The lush Soho House Chicago finally opened its doors this month—and what an entrance. For nearly 20 years, the artsy London brand, which offers hotel, dining and private memberships for those in creative fields, has emulated and embraced the unique characteristics of each of its properties while maintaining a distinct signature style. Located in the West Loop, Soho House Chicago offers 40 guest rooms and two front-facing restaurants on Restaurant Row, an exclusive 40-seat screening room, fitness center, Cowshed Spa and Salon and the Allis Bar. There is also an entire floor of dedicated space for meetings and events available to members and guests. It includes a drawing room, pantry bar, club bar and house kitchen and grill. — Jenny Handke

It’s always greener on the other side, or so Mistwood Golf Club would say. The club reopened in Romeoville last April for its first full season after a three-year, $6 million overhaul. The new and improved courses, which include the addition of 20 stacked sod-wall bunkers and unique and impressive trademark hazards not normally seen in traditional American golf design, have already been heralded by GOLF Magazine as the “best U.S. renovation you can play” and named one of the top remodeled courses by In addition to the outdoor work, the new 5,000-square-foot Mistwood Performance Center was also constructed as a premier teaching center and leisure spot that offers the perfect setting for on-site meetings and events. Inside is a full-service bar with nine flat-screen televisions, as well as dedicated space with customizable menus. —Selena Fragassi

Planners are putting wellness at the center of events. 


With new facilities opening soon, organizers will have more venues to choose from than ever before.


Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, returned to Chicago for a third time this year. The annual event took place Nov. 14-16 at the LEEDcertified McCormick Place West Building, drawing more than 15,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the conference had an economic impact of $32 million for the city.