Finding the Write Place is an occasional series on ChiYAwriters.com that highlights some of our favorite places to write here in the Windy City.
113 – 125 North Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Mon – Tues: 7am – 12am
Weds-Thurs: 7am – 1am
Fri – Sat: 7am – 2am
Sun: 8am – 11pm
(Hours subject to change. Please check Allis website for up-to-date hours.)
Noise level: moderate-conversations, sound of clatter from bar
Availability of space: dependent on day (I went on a Sunday, it was full with brunch crowd)
Food: yes (menu of breakfast and lunch items)
Wifi: free with password
Outlets: some by the wall tables
The Allis is in the downstairs lobby of Soho House which is known as a membership boutique hotel (with locations in places such as New York City and London). You need a membership to access places such as the gym, the rooftop, and other amenities upstairs. But the first floor is open for the public.
On the first floor sits the Allis, which boasts beautiful chandeliers, small intimate tables for two, and long tables for shared use. It has a great weekend brunch and a good variety of lunch foods. There’s a full bar and if you venture down stairs you’ll find the Cowshed Spa (also open to the public and one of my favorite spas in Chicago).
It’s a nice place for writing especially during the week when it’s quieter. It gets fairly crowded with brunchers on the weekends. And during certain seasons the afternoon is reserved for tea time (so you have to get tea service in order to sit). I “accidentally” went to tea one afternoon when my sister and I wanted to get a quick coffee, but it was actually very tastey and fun (we enjoyed the tiny sandwiches). In general, it’s a great place to set up a laptop and get some writing in. When the weather is nice there is a great outdoor space that faces Green Street and despite the scattered traffic it’s a great place to hang out and soak in some sun. (I’ve met my sister and her puppy there many times).
I would recommend it, but mostly for the weekdays.