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Chicago, IL– November 14, 2017. SOPHY, the new 98-room boutique hotel in Chicago’s popular Hyde Park neighborhood, is under construction and scheduled to open in summer 2018.

Developed by SMART Hotels and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, SOPHY is located at 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue on Chicago’s South Side, close to the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Library, the University of Chicago campus and the Museum of Science and Industry.

SOPHY will feature a bar, a restaurant with al fresco dining and a fitness center. Designed as a four-diamond property and engineered to achieve LEED Silver certification, SOPHY will be a preferred hotel of the University of Chicago. The hotel is firmly rooted in the history of Hyde Park, famed as the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. In a neighborhood in the midst of a dynamic revitalization, SOPHY will play a central role. Earlier this month, Chicago was named the #1 Big City in the U.S. in the Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Chicago-based GREC Architects is the project architect, with interior design from Stonehill & Taylor Architects of New York. The hotel is being built by William A Randolph, Inc. of Gurnee, Illinois. SOPHY aligns with SMART Hotels 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.

The name “SOPHY” is rooted in the Greek word “sophia,” meaning wisdom and dedication to excellence through the pursuit of knowledge. It was inspired by the rich legacy of intellectual, artistic and cultural innovation that is part of the fabric of the University of Chicago and greater Hyde Park. Gospel music, science, mathematics, art and literature are the themes that will inform the hotel’s interior design. SOPHY will feature artwork from contemporary Chicago artists and design elements inspired by the World’s Columbian Exposition, including barn doors in the private dining space that use circular elements to suggest the world’s first Ferris Wheel, which debuted at the fair. 

About Olympia Hotel Management

Olympia Hotel Management is part of The Olympia Companies, the innovative leader in high profile real estate development, equity and hospitality management projects throughout the U.S. responsible for creating a new breed of sustainable, environmental and philanthropic hotels managed, developed and/or owned by The Olympia Companies. The award-winning company is led by President and CEO Kevin Mahaney, an Olympic Silver medalist and a leader in capital asset management, business and real estate. The Olympia Company’s dynamic and pedigreed executive team delivers expertise in hotel development, LEED building design and construction, project management, operational oversight, branding, feasibility and market analysis, as well sales and marketing. The company currently has 22 hotel projects under management or development in the U.S. For more information, visit www.theolympiacompanies.com

About SMART Hotels

SMART Hotels LLC develops eco-friendly campus hotels and mixed-use projects at prominent universities and medical centers around the country. SMART Hotels is led by Jon Adams and Ed Small, who bring a triple-bottom line commitment to deliver successful projects that are environmentally sustainable and favorably impact campus and community. For more information, visit http://www.smarthotelsgroup.com

About SOPHY

SOPHY is a 98- room hotel currently under construction in Chicago’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Developed by SMART Hotels and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, SOPHY is near the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Library, the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center. https://sophyhotel.com

Contact: Gayle Conran

gconran@conranpr.com  / 212.447.1010  

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