publicationstravel journalnorth americachicagowest loop Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic The latest opening from Nobu Hotels brings the spirit of ancient Japan to urban Chicago. From its exquisite décor to the expertly crafted dining experiences, Nobu Hotel Chicago achieves a tantalising balance between city style and East Asian zen.
by Ellie Loxton

Impressive in the architectural statement it makes, the latest opening by Nobu Hotels takes pride of place in Chicago’s West Loop neighbourhood. Creative blends between Japanese culture and sleek, ultra-modern luxe are Nobu’s raison d’être, and this stunning Chicago venture brings another standout experience to their culture-seeking clientele. Rooms are exquisite and urban-cool; dining opportunities are second to none: this is city majesty at its best.

Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel Chicago

115 rooms and suites align neatly within the hotel’s quadratic structure. Contemporary and cutting edge in style, each room pulsates with a bold modern energy while preserving the tranquil harmony and hideaway calm we all seek. Select room furnishings achieve a soothing balance between simplicity and inspired design as deep-toned Japanese patterns combine seamlessly with gorgeous cream colourings.

First class amenities such as walk-in showers, Nespresso machines and 60-inch Smart TVs are guaranteed, alongside characteristic Nobu additions like the in-room Japanese tea service. Views are simply sublime: overlooking one of the Windy City’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, floor-to-ceiling windows unlock the city skyline like never before.

Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel Chicago

For a more immersive stay, guests should sample the magnificent Nobu Villa. Enviably first rate, the Nobu Villa offers two guests an unmatched experience of urban luxe, with the option of extending to four through well-designed inter-room connection. The Villa can, moreover, amply accommodate 10 diners, making it the perfect destination for private dinner gatherings. Décor and furnishings are infused with Nobu’s unique style: the natural materials and built-in millwork create an intriguing dynamic alongside the lively city setting.

Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel Chicago

Every aspect of Nobu Hotel Chicago has been curated to offer a truly unforgettable experience, and dining is no exception. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Rooftop at Nobu excites all the senses with standout dishes and an expertly crafted cocktail menu.

Architecture at The Rooftop sets a tone of sleek sophistication that characterises any visit, as ancient samurai swords and origami paper designs are reimagined with modern aplomb to achieve an electric dining environment. In the kitchens, skilled chefs create renowned Nobu dishes such as Black Cod Miso and Rock Shrimp Tempura, each one promising to transport the palate to the neon-lit heights of busy Tokyo.

Nobu Hotel Chicago: Japanese flair meets inner-city chic
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel Chicago

Bringing Japanese aesthetics into conversation with cool, contemporary finesse, Nobu Hotel Chicago achieves a rare and unparalleled connection to the buzzing momentum of built-up Chicago.

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Since graduating from the University of Cambridge, Ellie Loxton has developed a career as a lifestyle writer with a portfolio of high-quality material relevant to modern readers. Unapologetically passionate about all things luxury, Ellie particularly enjoys writing about five-star hotels, wellness and interiors.