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 was 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.