REFLECTING CHICAGO
The Chicago Cloud Gate, or “Chicago Bean” is a staple for locals and visitors alike.
This Chicago icon is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States.  The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, and only a short drive from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. 

REFLECTING CHICAGO

The Chicago Cloud Gate, or “Chicago Bean” is a staple for locals and visitors alike.

This Chicago icon is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States.  The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, and only a short drive from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. 

REFLECTING CHICAGO

The Chicago Cloud Gate, or “Chicago Bean” is a staple for locals and visitors alike.

This Chicago icon is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States.  The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, and only a short drive from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. 

CHOCOLATE DELIGHT 
At Sofitel, our French cuisine is always influenced by local flavor and talent. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, where Executive Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky has been recognized with the Jean Banchet award for Pastry Chef of the Year and named one of Zagat’s ‘30 Under 30’ to watch, in 2013. An enthusiast of the slow food movement, Omilinsky values the true nature of seasonal ingredients and incorporates this philosophy in her baking. The result… perfection! 

CHOCOLATE DELIGHT

At Sofitel, our French cuisine is always influenced by local flavor and talent. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, where Executive Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky has been recognized with the Jean Banchet award for Pastry Chef of the Year and named one of Zagat’s ‘30 Under 30’ to watch, in 2013. An enthusiast of the slow food movement, Omilinsky values the true nature of seasonal ingredients and incorporates this philosophy in her baking. The result… perfection! 

CHOCOLATE DELIGHT

At Sofitel, our French cuisine is always influenced by local flavor and talent. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, where Executive Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky has been recognized with the Jean Banchet award for Pastry Chef of the Year and named one of Zagat’s ‘30 Under 30’ to watch, in 2013. An enthusiast of the slow food movement, Omilinsky values the true nature of seasonal ingredients and incorporates this philosophy in her baking. The result… perfection! 

CHICAGO HIGHLIFE 
A unforgettable welcome is always guaranteed at Sofitel. At Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, this may include this spectacular view of the iconic John Hancock Center. Magnifique! 

CHICAGO HIGHLIFE 

A unforgettable welcome is always guaranteed at Sofitel. At Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, this may include this spectacular view of the iconic John Hancock Center. Magnifique! 

CHICAGO HIGHLIFE 

A unforgettable welcome is always guaranteed at Sofitel. At Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, this may include this spectacular view of the iconic John Hancock Center. Magnifique! 

CHICAGO ICON 

Not far from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower you’ll find the landmark Marina City complex. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the architecture and design is still as relevant today as it ever was.  When completed in 1964 by Architect Bertrand Goldberg, a student of Mies van der Rohe, the development was the tallest residential project in the world and still remains one of the densest inhabited developments in any major city. Our concierge team have detailed knowledge of this remarkable development so if you love architecture…. just ask! 

CHICAGO ICON 

Not far from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower you’ll find the landmark Marina City complex. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the architecture and design is still as relevant today as it ever was.  When completed in 1964 by Architect Bertrand Goldberg, a student of Mies van der Rohe, the development was the tallest residential project in the world and still remains one of the densest inhabited developments in any major city. Our concierge team have detailed knowledge of this remarkable development so if you love architecture…. just ask! 

CHICAGO ICON 

Not far from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower you’ll find the landmark Marina City complex. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the architecture and design is still as relevant today as it ever was.  When completed in 1964 by Architect Bertrand Goldberg, a student of Mies van der Rohe, the development was the tallest residential project in the world and still remains one of the densest inhabited developments in any major city. Our concierge team have detailed knowledge of this remarkable development so if you love architecture…. just ask! 

BOWIE / CHICAGO
One of the most anticipated exhibitions in the US for 2014, David Bowie Is, arrives at MCA Chicago on September 23.  David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago located only moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. 

BOWIE / CHICAGO

One of the most anticipated exhibitions in the US for 2014, David Bowie Is, arrives at MCA Chicago on September 23.  David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago located only moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

BOWIE / CHICAGO

One of the most anticipated exhibitions in the US for 2014, David Bowie Is, arrives at MCA Chicago on September 23.  David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago located only moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

POP ART & MORE
When one thinks of Roy Lichtenstein, one always conjures the image of an oversized comic strip with bold pops of color. But take a closer look at his astoundingly creative work and see it illuminate Lichtenstein as the innovator and social commentator.

In North America see works on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC - all within close proximity to Sofitel. 

POP ART & MORE

When one thinks of Roy Lichtenstein, one always conjures the image of an oversized comic strip with bold pops of color. But take a closer look at his astoundingly creative work and see it illuminate Lichtenstein as the innovator and social commentator.

In North America see works on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC - all within close proximity to Sofitel. 

POP ART & MORE

When one thinks of Roy Lichtenstein, one always conjures the image of an oversized comic strip with bold pops of color. But take a closer look at his astoundingly creative work and see it illuminate Lichtenstein as the innovator and social commentator.

In North America see works on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC - all within close proximity to Sofitel. 

CHICAGO DESIGN
Fans of LifeIsMagnifique will know that we frequently feature art and literature finds from around the Sofitel world.
We snapped this image at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, a perfect symbol of French heritage and cutting edge design. In fact architect Jean-Paul Viguier (whose design is pictured) was allowed to start from scratch when creating the hotel, and the result is striking — a dramatic bright white wedge-shaped building with an emphasis on bright and modern space. Magnifique!  

CHICAGO DESIGN

Fans of LifeIsMagnifique will know that we frequently feature art and literature finds from around the Sofitel world.

We snapped this image at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, a perfect symbol of French heritage and cutting edge design. In fact architect Jean-Paul Viguier (whose design is pictured) was allowed to start from scratch when creating the hotel, and the result is striking — a dramatic bright white wedge-shaped building with an emphasis on bright and modern space. Magnifique!  

CHICAGO DESIGN

Fans of LifeIsMagnifique will know that we frequently feature art and literature finds from around the Sofitel world.

We snapped this image at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, a perfect symbol of French heritage and cutting edge design. In fact architect Jean-Paul Viguier (whose design is pictured) was allowed to start from scratch when creating the hotel, and the result is striking — a dramatic bright white wedge-shaped building with an emphasis on bright and modern space. Magnifique!  

GOOD MORNING
We’ve a few ways for you to begin your day with a lot of French style…

GOOD MORNING

We’ve a few ways for you to begin your day with a lot of French style…

GOOD MORNING

We’ve a few ways for you to begin your day with a lot of French style…

#TLSMITTY / HERMES
High above Chicago, in a suite at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, is where you can find the #TLSMITTY beach ball today!
We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch a flashback of the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the cities that we call home all this week!  

#TLSMITTY / HERMES

High above Chicago, in a suite at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, is where you can find the #TLSMITTY beach ball today!

We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch a flashback of the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the cities that we call home all this week!  

#TLSMITTY / HERMES

High above Chicago, in a suite at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, is where you can find the #TLSMITTY beach ball today!

We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch a flashback of the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the cities that we call home all this week!  

FOLLOW THE BALL / CHICAGO
From one icon to another! #TLSMITTY in front of the John Hancock Center, moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the places that we call home all this week!  

FOLLOW THE BALL / CHICAGO

From one icon to another! #TLSMITTY in front of the John Hancock Center, moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the places that we call home all this week!  

FOLLOW THE BALL / CHICAGO

From one icon to another! #TLSMITTY in front of the John Hancock Center, moments from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

We are thrilled to have been selecting runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards (SMITTY)! Catch the #TLSMITTY beach ball in many of the places that we call home all this week!