The transformation of the Midtown Athletic Club came at a crucial moment for the fitness center. Located in a previously industrial area of Chicago, a newly-redesigned major intersection adjacent to the center increased accessibility, uniquely positioning the Club between three large neighborhoods in Chicago. The renovations aimed to reimagine the Center from an indoor tennis club to the largest lifestyle and socializing hub in Chicago.
The 50,000 square foot renovation was a collaboration between DMAC Architecture and Hoerr Schaudt, with a facility that now includes fitness centers, tennis courts, spa services, retail, restaurants, entertainment and event spaces, a large outdoor amenity deck and pool, and the 55-room Hotel at Midtown.
Hoerr Schaudt instilled a strong indoor-outdoor connection within the center, moving nature as close to the building as possible while also maintaining an optimized space. Efficient horticulture was used in high capacity areas, such as a tree grove used in place of a pergola in the café to efficiently provide much-needed shade as well as maximizing the connection to nature. Trees also form a vegetated veil between the interior rooms and the outdoor space, increasing privacy, decreasing energy usage and enhancing views.