The boutique Kinzie Hotel, formerly the Amfali, opened its refurbished doors in February and is an ode to Chicago’s history. The hotel, named after John Kinzie who was among the first permanent European settlers in Chicago, encourages guests to boldly explore Chicago just as Kinzie did nearly two centuries ago by providing them with all of the information needed to experience the city.
The design and artwork is chic and Chicago-focused, including the stunning piece in the lobby by Chicago artist Jeremy Tubbs illustrating the El fashioned entirely out of duct tape. It’s that Chicago vibe that makes the Kinzie unique among a bevy of hotels downtown, while the service and amenities will keep families coming back for more.
After check in, relax in the newly styled rooms (notice the navigational map representing Chicago in the early 1800s blended throughout the wall covering above the bed), then head to the nightly reception at 5 p.m. in the Double Cross Lounge where parents can sip Chicago-inspired cocktails and nibble hors d’ouevres while children drink a mocktail and munch on cheese, veggies and dip.
The generous breakfast buffet on each floor makes it easy for a family to get some delicious nourishment before heading out to explore. The Kinzie provides complimentary bikes and maps for exploring—and a Go Pro can be rented to record the city adventures.
Can’t part with the pup? No problem, pets are welcome and can even be spoiled with the Pamper Your Pooch package that includes a doggie bed and doggie bowl to use during your stay, a welcome gift bag including a treat, toy and pet shampoo and a complimentary copy of FIDO Friendly magazine along with Kinzie’s “Pet Lover’s Guide to the City.”
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
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