Hyde Park hotel offers U of C medical staff free rooms to aid in coronavirus fight

“The offer will run through April 17, and then we’ll re-evaluate it and see what the world looks like and what the need is,” says a spokeswoman for the Hyde Park Sophy hotel.

SHARE Hyde Park hotel offers U of C medical staff free rooms to aid in coronavirus fight
A room at the Sophy Hyde Park hotel.

A room at the Sophy Hyde Park hotel.

Provided

A boutique hotel in Hyde Park closed its doors to the general public Friday and opened them to University of Chicago Medical Center staff battling the coronavirus — free of charge.

The Sophy Hyde Park will offer up 90 of its 98 rooms, hotel spokesman Gayle Conran said.

“It’s really the closest hotel, only about a mile away, so medical staff won’t have to drive home. ... Just put your head on a pillowand get a good night’s sleep,” Conran said, adding occupancy at the hotel had been low in recent days.

“The offer will run through April 17, and then we’ll re-evaluate it and see what the world looks like and what the need is,” she said.

Any guests who might be displaced as a result of the special offer to medical staff are being transferred to theHyatt Place Chicago South, Conran said. Olympia Hotel Management runs both hotels.

“The Hyde Park Sophy is a campus hotel to a certain extent,” Coran said. “And they really just feel like part of the community, and that community includes the University of Chicago Medical Center as well.”

The Latest
The shooting happened about 9:15 p.m. in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street.
As gas prices soar, Illinois residents can apply for up to $4,000 in rebates for electric vehicles as part of a new climate-fighting clean energy law.
Since the Los Angeles Sparks won consecutive titles in 2001 and ’02, 13 of the 20 reigning champions didn’t make it back to the Finals; seven returned and lost. One of those seven was Parker’s 2017 Sparks team.
Harris was just in Illinois on June 24 for events in Plainfield and Chicago.
After allowing hits to five of the first nine hitters he faced Friday, Sampson switched to his off-speed pitches and retired 12 of the next 14.