• SOPHY's New Visitor Package Showcases Chicago's Best

     
    POSTED April 8, 2019
     
  • SOPHY's New Visitor Package Showcases Chicago's Best

     
    POSTED April 8, 2019
     
  • SOPHY's New Visitor Package Showcases Chicago's Best

     
    POSTED April 8, 2019
     
  • SOPHY's New Visitor Package Showcases Chicago's Best

     
    POSTED April 8, 2019
     

SOPHY, formerly known as Sophy Hyde Park, is giving visitors the tastiest bite of Chicago with its "48 Hours in Hyde Park" package. The package, which began this past winter, features all of Chicago's best sides. From its culinary and bar scene to its museums and rich history, SOPHY's package allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of Hyde Park and beyond.

With such a wide array of museums and cultural activities in Hyde Park, it is known as one of Chicago's most dynamic and culturally diverse areas. Sites like the University of Chicago, Barack Obama Presidential Center and the site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition are highlighted in the 48 Hours in Hyde Park package. Its museums include the Museum of Science & Industry, the DuSable Museum of African American History and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, which just reopened to the public this spring after an $11 million restoration.

Hyde Park is also a very walkable part of town, so it's easy for guests to explore all that it has to offer. On 53rd Street, where SOPHY is located, there is a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops filled with Chicago culture and history. Hopeless romantic? Right across the street is where Michelle and Barack Obama shared their first kiss, which is now commemorated with a plaque on a boulder.

Though 48 Hours in Hyde Park is primarily targeted toward newbies in the Windy City, Chicago natives might be interested, too. Because many Chicagoans don't know this part of the city very well, it can be a revelation for them, too.

Most "visit Chicago" packages tend to focus on more popular areas in the city like the Loop and adjacent neighborhoods. Because no one else is really talking about the incredible cultural treasures of the South Side, SOPHY is taking visitors--both new and old--to the hidden gem of Hyde Park.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.