Venus Williams of V Starr Interiors in the V Suite Midtown Athletic Club

| Chicago, IL – October 11, 2018Venus Williams made a special visit to Chicago's Midtown Athletic Club on September 21, where she discussed her design businesses V Starr Interiors and EleVen with lucky members of the club and local media. She and her team at V Starr Interiors designed the Tennis Lounge at the club’s flagship location in Chicago, which underwent a landmark renovation, as well as The V Suite for the new The Hotel at Midtown.

Williams and her Vice President at V Starr Interiors, Sonya Haffey, sat down with Hospitality Design Editor in Chief Stacy Shoemaker-Rauen, to answer questions about their inspiration for the two spaces, which unite Williams’ passions in one project and tell a story of her life from early tennis career to successful creative entrepreneur. The V Suite combines her love of design and hospitality, while the Tennis Lounge exhibits her dedication to tennis, including a striking feature wall composed of tennis balls. Her close connection to family is also displayed in the Tennis Lounge, where V Starr Interiors commissioned a painting by Venus’ sister, Serena Williams, which is currently on loan to Midtown Athletic Club.

In addition, Venus’ love of fashion is seen in her activewear line, EleVen, being carried in the Club’s boutique shop. An EleVen trunk show featuring Williams’ FW18 athletic apparel collections took place after the talk.

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V STARR Interiors was founded by professional tennis player, Venus Williams, in 2002. Combining Williams’ value for excellence as an athlete with her passion for design, V STARR Interiors is a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm. High-profile clients such as InterContinental Hotels, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, Curio by Hilton, and Howard University among others, have turned to V STARR Interiors to successfully translate their vision into reality. The company is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. For additional information, please visit

Midtown Athletic Clubs manages a portfolio of super-premium health and fitness clubs in the U.S. and Canada, including Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago, which is scheduled to open in July 2017. Midtown provides members and guests with the places and people to help them live healthy and happy lifestyles. Midtown Athletic Clubs feature the best of everything at world-class facilities – from spas to swimming pools, tennis to turf training, bistros to boutiques, and of course, state-of-the-art fitness. For more information, please visit

Launched in 2012, EleVen by Venus Williams is an active wear line that ‘Fashions Healthier Lives’ with a mission to motivate and empower women to feel confident, strong and express their individuality. Bringing style to fitness, the emphasis of each collection is not only on how the clothes perform, but the design inspiration with the introduction of a new color pallet and prints. The high-quality pieces offer flattering feminine fits in beautiful fabrications. The collections of fitness and tennis are designed to allow women to strive each day without limits. In a world where ‘10’ is a just a number, EleVen is a lifestyle! To learn more, visit