Northwest Tower

Coordinates: 41°54′38″N 87°40′41″W / 41.91062°N 87.67816°W / 41.91062; -87.67816
Northwest Tower
Alternative namesCoyote Building
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
AddressNorth Avenue & Milwaukee Avenue
Town or cityWicker Park, Chicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°54′38″N 87°40′42″W / 41.9106°N 87.6782°W / 41.9106; -87.6782
Current tenantsThe Robey Chicago
Year(s) built1928–1929
Height203 feet (62 m)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Perkins, Chatten & Hammond
Other information
Number of stores12

The Northwest Tower, popularly known as the Coyote Building,[1] is a 12-story Art Deco building at the corner of North Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. It was designed by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond and built between 1928 and 1929.[2][3]


The Northwest Tower is one of the first skyscrapers in Chicago to have been constructed outside the downtown area.[4] The tower was built on the site of the Noel State Bank, near the Damen stop on the Chicago "L". It was originally marketed to attorneys, doctors, and other professionals.[4] In the 1980s, it became home to the Tower Coyote Gallery, reportedly named because artists thought the building resembled a howling coyote. Over the next two decades, the surrounding neighborhood held an annual arts festival called Around the Coyote.[5] In 2008, the Chicago Zoning Board approved plans to convert the building into a hotel, but financial difficulties prevented the building's owner from moving ahead with the project.[6]


In 2012, the property was purchased by a venture backed by Don Wilson and AJ Capita with the intent to renovate the property into a boutique hotel. Hotel Robey, named after the prior name for Damen Avenue, offers 69 rooms and Cafe Robey serving French-American cuisine. The hotel is operated by Grupo Habita, a Mexico-based hotel group with 14 hotels in Mexico and one in New York.[7]


From 2015 to 2017, Northwest Tower was renovated by the Chicago-based Antunovich Associates as the architect of record, design work by Brussels offices of Nicolas Schuybroek Architects, and interior work by Marc Merckx Interiors.[8]


  1. ^ Brenda Fowler. "The Many Accents of Wicker Park". New York Times. March 24, 2002. Retrieved on August 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Al Chase. "Trio of imposing buildings for neighborhood centers". Chicago Tribune. May 20, 1928. B1.
  3. ^ Alice Sinkevitch, et al. AIA Guide to Chicago. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003. 265.
  4. ^ a b Landmark Designation Report: Milwaukee Avenue District. Commission on Chicago Landmarks. May 3, 2007. 21.
  5. ^ Alan G. Artner. "Call of the wild; Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival 2005". Chicago Tribune. September 9, 2005. 12.
  6. ^ Alby Gallun. "Bucktown's tallest building faces foreclosure". Crain's Chicago Business. March 3, 2010. Retrieved on August 28, 2010.
  7. ^ Alisa Hauser. "New Wicker Park Boutique Hotel Will Include Second Restaurant Next to Pool Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine". DNAinfo. August 26, 2015. Retrieved on December 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Messner, Matthew (23 January 2017). "A newly remodeled 1920s building adds to Chicago's growing list of boutique tower hotels". The Architect's Newspaper.

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