WICKER PARK — The Robey, a new hotel opening soon in Wicker Park, has turned heads for its interior rehab. But the views from the top of the skyscraper are pretty spectacular, too.
Leah Root, a member of neighborhood group Wicker Park Committee and photographer Raf Winterpacht were among the folks granted sneak peeks in recent weeks.
Root and Winterpacht snapped some images from the rooftop to show what guests can see from the upper rooms of the 203-foot-tall, art deco Northwest Tower, originally built as an office building in 1929.
"The pictures were taken from about 4:30 until around 6:30 p.m. [Friday]. Minor edits were done, such as adjusting highlights and shadows, but long exposure pictures (that I usually take) bring out more colors and vibrance," Winterpacht said.
Rates at the 69-room Robey, 2018 W. North Ave. start at $175 per night. Perks and amenities include pet-friendly rooms, soft denim robes and felt slippers, free WiFi and access to the pool and rooftop.
Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin described the guest rooms, "especially the privileged ones at the Robey's prow-like corner," as having "drop-dead skyline views."
Next door, some 20 rooms will be available on the upper floors of the five-story Hollander Fireproof Warehouse, 2022 W. North Ave. Those rooms will offer both queen-sized and twin beds for families and small groups. "Social Stays" in The Hollander's eight shared rooms will start at $45 per night and the 12 private rooms start at $165.
Both The Robey and The Hollander are run by Grupo Habita, which operates 14 hotels in Mexico as well as the Hotel Americano in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. Hotel Americano opened in 2011.
View of the Flat Iron Arts Building. [Raf Winterpacht]
Looking east. [Leah Root]
The Downtown skyline. [Leah Root]
Downtown at night. [Raf Winterpacht]
Another view. [Raf Winterpacht]
Looking at the Flat Iron Arts building from across the way at the top of The Robey. [Raf Winterpacht]
The Pool at The Robey on the 6th Floor. [The Robey]
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