CHICAGO—Sophy, a 98-room luxury boutique hotel, has opened in the Hyde Park neighborhood here. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2018, the hotel will be proximate to the University of Chicago campus, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Library.
Located at the corner of 53rd St. and Dorchester Ave., the hotel will have a bar, restaurant with al fresco dining and a fitness center. Sophy is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification and will be a preferred hotel of the University of Chicago, according to the company.
“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, VP, development for The Olympia Companies, which is partnering with Smart Hotels on the project. “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 neighborhoods…”
The name Sophy comes from the Greek word Sophia, meaning wisdom and dedication to excellence through the pursuit of knowledge. The name was inspired by the legacy of intellectual, artistic and cultural innovation that is part of the fabric of the University of Chicago and Hyde Park. Local luminaries such as singer Mahalia Jackson, novelist Saul Bellow and University of Chicago scientist Enrico Fermi provided inspiration for the hotel’s interior design. In addition, the hotel will have artwork from contemporary Chicago artists and design elements inspired by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, including barn doors on the private dining space that use circular elements to suggest the world’s first Ferris wheel.
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.