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Can you name this British luxury fashion house with the cutting-edge building design, moments from Sofitel? The Chicago flagship is the brand’s second largest store in America (after New York) and reflects the global store design concept developed by its Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey.
Nobody adds sweet flavors to Thanksgiving like our award-winning pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky from Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Her Pistachio Mont Blanc tastes as magnifique as it looks!
Roasted chestnuts are a late fall treat. They come into peak season in mid-November and, in their roasted state, evoke warm memories of everything lovely about cold weather.
Sofitel Chicago sous-chef Josh Thames suggests you serve chestnuts the French way and roast them for a soup:
4 tbsp. butter 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 1/2 lbs. peeled roasted chest-nuts 1/3 cup crème fraîche
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp. dry sherry, such as amon-tillado
Kosher salt, to taste
In a 4-qt. saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally until tender and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Add 6 cups water, chestnuts, and salt; simmer over medium-low heat until chestnuts are tender, 45 minutes. Purée soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. Whisk in crème fraîche, black pepper, and sherry. Season with more salt to taste. Serve hot. SERVES 6
BUILDINGS OF CHICAGO
Chicago is home to some of the United States most important architecture. There was even an architectural movement founded by William Le Baron Jenney called the ‘Chicago School’ which resulted in many of Chicago’s most recognizable structures. Taking an architectural walking tour of Chicago is a great way to experience the city and discover the little details that make Chicago great.
The Magnificent Mile, close to Sofitel Chicago, is home to iconic Chicago landmarks such as the historic Water Tower, DuSable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) and the Wrigley Building. You can view these famous Chicago attractions in style, by trolley, by water or by foot. The Tribune Tower is the earliest of the celebrated skyscrapers along The Magnificent Mile. The lower-level facade is embedded with more than 150 stones from landmarks around the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Berlin Wall, the pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The historic Water Tower is the longest standing structure on Michigan Avenue and the crown jewel of the street. The iconic Gothic tower is a rare survivor of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and remains a symbol of Chicago’s resilient spirit. For more Chicago tips and tours, see our concierge team!
Did you know that Chicago is home to one of the largest collections of historic bridges in the country? In a mere two miles, there are eighteen movable bridges in Downtown Chicago alone. The most famous of them all is the Michigan Avenue Bridge (officially DuSable Bridge), conceived as part of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. The bridge and upper-level Wacker Drive were designed to improve transportation and to enhance Chicago’s riverfront. The completion of the bridge, followed by the Wacker Drive esplanade (1926) and the monumental sculptures (1928), provided an impressive gateway to North Michigan Avenue and led to its development as one of the city’s premier thoroughfares. Even the detailing along the pedestrian walkway is an impressive sight, and only minutes from Sofitel Chicago…
The architectural boat tour of downtown is the single best way to see some of Chicago’s most iconic architecture, including Marina City. There are many different tour companies that will take you through the winding waterways of Chicago, and our concierge have the perfect list to help you begin your explore. Here is a great place to begin.
Shouldn’t every weekend include a little self reflection? Can you name the Chicago fashion star sparkling only moments from Sofitel?
UNDER CHICAGO’S BEAN
Cloud Gate - referred to by locals as “The Bean” for obvious reasons - is a public sculpture by talented British artist Anish Kapoor. It’s mirrored surface offers an amazing reflection of the city skyline, even more breathtaking on a clear Chicago day. “The Bean” was created using a huge number of individual stainless steel plates, with Cloud Gate’s seamless surface the result of thousands of hours of polishing the 110 ton, 66 feet long sculpture. Cloud Gate is quickly becoming one of the more popular photo opportunities in the city so what could be better than a photo from it, looking towards the city skyline? Magnifique!
Reblogged from thetomharrison
One of our favorite summer dishes from 2012 at #cafedesarchitectes. #tbt #throwbackthursday #chicago #sofitelchicago
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE EXPLORE
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-born architect widely regarded as one of the masters of modern architecture. Mies’ first large-scale commercial work, commissioned by developer Herbert Greenwald, was the high-rise towers of 860-880 Lake Shore Drive (completed 1951). Using steel straight from the mill, Mies built with the eye and intent of an artist, striking the perfect balance between rational structure and irrational spirit. The vertical windows and columns emphasize height. He relied not on applied ornamentation, but rather on clarity of form achieved through elegant proportions—window width:height, spandrel:column, bay:facade—and exacting detail. Prior to this point, structure was hidden within architecture. Here, Mies merged the two by exposing the steel, realizing his own words: “When technology reaches it true fulfillment, it transcends into architecture.” A classic Chicago building worthy for a weekend explore…
Reblogged from Architecture Bucket List