about to get a dose of one of the world's most prestigious hospitality brands when Soho House debuts here in August. But first, following the company's inaugural Satellite Nights Chicago event June 28, here's a taste of what to expect from the London-bred company.
Before I delve into the recent Satellite Nights soiree, here's some background on Soho House so you know what you're getting into. The company began in London in 1995 as a private club for members in creative fields, film, and so forth.
Over the years, Soho House has expanded across the globe to cities such as Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Miami. Properties contain restaurants, spas, cinemas, and hotel rooms.
What does this mean for Chicago?
Our fair city is on the verge of welcoming a world-renowned brand famous for chic pomp and circumstance, which is sure to up the city's cred in terms of international lifestyle, leisure and travel. Not to mention, it promises to be a serious boon to the West Loop where it's taking shape. The neighborhood is already a hotbed for restaurants, but Soho House is sure to leave a mark like no other, drawing customers from near and far.
Now on to Satellite Nights. The vibrant event took place at the Kinzie Train Depot in the Fulton Market neighborhood, a diamond's throw from the actual Soho House location. The two-pronged event began with a pre-launch party and art talk, followed by a bustling nighttime soiree outfitted with art installations, live musical performances, and specialty cocktails by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Corzo Tequila. Altogether, Satellite Nights served to bring together Chicago's lustrous art, music, and design culture, celebrating the creative side of the city in style.
Things began with a discussion on the "Power of Collaboration" curated by JC Steinbrunner of The Salon Series and artists Hebru Brantley, Chad Kouri, Cody Hudson, Leslie Baum and Alex Chitty. This entailed an art piece by Brantley, an installation by Hudson, cocktails and a light installation by Todd Diederich.
The subsequent Satellite Nights event marked Soho House's fourth pop-up event in the series, followed by two in L.A. and two in NYC, designed to showcase musical and artistic up-and-comers. The massive, airy train depot was decked out with stunning lights, illustrious art installations, a myriad of pop-up cocktail bars, and a large stage.
In the front of the depot, food trucks parked to dole out food to the masses, from tacos at The Salsa Truck to sliders from The Slide Ride, and old-fashioned Americana ice cream fixture from a vintage ice cream truck. Musical performances were courtesy of KIT, Twin Shadow, Black Noi$e, and DJ Supreme Cuts, while The Post Family and Elizabeth Perkins utilized reclaimed materials to enhance the space with artwork. Richard Blackwell also created a life-size BMW sculpture.
Stay tuned for more Soho House frivolity real soon.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images for Soho House