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The art and science-inspired property makes annual $90,0000 commitment to STEM-focused Chicago charity to transform lives of Chicago’s youth


Chicago, IL.Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection and managed by the award-winning hospitality company, SMASHotels, is pleased to announce its partnership with Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments), an educational, Chicago-based non-profit that combines art and science to create transformational experiences for youth within underserved Chicago communities. The boutique Streeterville property, which is said to be at the “intersection of art and science,” has committed to contributing a minimum of $90,000 annually to this program. As a result of this donation, Project SYNCERE will launch the career exploration of twenty high school students through hands on, real-life engineering experiences at its E-CADEMY program.


“One of the core principles of the Autograph brand, and this hotel, is embracing the local community,” said Scott Greenberg, President and CEO of SMASHotels. “Our partnership with Project SYNCERE has allowed us to integrate our passion of art and science with a program that is truly making an impact on the future of these areas of study, both here in Chicago and beyond.”
Founded in 2008, Project SYNCERE focuses on the implementation of programs to engage young people in STEM and set them on a path to go to college in order to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The organization leverages the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum to provide a variety of in-school, out-of-school, weekend and summertime programs for students to take part in. E-CADEMY, the Project SYNCERE program directly supported by Hotel EMC2, is an out-of-school engineering pathway program designed to prepare students in grades six through eight and nine through eleven for enrollment in post-secondary STEM programs.


“Our relationship with Hotel EMC2 is the perfect alignment for both organizations,” says Jason Coleman, Co -Founder and Executive Director of Project SYNCERE. “This partnership has allowed us to collaborate with a group of people who truly understand the importance of the future of STEM education.”


The hotel’s contribution to Project SYNCERE is made possible by guests who make a room reservation directly with the hotel or online via Marriott. The property will work on additional collaborations with the STEM-focused organization, in tandem with their annual donation.


Hotel EMC2 is located at 228 E. Ontario Street. Room rates start at $249.00. For details on reservations, please visitwww.hotelemc2.com or call 884-205-3939. For further information about Hotel EMC2, follow @HotelEMC2 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels, please visit: www.autographhotels.com. For more information on Project SYNCERE, visit at www.projectsyncere.org.


About Hotel EMC2


Hotel EMC2 boasts 195 beautifully designed rooms and almost 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A hotel that embodies imagination, inspiration and innovation, it captures the creative spirit: the essential, energetic ingredient that has led to the scientific understanding of the universe and that acts as the bedrock to artistic expression. Hotel EMC2 strives to activate the mind through modern, upscale amenities, a restorative yet stimulating atmosphere and sumptuous, seasonal cuisine to enrich the soul, allowing guests to feel right at home. This one-of-a-kind, boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the famed Magnificent Mile Shopping District within the vibrant Streeterville neighborhood and is pedestrian-friendly to Chicago’s greatest attractions, shopping and dining. A luxurious urban refuge, Hotel EMC2 is dedicated to providing an artistic and creative experience, where we lodge those that carry a pencil, a paintbrush or a dream. Hotel EMC2 is managed by SMASHotels, an award-winning hospitality management company that also manages three other properties in Chicago. For more information on SMASHotels, please visit www.smashotels.com.


About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.  For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on InstagramTwitter, and Facebookto learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.