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The Wilson Club is a hotel converted to micro apartments in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood

Hotel Conversion to Multifamily Listed in Chicago’s Uptown

Essex Realty Group has been retained to market for sale The Wilson Club, a 76-unit multifamily apartment building at 1124 W Wilson Ave in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Previously unlisted, it’s now listed at $12,950,000. 

After operating as the Wilson Men’s Hotel for almost 80 years, the building was completely rebuilt to include 76 micro apartments, many with loft areas, and one ground floor retail space. On the east side of the building, visible from the new Wilson CTA Station, is a massive mural spanning 140 feet. It was painted by local artist Joe Miller and is called “Uptown Dot King.” 

“The Wilson Club has long been a fixture in Uptown and it’s amazing to see how it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art boutique apartment building without losing its Uptown roots,” said Jim Darrow. Darrow and fellow Essex principal Jordan Gottlieb are representing the seller, a local developer. 


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