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Hyde Park Set for Its First Boutique Hotel

The South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood will see its first luxury hotel when the Sophy, a 98-key boutique property, opens its doors on Oct. 1. It has been jointly developed by Portland, ME-based Olympia Cos. and Smart Hotels, developer of a group of properties designed to serve visitors to college campuses.

Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago. A spokeswoman for the Sophy told Chicago Business Journal that visitors to the university are indeed a target market for the new boutique hotel, but other visitors to the South Side are on the developers’ radar as well.

The Sophy joins a marketplace with limited hotel options in terms of catering to Hyde Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in Chicago. It will feature the Mesler Kitchen & Bar, under the direction of executive chef Bradford Shovlin, a veteran of Michelin-starred restaurants downtown.

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