February is a month of celebrating eternal love and friendship. How do you show the ones you love most that they hold a special place in your heart? You’ve expressed your fondness with flowers, dinner and jewelry. This year, try something different. Show your love with a romantic gesture; Love Locks.
Whether you’re honeymooning sightseers or local lovebirds, taking part in the time-honored Love Locks tradition is sure to create lasting memories.
Stroll hand-in-hand down Michigan Avenue, write your initials on a heart shaped padlock, and secure the padlock to our romantic display to mark your memorable rendezvous.
This is the third year of Love Locks at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. As homage to the famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, romantics can attach locks to an interactive display at the entrance of the hotel declaring their eternal love and friendship throughout the entire month of February. At the end of the month, the display will be taken down and stored until the following February when it returns with all of its locks from previous years.
Paris is celebrated for its romantic ambiance. There’s just something about this city that makes your heart skip a beat.
Since 2008, tourists flocked to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, in order to leave the “love locks” padlocks in the grating of the bridge as a gesture of a couple’s eternal love.
Locks were personalized with a short note or the names of those that were declaring their love.
It is estimated by the city that at its pique the bridge held over 800,000 locks weighing about 45 tons. The overwhelming amount of love locks eventually compromised the integrity of the bridge and in June of 2015, locks were taken down and replaced with panels displaying local artwork.
There are a couple different ways to share in our Love Locks experience:
• Café des Architectes – Patrons that purchase two entrees throughout the month of February will receive a padlock and marker for customizing. A special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu will be available for dinner starting at 5pm on February 14.
• Magnifique Romance Package – Guests that redeem the Magnifique Romance package in February receive a love lock in addition to the other traditional benefits including elegantly styled accommodations, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, complimentary breakfast and the luxury of time with a late check-out until 4:00 p.m. (upon availability).
• Purchase locks at the hotel for $5 each or couples can bring their own.
At a hotel already rich with French heritage, we look forward to bringing the tradition alive again. Love Locks an expression of hope and humanity, connecting people around the world with the one thing that unites us all: love.
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