Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection and managed by the award-winning hospitality company, SMASHotels, is pleased to announce the addition of two thoughtfully designed, multifunctional meeting and event spaces: Emmy Noether and Symmetry.
The hotel also has received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating. This is the first time Hotel EMC2 has attained this celebrated rating.
The new rooms, totaling nearly 2,000 sf, are named after Noether, an often-unmerited German mathematician and professor of the early 1900s who laid the groundwork for Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and symmetry, the guiding principle behind Noether’s theorem. Guests booking these spaces also have access to unique dining options, which are influenced by the menu at the Albert, the hotel’s globally inspired restaurant that puts emphasis on quality and refined taste led by Executive Chef Brandon Brumback.
“We are pleased to launch our meeting and event space offerings in Chicago, a dynamic city known for its contribution to art, culture, medicine and technology,” said General Manager Christine Wechter. “Centered around two concepts that serve as the foundation of modern physics, we hope the venues will provide guests and meeting and event planners with a luxury environment that will spark intellect, problem solving, brain power and invention.”
The enthralling art of Dr. Eugenia Cheng (a British mathematician, musician, author, artist and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), commissioned by SMASHotels’ President and CEO Scott Greenberg, is the focal point of both spaces, with large blackboard-style installations depicting Noether’s legacy and groundbreaking theories and the principle of symmetry. The captivating commissioned artwork can be moved to reveal two 75-inch monitors (within Emmy Noether) and two 65-inch monitors (within Symmetry), and is surrounded by vintage books on art, science, physics, mathematics and history.
“Celebrating Emmy Noether and mathematics in a non-traditional hotel setting is an honor,” said Mathematician in Residence of Hotel EMC2 Dr. Eugenia Cheng. “The dynamic — yet unlikely — partnership with Scott Greenberg allowed us to share the complex nature and beauty of mathematics through art to a wider audience, and in turn, shine a light on Noether’s brilliance.”
Located on the second and third floors of the 21-story hotel, the Emmy Noether and Symmetry spaces are adaptable to boardroom, u-shape, classroom, banquet and theater layouts, and can accommodate up to 75 guests. Emmy Noether overlooks the Albert — a poetic gesture to Noether’s influence on Einstein’s groundbreaking theories — and Symmetry faces the bustling Ontario Street and boasts a 690-sf terrace. Beyond the artwork, the rooms are equipped with the Crestor RL2 Group Collaboration System and offer customizable audio-visual capabilities with 10-inch touch screens, table microphones, built-in speakers, ear-set microphones, lavalier microphones and Solstice Pod Streaming Video Players.
Drawing inspiration from the menu at the Albert, Hotel EMC2 provides guests with restaurant-quality service in the meeting spaces, with a variety of unique and contemporary menu items to choose from. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, an array of themed buffets are offered, such as the Classic Continental breakfast, Brain Power (the brain nurturing lunch break with choice of soup or red quinoa salad and served with an entrée option of roasted salmon, roasted chicken, or grilled shiitake mushrooms, and choice of dessert) and the Einstein (one of two buffet dinners complete with seasonal selections of soup, a seafood charcuterie display, choice of protein and vegetarian options, and choice of dessert). Plated menu options are also available, and receptions at Hotel EMC2 include a variety of savory and sweet canapés. In addition to food offerings for meetings and events, Hotel EMC2 also provides a beverage program that includes both a la carte beverage items and a variety of bar options.
Hotel EMC2 is at 228 E. Ontario Street. Room rates start at $249. For details on reservations, click here or call 884-205-3939.