Autograph Collection Hotels and SMASHotels commence EMC2

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, together with SMASHotels, announced the official opening of Hotel EMC2 in downtown Chicago. Featuring the convergence of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience, Hotel EMC2 joins the diverse global portfolio of more than 100 Autograph Collection Hotels. The hotel is located at 228 E. Ontario Street, downtown Chicago.

People and space

Driven by the vision of local real estate developer Scott Greenberg, president and CEO of SMASHotels, and General Manager Christine Wechter, the hotel’s interiors are designed by the Rockwell Group and architecture is by KOO. Art and science theme is evident throughout the 21-story, 195-room hotel.

Executive Chef Brandon Brumback will oversee the hotel’s 120-seat American restaurant, the Albert (named after Albert Einstein who proved the E=MC2 formula, the hotel’s namesake.) The Albert also offers an intimate 20-seat open kitchen with artwork from West Coast surrealist painter, Paul Bond, and local artist, Jonathan Plotkin. It also offers house-made infused liquors developed by Director of Food and Beverage Rebecca Royster.

The hotel sports nearly 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

EMC2 Guestroom

Signature guestroom at Hotel EMC2

“I have always been fascinated by art and science, and I’m truly ecstatic to bring a hotel experience like this – geared toward both left- and right-brained guests – to Chicago,” said Scott Greenberg, President and CEO, SMASHotels. “At the core of our hotel is the idea of inspiration; we want to educate and ignite imagination and innovation at every turn, challenging guests to expand their understanding of how everything is connected. Through our partnership with Project SYNCERE, we are able to extend this passion even further.”

The cause

Hotel EMC2 and Autograph Collection Hotels have committed to support the youth STEM programs of Chicago-based Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments), an organization that combines art and science to create transformational experiences for youth within underserved Chicago communities. With the support of Autograph Collection Hotels and Hotel EMC2, Project SYNCERE will jumpstart the career exploration of 20 high school students by providing hands-on, real life engineering experience through its E-CADEMY program. The hotel will also collaborate with the organization on additional initiatives and will remain committed to the partnership beyond opening.

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