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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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RIGHT: A view from the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. BELOW: Macarons, Sugar Fixé (price on request). 958 W. Armitage Ave., 773-799-8399; BOTTOM: The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Grand Ballroom. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SOFITEL CHICAGO FASHION, FROM TOP LEFT: 18k white-gold 0.26 carat micro pavé emerald-cut center diamond ring, A.Jaffe ($2,330). James & Sons, 1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800; jamesand Ivory Goa cabochon clutch, Oscar de la Renta ($1,690) 168 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM FRENCH KISS SOFITEL CHICAGO WATER TOWER GIVES WEDDINGS THE TRÈS CHIC TREATMENT. Romance is so central an element at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower that the feeling even echoes in the design of the building itself: Paris-based architect Jean- Paul Viguier envisioned the soaring Gold Coast hotel as a glass-and-steel bride to com- plement the nearby John Hancock Center's groomlike appearance. International details are carried through the lobby, which sparkles with French artwork and a photo-ready contemporary grand staircase (an homage to the Paris Opera's dramatic entry) twinkling with thou- sands of fiber-optic lights. In the airy Grand Ballroom, guests get another taste of cosmopolitan flavor as they look out the space's southeast windows above Chestnut Street. "It's definitely a modern interpretation with- out being museumesque," says director of catering Robert Warsaw. The Greg Biggers-created menus, featuring cheeses and char- cuterie made in-house, also embody a dedication to modern French flair, right down to the signature macarons, which can be customized in an array of fruit and herb flavors. Says Warsaw, "We truly strive to know the nuances of every bride and groom." 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324- 4000; en/inspired-events.html . BRIDAL RECEPTION PERFECTION

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