Chicago’s Hyde Park to get 98-room boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
10 August 2017 | Updated 10 August 2017

US: The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels have teamed up to bring the Sophy hotel to Chicago.

The property, to be managed by The Olympia Companies, will be located at the corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Chicago's South Side and will feature a bar, restaurant with al fresco dining and fitness centre. Sophy is designed as a four-diamond luxury property and engineered to achieve LEED Silver certification. It will be a preferred hotel of the University of Chicago.

"Working closely with 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston and the University of Chicago, we're pleased to have the opportunity to build and operate our second hotel in Hyde Park," said Mike Zimmerman, vice president, development, for The Olympia Companies. "The hotel is firmly rooted in Hyde Park's history dating back to the turn of the century and going forward will play a vital role in one of Chicago's legendary neighbourhoods. Sophy aligns with SMART's and Olympia's expertise in developing and managing independent, award-winning boutique properties that evoke a strong sense of place and become an integral part of the community."

Chicago-based GREC Architects is the project architect, with interior design from Stonehill and Taylor Architects of New York. The hotel is being built by William A Randolph, Inc. of Gurnee IL.

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