The end is finally in sight for the nearly three-year effort converting Wicker Park’s iconic Northwest Tower into a trendy, 89-key boutique hotel. Recently rechristened "The Robey," the 1929 flatiron-shaped Art Deco building dominating the corner of North, Milwaukee, and Damen avenues is expected to open by Thanksgiving, reports DNAinfo.
Named after Robey Avenue which became Damen in 1927, the upcoming 12-story hotel includes ground floor retail, two restaurants, and a rooftop bar that should offer unparalleled views of Wicker Park set against the backdrop of Chicago’s downtown skyline. The project was approved in early 2014 and has had its completion date pushed back at least once.
The new hotel comes from trader-turned-developer Don Wilson’s Convexity Properties. The same group was responsible for preserving Wicker Park’s vintage Noel State Bank as a flagship Walgreen’s and is also behind projects such as the Three Arts Club Restoration Hardware and the upcoming Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Meanwhile, Mexico-based hospitality firm Grupo Habita has been tapped as the Robey’s operator.
- The Robey, Wicker Park Boutique Hotel, Plans to Open By Thanksgiving [DNAinfo]
- Wicker Park's Northwest Tower Approved For Hotel Rooms [Curbed Chicago]
- Previous Wicker Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]