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Travel: The Robey Hotel, Chicago

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Most of the Clotheshorse team lives in Chicago — and when we heard Grupo Habita, one of our favorite hotel groups, was taking over a space in Wicker Park, a neighborhood devoid of hotels, we were elated to say the least. Situated at the intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues, perhaps the coolest and most bustling intersection in Wicker Park, you’ll find The Robey inside the only Art Deco skyscraper in miles, formally the Northwest Tower.

Originally built in 1929, The Robey has merged Americana and modern sensibilities in its remodel by Belgian duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors, to house 69 guest rooms, a cafe and lounge (Café Robey and the Robey Lounge), two cocktail bars (The Up & Up and Cabana Club), as well as a 6th floor pool.

We had a chance to stay at The Robey earlier this summer during Pitchfork Music Festival which made for a great home base in our favourite neighbourhood to eat and drink. In addition to the hotels varied amenities, we enjoyed the layout of our light-filled room on the 11th floor over looking Wicker Park and the addition of a marble cafe table instead of the traditional desk you’d likely find in most hotels.

Other notable features of the room included cozy yet cool denim robes, a locally stocked mini bar, 400-thread count sheets (with a Woolrich blanket), a fine selection of magazines, Le Labo Santal amenities, and in room dining by Café Robey.

We also enjoyed many meals at Café Robey throughout the weekend including brunch, dinner, and cocktails. The French style American bistro offered an edited yet varied assortment of options for brunch and lunch, from heathy salads to avocado toast to sinful (yet reasonably sized) fried chicken sandwich. For dinner the menu balances vegetable forward items with a number of meat and fish options that are reasonable price and portion.

We also had the chance to take in the more casual lounge space on the second floor, which was a great place to work pre-flight after checking out of our room. Our visit would not have felt complete without a poolside hang at the Cabana Club on the 6th floor and of course a sky high cocktail at the Up & Up 360 views of the neighbourhood. Stand out cocktails on the menu included the ‘Game, Set, Matcha’a frothy mix of Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon, Egg White, and Matcha, as well as the ‘Follow Suit’ made with Jamaican Rum, Lime, Aperol, Orgeat, Bitters.

We adored our weekend at The Robey for many reasons. The vibe, the rooms, the amenities, all luxe, yet understated. Chicago needed a hotel like this and we cannot wait to return for another stay in the coming months.

Click here to book your stay at The Robey now. 

Writer, DJ and coffee lover currently living in Chicago. Interests include getting random tattoos, eating ice cream and getting what I want. I also have wayyyy too many pairs of sneakers.

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Analysts Predict Features of Apple’s Next iPhone X

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According to a new report from Clotheshorse, Barclays investment bank analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis have made predictions on what Apple‘s next iPhone — successor to the X — will look like.

In the research note obtained by Clotheshorse it states, “Based on several data points within the 4Q17 reporting period and our supply chain meetings at CES, we remain confident that Apple is set to deploy its TrueDepth 3D sensor across the iPhone range in 2018.” The TrueDepth sensors are part of the phone’s Face ID, but the note suggests that the second-generation sensors could lead to a “smaller notch” on the iPhone X.

The analysts claim the range itself will be comprised of three iPhone X-based designs: a second generation iPhone X, larger iPhone X Plus and new, cheaper LCD model I dub the iPhone X SE. They also went on to predict that a rear-facing ID sensor could come to phones by 2019, writing: “Our discussions with suppliers suggests Apple and its partners are working hard on a world-facing [rear] solution.” The report states the Face ID will also be added to Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro which is coming this summer.

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One Bitcoin Will Be Awarded to the First Player to Beat This New PC Game

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Cryptocurrency — Bitcoin in particular — has taken the world by storm with people far and wide looking to explore and analyze the currency’s true power. A new PC game has been making its way around the web, which, not only targets hardcore puzzle gamers, but those interested in earing a little digital coin. The first person to complete the game will be awarded one bitcoin (approximately $10,000 USD).

MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma contains a series of 24 “mind-bending” puzzles, which have to be found and solved. Gem Rose Accent, the game’s developers, have even gone as far to say “this game must be amongst the hardest you’ve ever played.” A multiplayer function adds another dimension, as players can link up with others to find clues and solve puzzles. However, with one bitcoin awaiting only one winner, MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma does stick to an “every man for himself” philosophy, so players should be mindful of who they team up with.

The game is expected to make its debut on February 20 via Steam. In case you missed it, criminals are now using Litecoin instead of Bitcoin.

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Viacom Prepares to Launch Its Own Streaming Service

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Viacom, the broadcasting company that owns networks such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV — is now officially entering the streaming race. Since the Netflix led the charge into streaming and original content, the structure of the film and TV industry has been greatly challenged. While Viacom pulled its content from Hulu in early 2017 to focus on the “traditional” cable subscription model, it seems they can no longer deny the inevitable future of the streaming. As would-be customers are finding less incentives to purchase cable and landline packages, these broadcasting corporations must be ready to pivot with the times.

On the new direction, CEO Robert Bakish attempted to downplay the move, claiming “We do not view this as a substitute product. We view this as a complement.” Being the newest to enter the game, it will be interesting to see how Viacom approaches content streaming, and how much their strategy will differ from competitors. Stay tuned as the story develops further.

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