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Next try of boutique hotel concept – EMC2 in Chicago joins Marriott’s Autograph Collection

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July 26, 2017

Next try of boutique hotel concept – EMC2 in Chicago joins Marriott’s Autograph Collection

Chicago – 26 July 2017 –
SMASHotels officially opened its latest boutique hotel concept Hotel EMC2 in downtown Chicago as member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

The convergence of art and science through the design as seen in this signature guestroom Hotel EMC2. Photo credit: Michael Kleinberg
The convergence of art and science through the design as seen in this signature guestroom Hotel EMC2. Photo credit: Michael Kleinberg

Art and science are thoughtfully woven throughout every nook of the 21-story, 195-room hotel beginning with a typographic design that greets guests upon arrival and features the commanding words of legendary Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci: “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” Da Vinci’s vision sets the stage for the experience to follow, guiding the design of the hotel: from the captivating pieces of artwork commissioned specifically for the hotel, to the well-appointed guestrooms subtly influenced by 1920s laboratories with rose gold fixtures, luxurious furnishings and playful gramophones that project music from any mobile device.

The Albert at Hotel EMC2, an Autograph Collection Hotel. Photo credit: Michael Kleinberg
The Albert at Hotel EMC2, an Autograph Collection Hotel. Photo credit: Michael Kleinberg

The hotel’s 120-seat contemporary American restaurant, the Albert (a nod to the extraordinary scientist), presents seasonal, globally inspired dishes from acclaimed Executive Chef Brandon Brumback. The dynamic opening menu has been meticulously created to celebrate the fresh flavors and aromas of summer. Unlike any culinary experience in the city, the restaurant offers the warmth of a 1930s institute of higher learning, where professors swirled a scotch and talked about the mysteries of the universe. The Albert also offers an intimate 20-seat open kitchen where diners are invited behind-the-scenes to witness Brumback’s culinary canvas, firsthand, while marveling in the commissioned artwork from West Coast surrealist painter, Paul Bond, and local artist, Jonathan Plotkin. At the center of the restaurant, a glass chandelier evokes a scientific experiment and pours house-made infused liquors developed by Director of Food and Beverage Rebecca Royster.

General manager is Christine Wechter. 

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