What We Love
- Triangular-shaped Corner Suites, which afford the best city views
- Le Labo bath products in all the rooms
- The rooftop bar prioritizes hotel guests
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel is a 15-minute drive or train ride from Chicago’s central business district, The Loop
- There’s no fitness center on the premises, but guests can access a neighboring gym for $25 a day
- Because of the hotel’s closeness to the L train, rooms are equipped with earplugs
Converting an iconic 1929 office building into a tony urban retreat was no easy feat. But after a hotly anticipated three-year revamp (which also included the hotel’s sister property, The Hollander, a 20-room hostel which sits in a refurbished 1905 warehouse next door), the tasteful transformation, carefully monitored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, preserved the tower’s historic heart. Expertly restored features include a handsome marble and brass lobby, vintage arrow floor indicators in the elevator bank, and an ornamental rooftop spire. Upstairs, 69 guest rooms are refreshingly minimalist with earth tones and hardwood floors and lots of natural light, though certain quirks, like retro phones and mid-century modern furniture, add just the right dose of nostalgia. Marvel at Wicker Park’s six-corner intersection from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the street-level French-American bistro, or sip an espresso in the homey second-floor lounge. The real draw here, however, is the unobstructed Chicago skyline—Lake Michigan views included—best enjoyed with a nightcap from a low-slung sofa at Up & Up, the hotel’s glass-encased 13th-floor lounge.
In the Area
Wedged between scenic Wicker Park—Victorian homes, tree-lined streets—and trendy Bucktown, the hotel is one of the first to sprout up on Chicago’s West Side (four L stops from downtown). Boutiques abound, ranging from Shinola, where Detroit-made watches and bicycles steal the scene, and Bucketfeet, which stocks a dazzling collection of limited-edition tennis shoes and flip-flops. The neighborhood also brims with some of the most sought after eateries in the city, including taco stalwart Big Star, the original outpost of The Bongo Room (a popular breakfast institution that flips the most decadent pancakes in town), and The Violet Hour, a James Beard Award-winning speakeasy.
How to Get There
Modern, hip hotel - a great stay. Good food too. Nice views of the city from any room. Comfy beds! Wicker Park is a neat place - lots of good restaurants and shops. Took subway to the downtown area. Room service was a bit lacking, but a fun time overall!
I love the Robey and stay there whenever possible. The location is right on the Daimen stop for the Blue Line making it accessible to downtown and ORD. You can't miss with the restaurant on the first floor, the lounge and snacks on the second floor and the rooftop bar. Despite being right on the blue line, the rooms are comfortable and conducive to a good night's sleep.
very nice boutique hotel, rooms were very clean. bed, linens and pillows equates to great sleep. did not have any food at the location. The rooftop bar was small but very nice. great cocktails and outside area would be nice in the spring and summer.
The corner room is to die for! Amazing! we were there for an engagement, so didn't ge to take advantage of all the offerings, but the Cafe was very good and the service was outstanding! A must experience!
Really enjoyed my stay here! Friendly, easy check in. Really cool old building in a cool neighborhood and an easy walk to the train station. The room was very clean and the design was very cool and unique.