The Robey


The Robey is a stylish hotel set in a historic tower in the Wicker Park neighborhood. With multiple bars and a rooftop patio, it’s beloved by locals and guests alike.


BY: Alex Temblador Contributing writer

Standing in a crowd is comfortable. It allows you to hunch your shoulders back just a little more than normal with the knowledge that you’re not standing out. But standing on your own, away from the crowd, now that takes courage and strength. And when you stand alone, your neck lengthens, your shoulders settle, and your spine extends to its full length until you have become your own man, ready in that knowledge that you don’t need the crowd.

The Robey Chicago is set in a tower that stepped away from the crowds and stood on its own long ago. The Northwest Tower is a 203-foot tall skyscraper and the only one for miles. It sits a 13-minute drive away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the hordes of tall buildings that stand out against the skyline. This is one of the reasons we like The Robey. It stands on its own and it’s not afraid to do so.

In the summer, you’ll want to head to the top floor to catch rays by the pool and enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the Cabana Club, while taking in 180-degree views of the skyline

The Robey is a boutique property set in two buildings, the historic 1929 Art Deco Northwest Tower and an adjoining building that was built in 1905 and was once the Hollander Fireproof Warehouse. The Northwest Tower is home to the Tower Rooms and public spaces, while the Annex Loft rooms are housed in the old warehouse. Rooms and lofts here are sleek and simple with a white, gray, and black color scheme and custom designed furniture that mixes modern and Art Deco elements. Minibars, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and Le Labo bath products are all included for a nomad’s comfort.

The Robey turns heads for its stellar public spaces and amenities. You’ve got Café Robey, serving up daily brunch and American fare for dinner. Then there’s The Lounge, a spot with top notch espresso, cocktails, and snacks all in a cool laid-back space to get work (or to not get work) done. In the summer, you’ll want to head to the top floor to catch rays by the pool and enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the Cabana Club, while taking in 180-degree views of the skyline with other guests and Chicago locals. And to top it all off, there’s The UP Room, an exclusive rooftop cocktail bar with great views and drinks.

The Robey may be far from downtown Chicago, but that’s kind of what makes this place special. (FYI, the L train is just steps from its door if you need it) It doesn’t need to be in the middle of downtown among the other buildings, competing for sunlight and fresh air. No, The Robey is doing its thing all on its own and it’s doing it in style. If that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is.


The Robey is fashioned inside an art deco masterpiece dating back to 1929, the building offers 180-degree views of the city skyline

A minute’s walk from the “L” station, the rooms are sharp in aesthetic, featuring hardwood floors, custom made furniture, and top notch toiletries

The property includes a rooftop terrace with a bar, along with an outdoor pool for a float amongst city skyline views

Choose between Tower Room’s or Annex Lofts, and dine at Café Robey serving up Modern American fare – against the backdrop of Wicker Park

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