MODERN ART / USA

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Our concierge team at Sofitel New York always have their pulse on the best art in the city.

Right now don’t miss the latest exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s at the Jewish Museum, featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, much of which has rarely been seen in the United States. 

Oscar Bony, ‘Sinusoide or Structure’, 1967.

MODERN ART / USA
RALPH LAUREN SPRING 
A striking moment amid the excitement backstage at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 show. Who’s ready for spring? You will find Ralph Lauren ‘flagship stores’ in close proximity to Sofitel in Chicago, New York, London and Paris. 

RALPH LAUREN SPRING

A striking moment amid the excitement backstage at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 show. Who’s ready for spring? You will find Ralph Lauren ‘flagship stores’ in close proximity to Sofitel in Chicago, New York, London and Paris. 

RALPH LAUREN SPRING

A striking moment amid the excitement backstage at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 show. Who’s ready for spring? You will find Ralph Lauren ‘flagship stores’ in close proximity to Sofitel in Chicago, New York, London and Paris. 

ARCHITECTURE

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The white angular façade of Sofitel Chicago Water Tower makes for a striking image rising high above the streets of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. This building, designed by leading French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, looks right at home in a city known for its fine architecture. Magnifique! 

ARCHITECTURE

TRANSPARENT CITY #12

Chicago, like many urban centers throughout the world, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras.

In early 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography invited celebrated photographer Michael Wolf to document this phenomenon. The resulting images were chronicled in Wolf’s first body of work to address an American city in book form, ‘Michael Wolf: The Transparent City.’ Not only can you read the book in the lobby lounge library of Sofitel Chicago, you can also purchase the work in photographic form - as seen here at the Armory Show in New York City.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is located 10 minutes from the equally artsy Sofitel Chicago.

TRANSPARENT CITY #12

CHICAGO / aroundcenter

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Until April 27 Chicago guests ‘must’ attend the Chicago Cultural Center to experience “Jan Tichy: aroundcenter.”

aroundcenter is a site-specific exhibition composed of nine installations, each of which stands on its own, yet at the same time relate, deriving from and leading to the others. One of our favorites (pictured) features 6,000 color slides covering three massive windows on the building’s fifth floor. See more: http://bit.ly/MaiBGJ

CHICAGO / aroundcenter
Bright Lights, Big City
Chicago has wonderfully rich theater scene ranging from intimate storefront theaters to the famous improv comedians at Second City and any number of Broadway shows. The Cadillac Theatre in the Loop has a beautiful, richly decorated house for large extravagant Broadway productions. The Neo-Futurists up North on Ashland put on 30 shows in 60 minutes (and charge you the price of a dice roll for admission), and if you show up at Second City on Friday at midnight, you’ll be right in time for a free improv show called The Midnight Melt. I saw Chris Farley perform at a Midnight Melt way back in the day and I can promise that all bets are off after midnight.Live theater performances happen nightly in Chicago so when the weather cools down in the fall and the dusk comes early, check out Chicagoplays.com or theatreinchicago.com for something that tickles your fancy and go support theater in… See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/bright-lights-big-city

Bright Lights, Big City


Chicago has wonderfully rich theater scene ranging from intimate storefront theaters to the famous improv comedians at Second City and any number of Broadway shows. The Cadillac Theatre in the Loop has a beautiful, richly decorated house for large extravagant Broadway productions. The Neo-Futurists up North on Ashland put on 30 shows in 60 minutes (and charge you the price of a dice roll for admission), and if you show up at Second City on Friday at midnight, you’ll be right in time for a free improv show called The Midnight Melt. I saw Chris Farley perform at a Midnight Melt way back in the day and I can promise that all bets are off after midnight.Live theater performances happen nightly in Chicago so when the weather cools down in the fall and the dusk comes early, check out Chicagoplays.com or theatreinchicago.com for something that tickles your fancy and go support theater in…

See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/bright-lights-big-city

Bright Lights, Big City


Chicago has wonderfully rich theater scene ranging from intimate storefront theaters to the famous improv comedians at Second City and any number of Broadway shows. The Cadillac Theatre in the Loop has a beautiful, richly decorated house for large extravagant Broadway productions. The Neo-Futurists up North on Ashland put on 30 shows in 60 minutes (and charge you the price of a dice roll for admission), and if you show up at Second City on Friday at midnight, you’ll be right in time for a free improv show called The Midnight Melt. I saw Chris Farley perform at a Midnight Melt way back in the day and I can promise that all bets are off after midnight.Live theater performances happen nightly in Chicago so when the weather cools down in the fall and the dusk comes early, check out Chicagoplays.com or theatreinchicago.com for something that tickles your fancy and go support theater in…

See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/bright-lights-big-city
SKYDECK CHICAGO
Up 100+ stories, you’ll feel on top of the world at the skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. The city is extremely beautiful, and especially awesome from up here. On a pretty clear day like this one was, you can see quite far in all directions. This is a must for anybody visiting Chicago and any resident here. See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/skydeck

SKYDECK CHICAGO

Up 100+ stories, you’ll feel on top of the world at the skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. The city is extremely beautiful, and especially awesome from up here. On a pretty clear day like this one was, you can see quite far in all directions. This is a must for anybody visiting Chicago and any resident here.

See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/skydeck

SKYDECK CHICAGO

Up 100+ stories, you’ll feel on top of the world at the skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. The city is extremely beautiful, and especially awesome from up here. On a pretty clear day like this one was, you can see quite far in all directions. This is a must for anybody visiting Chicago and any resident here.

See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/skydeck
CHICAGO COOL
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.

CHICAGO COOL

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.

CHICAGO COOL

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! 
(Instagram: leighomilinsky)

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! 

(Instagram: leighomilinsky)

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! 

(Instagram: leighomilinsky)

INGREDIENT: CHESTNUTS 
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

INGREDIENT: CHESTNUTS 

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

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INGREDIENT: CHESTNUTS 

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

(Source: weheartit.com, via beautefragile)