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Sep
18
2019

Matthew Cappellini is appointed Executive Chef of Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge at SOPHY® Hyde Park

Matthew Cappellini has been appointed the Executive Chef of Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge at SOPHY® Hyde Park. Chef Cappellini was formerly the Executive Chef at Le Meridien Oak Brook and previously worked at the two Michelin star Sixteen restaurant at Trump International Hotel in Chicago. He also did stints at the University of Notre Dame’s Morris Inn and Harrah’s Joliet Chicago Hotel and Casino. A graduate of the culinary arts program at Joliet Junior College, Chef Cappellini is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is an active participant in ACF approved competitions.

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Aug
15
2019

Mesler Kitchen Is More Than A Hotel Lobby

The Sophy Hotel’s in-house bar and lounge draws Hyde Parkers looking for everything from a date night destination to a stepped-up study break.

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Aug
14
2019

Peak performance: The art of getting under the skin of Chicago

America’s third city may rank behind New York and Los Angeles in terms of size and limelight, but this midwestern delight, in the state of Illinois and on the shores of vast Lake Michigan, is one that ticks every box – and loads more you didn’t even know existed.

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Jul
16
2019

Frank Lloyd Wright & Summer in the City at SOPHY® Hyde Park

SOPHY® Hyde Park welcomes its guests to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the Prairie-Style masterpiece recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Jul
11
2019

THE BEST HOTELS IN CHICAGO

The most American of all the big cities in the US, Chicago stands out not just for its ease of use (O’Hare airport is the world’s busiest) or its eminently friendly locals (they call it “Midwest Nice”), but also for its stunning architecture. Walk among its 77 distinct neighbourhoods and you’ll find International Style skyscrapers, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed single-family homes, and everything in between.

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Jul
06
2019

Chicago Travel: Culture Club Thriving in the Art of the City

With its defining architecture, world-class museums and thriving arts scene, Chicago is America's favourite city break. Set on the banks of Lake Michigan, Illinois, it has all the buzz of New York as well as the sass of San Francisco but here there's space to breathe.

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May
21
2019

Vacation in your own backyard: 5 summer staycations at Chicago's newest hotels

The South Side got a major hotel upgrade last fall with the debut of this 98-room boutique property that offers a “48 Hours in Hyde Park” package designed to get people out and about in this rapidly transforming neighborhood.

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May
19
2019

Summer Sippin'

Put the Sophy, 1411 E. 53rd St., on your stay-cation must list. Hyde Park’s first upscale boutique hotel surrounds visitors with references to the neighborhood’s history and cultural contributions. See if you can spot the homage to the Ferris Wheel, introduced at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The Sophy’s smartly appointed patio, attached to the hotel’s restaurant, lends itself to sophisticated conversation while sipping a craft beer or cocktail. Given its proximity to the University of Chicago, it should come as no surprise that the Sophy’s bar has drinks down to a science: The menu features figurative drawings that settle once and for all what five- and eight-ounce pours should look like in a wine glass. Finally, math we can all use.

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Apr
12
2019

Chicago's new Sophy Hotel is a boutique lodging option in Hyde Park

When I was young, my parents took my siblings and me to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood during visits to the Windy City. We always came away fascinated by the exhibits. But we never overnighted in Hyde Park — which has long been bereft of places to stay — and instead opted for hotels downtown. The lodging situation changed when the new Hyatt Place opened in 2013.

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