Further evidence for the proposition that Chicago is one of America’s most hospitable cities: more than three decades after the original restaurant collaboration between the actor Robert De Niro and the celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened its doors in New York, the brand’s hotels have become a global phenomenon, and the West Loop is graced with one of its very own; Nobu Hotel Chicago, fittingly, stands over a stretch of Randolph Street known as Restaurant Row.
Nor does it simply coast on the kitchen’s reputation. The rooms and suites are quite obviously Japanese-influenced, equal parts Zen and ultra-modern post-industrial — check out the cedar tubs in the suites — and they’re as luxurious as they are stylish, with plush beds custom-designed for Nobu and upscale conveniences like Nespresso machines and 60-inch smart TVs.
Of course, the restaurant holds up its end of the deal, bringing Matsuhisa’s signature blend of Japanese and Peruvian flavors to this most food-obsessed of American cities. The signature restaurant is set at ground level, with a sushi bar on the mezzanine, and upstairs, 11 floors above Randolph Street, is one of the hotel’s most desirable features: a rooftop bar, featuring a subset of Nobu’s menu as well as, season permitting, a rotation of DJs and live music.
Please note: the Rooftop Bar is currently open three days a week (Thursday through Saturday).