The Robey Hotel

Standing at the corner of North and Milwaukee Avenues, this 12-story historic limestone and brick flatiron building was Chicago’s first skyscraper outside the loop.

Salas O’Brien provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design work for this landmark’s conversion into a hotel. In addition to the design work, we provided local Class L Landmark support services for the redevelopment. The Robey offers many amenities, including a café, lounge, private event space, diner, restaurant, basement bar, and rooftop lounge, and includes 69 guestrooms, 24 of which are shared hostel suites.

The design team created a venue that combines a historic exterior with distinctive curated interior space, standing out in Chicago’s growing hotel market.

2017 Chicago ULI Vision Award, Innovation in Urban Hospitality
2017 City of Chicago Landmarks Preservation Excellence Award

Completion Year



83,000 square feet

Project Partner

Antunovich Associates