SOPHY HEADS TO CHICAGO
Design pays homage to Hyde Park’s history
The guestroom design of the new 98-room SOPHY Hyde Park was inspired by the fine arts legacy of the area, with each room anchored by an 8 ft. abstract painting by local artist Joey Korom. Chicago-based GREC Architects was the architect, while Stonehill Taylor led design for all of the hotel’s interiors.
Developed by The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels, SOPHY Hyde Park is managed by Olympia Hotel Management. It is the preferred hotel of the University of Chicago. The team took inspiration from Hyde Park’s rich legacy of intellectual, artistic and cultural innovation during the development and design process. The name SOPHY finds its roots in the Greek word “sophia,” meaning wisdom and dedication to excellence through the pursuit of knowledge. The name nods to Hyde Park’s legacy and is reflected in both SOPHY’s architecture and design.
The hotel also includes Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge, which means “to mix and mingle.” The eatery will serve brunch every day instead of traditional breakfast and lunch. A 15 ft. double-sided fireplace connects, while separating, the 40-seat Mesler lounge from the hotel’s reception area. The overall décor in the food and beverage outlet is inspired by literature and the scientific discoveries that Hyde Park has witnessed over the last century. Artwork includes pieces created exclusively for the hotel by students at nearby Hyde Park Academy High School. An outdoor lounge accommodates 24 people, and there is an indoor private dining room for up to 14 with its own outdoor patio and fire pit.
Photo: Courtesy of SOPHY Hyde Park