Hotel at a Glance: Kinzie Hotel
Kinzie Hotel is an upscale boutique 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 throughout the lobby and guest rooms.
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner
- Chicago-themed accents: Spacious guest rooms are decorated with large maps and navy carpets.
- Restaurants galore: Award-winning eateries including Smith & Wollensky, The Purple Pig, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, and Sunda are all within walking distance.
- Start the day right: Every morning, a complimentary continental breakfast is served on each guest floor.
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—the Jenga-like Contemporaine residential building on Wells Street is a good example—as well as eateries to suit every appetite and budget.
Dining options range from inventive Peruvian cuisine at Tanta Restaurant to Chicago classics such as Portillo’s. At Eataly, you could spend a full week working your way through the Italian offerings at 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).