Room Key: The Robey Chicago

Photo of a guest room at the Robey hotel in Chicago

Refined & relaxed in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park

I’ve been eagerly watching the restoration on my neighborhood’s landmark Northwest Tower for four years. So when two boutique hotel properties announced their opening in the space, I jumped at the opportunity to preview them for Chicagoist.

Read: Inside Wicker Park’s New Boutique Hotel & Social Media-Minded Hostel

The Robey and The Hollander anchor the lively intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen avenues with design-minded spaces for hotel guests and locals alike. Located steps from the Blue Line Damen stop, it’s an ideal destination for those looking to immerse themselves in Chicago’s neighborhoods outside of downtown.

View of Wicker Park and the Chicago skyline from the Robey hotel
The Robey is located on the Blue Line west of downtown Chicago

The Robey is located in an Art Deco landmark building dating from 1929. It spans 12 floors above the adjacent Damen Avenue, which was originally named Robey Street. The former office building has kept plenty of its vintage charm boasting details like a stunning period lobby, hallway mail chutes, and original guest room doors. However, Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors keep the overall design clean and contemporary. Glass, chrome, and timber elements make for sophisticated interiors. The light-filled guest rooms offer incredible neighborhood views.

Photo of a guest room at the Robey hotel in Wicker Park

Details from a guest room at the Robey hotel in Chicago

Photo of a suite at the Robey

Grab a bite at Café Robey, a French-American restaurant on the first floor, or head to the second floor lounge for coffee and conversation. Don’t miss the Up & Up rooftop lounge, which offers perhaps the best view of Chicago’s skyline. This is the tallest building outside of Chicago’s downtown, so there are no competing skyscrapers blocking the scene. The 35-seat lounge, inspired by classic American art, is exclusive to hotel guests but locals may visit by appointment. For those looking for an even more exclusive experience, the distinctive cupola has been refitted as a private lounge.

Photo of Cafe Robey in Chicago
Cafe Robey

Photo of a counter at the Robey's lounge

The second floor lounge at the Robey Chicago
Second floor lounge
Up & Up rooftop bar at the Robey Chicago
Up  & Up rooftop lounge

Located only blocks from my apartment, the Robey provided the perfect staycation. The minimal, elegant design felt refined and relaxing. While I planned on a cozy movie night, it was lights out as soon as I sunk into the ultra comforatble bed. This might have had something to do with the many creative cocktails consumed at Up & Up that night. Although we didn’t have a great view from the rooftop bar due to a blizzard, it did provide a snow globe effect. The next morning, I wanted to linger in the bright guest room all day and read the stack of art magazines. We grabbed coffee and a pastry at the second floor lounge and soaked in the mid-century inspired surroundings. It was hard to leave the Robey, but lucky for me it’s just down the street!

Adjacent to the Robey, the Hollander provides an upscale hostel experience with a social emphasis. Read more about the Hollander here.


Snag a corner room for the best views of Wicker Park’s “six corners.”

Details about the Robey hotel in ChicagoSpecial Touches

hotel-review-urbnexplorer  Le Labo toiletries
hotel-review-urbnexplorer  Denim robe and felt slippers
hotel-review-urbnexplorer  Bas relief sculptures mounted in the rooftop cupola

View of downtown Chicago from the Robey's rooftop
Downtown Chicago view from the rooftop

The Robey
2018 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

This post wasn’t sponsored. I couldn’t wait to check in to the Robey!


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