When explorer John Kinzie settled in the area that would become Chicago, we bet he never imagined he’d have a hotel named after him 200 years later. Opening just in time for a Valentine’s Day getaway, the Kinzie Hotel is the prime place to start your own Chicago exploration—whether you’re a local rediscovering the city or an out-of-towner taking it all in for the first time.
Ron Swidler, principal of The Gettys Group, which led the hotel’s design, says he was inspired directly by Kinzie. “An adventurer, craftsman, merchant, hero, and controversial character of our great city’s colorful history—Kinzie truly shaped the hotel's identity. The spirit of adventure and discovery can be found throughout the design.”
For example, Swidler calls out one of his favorite design elements: the guestroom headboards, which feature grayscale maps of early Chicago. “These smaller details, which can be found throughout the property, help to create an intimate sense of place,” he says. For all its historical references, though, the Kinzie is also opulent and modern, with large windows that entice guests to explore the city, functional spaces, and luxe amenities such as the fitness center and a trio of business meeting spaces named for people or places important to John Kinzie.
The Kinzie honors Chicago in other ways, too: the hotel’s lobby and common areas feature interpretations of the city created by local artists, and the sleek color palette was inspired by the area’s famous architecture and Lake Michigan. 20 W. Kinzie St., 877-262-5341