Hotel at a Glance: Kinzie Hotel
Formerly known as the Amalfi Hotel, Kinzie Hotel is a brand-new luxury boutique property in Chicago's bustling River North neighborhood. While boasting a fresh, contemporary design, the hotel pays homage to its namesake, explorer John Kinzie, with 19th-century maps, compasses, and local artwork peppered throughout the lobby and guest rooms.
- Magnificent Mile: World-class shopping on Michigan Avenue is just blocks away.
- Double Cross Lounge: This intimate guests-only spot on the sixth floor hosts a nightly manager's reception where you can enjoy a free cocktail and hors d'oeuvres.
- Restaurants galore: Award-winning eateries, including Smith & Wollensky, The Purple Pig, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, and Sunda, are all within walking distance.
- Nautical accents: Spacious guest rooms are decorated with large maps and navy carpets.
- Start the day right: Every morning, a deluxe complimentary continental breakfast is served on every floor, meaning you can enjoy croissants and fresh fruit without straying far from your room.
Chicago's River North: World-Class Art Galleries, Restaurants, and Nightlife near Downtown
Bordering the Loop on the northern side of the Chicago River, the River North neighborhood is where the skyscrapers of downtown give way to the award-winning restaurants and trendy nightspots of the North Side. Once an industrial area, River North is today home to architectural gems—look no further than The Contemporaine residential building on Wells Street—as well as eateries to suit every appetite and budget. Your options range from inventive Peruvian cuisine at Tanta Restaurant to Chicago classics such as Portillo's. You could spend days working your way through the offerings at Eataly, an Italian mecca with 23 separate restaurants and food stalls.
In addition to its formidable culinary presence, River North boasts the country's largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. Born around the same time that Jim Nutt and other Chicago Imagists rose to prominence, the River North Gallery District runs along Chicago, Superior and Huron Streets, occupying century-old, red brick warehouses that have been converted into lofts and exhibition spaces.
Amid River North's restaurants, condos, nightclubs, and galleries, you'll also find the leaders of Chicago's rapidly growing tech sector. Among the companies that have offices here: Google, a gaggle of digital startups at the 1871 co-working space, and, yes, Groupon (we're in the old Montgomery Ward building, where the mail-order catalog was born).