In the wake of Chicago gaining its first Soho House—the West Loop outpost of the hotel and private club for creatives founded in London in 1995—earlier this month, interested locals seem to be falling into three camps. There's A) the early adopters who were invited to join and are giving their friends the hard sell to follow suit, B) the scenesters who already are coveting it as the coolest new place in town and C) those who think paying $1,000 or more a year (see below) just to hang out in one building is ludicrous. Regardless of which you fall into, anyone—member or not—can explore the open-to-the-public first floor, which includes a polished pizzeria, speedy chicken joint, lounge and spa. –Lisa Arnett
Chicago house: $2,000
Ages 27 and under: $1,000
All international houses: $2,800 ($1,400 for ages 27 and under)
To join: Online applications include photos and samples of work and are reviewed by a committee. There's also a one-time registration fee of $150-$300.
Amenities: Bars, restaurants, 60-foot rooftop pool, gym, screening room and a boxing ring.
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