Where better to stay in the Windy City, than in a ‘howling’ tower?
An Art Deco skyscraper has been transformed by Grupo Habita into The Robey, the latest addition to Chicago’s roster of luxury hotels. Built as office space in 1929, the Northwest Tower gained the nickname of the Coyote Building for its ‘howling’ appearance.
Sitting on the juncture between the city’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighbourhoods, the unique triangular shape of The Robey has made it one of the singular landmarks of the area. Originally built by architecture firm Perkins, Chatten & Hammond, the reins of its redesign were given to Belgian practices Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors.
While the exterior has stayed largely the same – maintaining the Art Deco façade and the famous cupola – inside, the 12-storey building has been transformed to incorporate 69 rooms, a ground floor restaurant helmed by chef Bradley Stellings and a private rooftop lounge and terrace that offers panoramic views of the city skyline.
Interiors feature natural wood, custom made tiles, glass and chrome and marble details – a nod to the building’s Art Deco heritage.
The hotel is set to become an even hotter ticket in summer 2017 with the opening of the Cabana Club – a restaurant overlooking a rooftop pool with 180-degree views of the city.
Moisés Micha and Carlos Couturier, the entrepreneurial duo behind Grupo Habita, opened their first hotel in Mexico City in 2000. Their empire now includes a dozen Mexico locations, and two in the United States, The Robey, and Hôtel Americano in New York. A third is set to open in Los Angeles in late 2017.