Wandering Off the Mile:
Michigan Avenue is not for everyone. Don’t get us wrong, it’s splendid. There’s a sense of grandeur and class, it’s always perfectly landscaped, and during the holidays it’s just plain magical. However, not everyone is looking for the Michigan Avenue experience when they visit Chicago.
Our city is comprised of several neighborhoods, rich in culture and uniqueness. There’s a stark difference between the streets of Lincoln Park and the corners or Logan Square, the bustle of the West Loop and the tranquility of Lakeview East.
In Recent years, we’ve seen a change in what the “ideal” visit to Chicago looks like. While previously it solely meant a stay on The Magnificent Mile and a visit to the Willis Tower, it’s now about a true exploration of the city. With that, we’ve seen the growth of hotels in Chicago neighborhoods skyrocket. First came Longman & Eagle, then The Soho House, and The Ace Hotel. We don’t expect this trend to stop anytime soon and are looking forward to more neighborhood additions.
Earlier this year we welcomed The Robey Chicago to the Wicker Park/ Bucktown neighborhood. Wicker Park is one of Chicago’s most vibrant areas. Music, food, art, and festivals are staples. Creativity a driving force. The CTA blue line makes getting to and from downtown a breeze, and its proximity to surrounding neighborhoods, equal a walker’s dream. Even better? The Robey is housed in one of the areas most cherished buildings, in fact, it may be considered it’s most famous.
The Robey is housed in the triangular-shaped building formerly known as The North-West Tower. Built in 1929 by the Chicago-based firm Perkins, Chatten and Hammond, it was also known as the Coyote Building or abbreviated to NWT. The 12-story gray limestone structure dons an Art Deco exterior and a rooftop cupola and lantern and is the tallest building in the Bucktown area. The tower was one of the first skyscrapers in Chicago to have been constructed outside the downtown area and was originally marketed to attorneys, doctors, and other professionals. becoming the home artists in the 1980’s. For over two decades, the surrounding neighborhood held an annual arts festival called Around the Coyote and became a local Chicago fixture.
Today The Robey overlooks the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, the view from its rooftop lounge boasts 360-degree views of the Chicago city skyline. Walk through corridors and you will see that the buildings original glory has been preserved. Can anyone say, gilded gold? Yet, there is a touch of modern sterility to it all, leading to the perfect balance of old and new.
The décor is simple. White Egyptian cotton bedding and hardwood floors adorn the rooms and suites, as do glass walls dividing bedrooms and bathrooms. Communal spaces see wood and terrazzo and a color scheme of grays, greens, reds, pinks, and whites with accents of hard metals, gold, bronze, and iron.
This hotel isn’t just a place to stay, it’s a place to experience Chicago in its truest form.
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