Midtown Athletic Club

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Midtown Athletic Club

Chicago, IL 2019

Project Description

The 250,000-square-foot expansion of Midtown Athletic Club and Hotel transforms what was the largest indoor tennis club in the country to the largest lifestyle center in the country. The club had its glory days in the 1970s and ‘80s, frequented by revered professionals like Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, when the fitness component was a small amenity. Midtown recognized the need to update the facility into a premier health club. Now, the progressive hybrid club and hotel create a destination for the ultimate experience in fitness, entertainment, relaxation and more.

The club spans three levels, featuring multiple programs — from boutique studios, such as yoga, group fitness, multimedia spinning, boxing, and The Field, with indoor and outdoor training areas, to custom amenities such as a signature restaurant, pools, the Mind & Body suite, a full-service spa/salon and a retail shop. A large open “landing pit” at the top of the grand staircase serves as the hub of the Midtown community where people can meet, work and enjoy entertainment in comfortable seating and with access to the restaurant, outdoor pool and fitness areas. Midtown is composed of several typologies bundled into one large building. Because of the scale, close attention was given to human interaction and intuitive wayfinding.

The 55-room hotel towers over the club in a glass volume and provides active travelers an exclusive fitness experience, bringing a high-end lifestyle center to boutique hospitality. The aggressive schedule and budget had the design team rethinking materials and its uses. Sustainability was embraced by reusing wood formwork from concrete construction as finish material, salvaging granite end blocks as the reception desk and backdrop wall, and repurposing relics from the Club’s history as jewel pieces in a metal trellis floating above the grand staircase.

Project Details

Architect: DMAC Architecture P.C.
Construction Cost: $60 million
Square Feet: 250,000 sf
Occupancy: September 2017

Access Control: GANTNER Technologies Inc.

Electronic locker Locking: GANTNER Technologies Inc.

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Elation Video Panel

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Ecore Athletic

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Hakwood Engineered Wood Floor

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Les Mills

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: NuFit Corp

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: SPRI Products

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Escape Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Eleiko

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Fitness Lighting: Juno Lighting Group

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: ProMounds Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Pinnacle Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Track & Field Equipment: Escape Fitness

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.

Laundry - Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Transceramica

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Treeforms Inc.

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Design for Leisure / Klaufs

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Field Covers: Synlawn

Pools - Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Pools - Starting Blocks: Pentair

Architect Of Record

DMAC Architecture P.C.
Evanston, IL

Design Architect

DMAC Architecture

Landscape Architect

Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Chicago, IL