The hotel at the corner of Kinzie and State Street which was
once the 10 west hotel, and recently known as the Amafli Hotel, will undergo
another name change as new ownership takes possession.
Developer, Peter Dumon plans on changing
the name to The Kinzie Hotel. Dumon, and his company, the Harp Group
acquired the hotel in December of 2012 for $58 million.
Naming the hotel after early settler John Kinzie, a fur
trader and silversmith back in the early 1800’s. His reputation precedes him as he was known
as a murderer and traitor. He fled
Chicago in 1812 after murdering a Ft. Dearborn interpreter, and when he
returned, he went back to a British Territory and charged with treason and
supporting the US.
“When we started looking at ideas, we
really wanted to be rooted in Chicago, and particularly in the River North neighborhood. John Kinzie was really a character, and one
of the original settlers of Chicago,” said Peter Dumon.
In addition to fun facts that drive the
name change of this hotel, it will be getting a $4.5 million face lift for the
rooms, lobby and lounge. Currently, the
hotel does not have its own restaurant, only a continental breakfast, although
Keefer’s is in the same building. They are also adding apps to assist guests
with the surrounding night life and other features of the city.
Plans for a new hotel lounge called “Double
Cross Lounge,” are in the works and Dumon wants to bring guest bartenders from
all over the city and also references Kinzie’s silver piece designs which had a
double barred cross.
Renovations are scheduled to be completed
by early 2014.