Check In: The Robey
Design Hotels‘ first outpost in Chicago is simultaneously a step up for Wicker Park boutique hotel offerings and a step back in time, as it is set inside the 1929 Northwest Tower designed by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond. Mexico City hospitality firm Grupo Habita paired with local Convexity Properties to secure the historic structure, and the two rounded out the global design team with Belgium-based Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors. Inside the triangular-shaped gray-limestone exterior are hardwood floors in red, white and gray tones that ground modern and sleek minimalist decor. The Art Deco landmark stands tall in Wicker Park–at 12 stories, it dominates the surrounding skyline–and houses 69 guest rooms, a rooftop bar and pool and Cafe Robey,a French-American bistro helmed by Chef Bradley Stellings. A culinary and after-hours hotspot for some time now, the neighborhood finally has a design-focused hotel to bed down in after an evening out in the Windy City.