Kinzie Hotel

Biography by Design


  • Independent Boutique, Urban, Business


  • Interior Design
  • Branding

John Kinzie was an illustrious renowned explorer and original Chicago settler now deeply embedded in Chicago’s history. We partnered with the hotel owner to design an upscale boutique hotel paying homage to this intrepid individual while delivering a unique Chicago experience to take home with them.


Vintage Exploration

The Gettys Brand team defined a distinctive vintage/modern hybrid feel for the hotel’s identity. Drawing inspiration from the history and architecture of the existing building, we chose contemporary colors and determined that a theme of exploration was to be at the heart of the brand, reinforced everywhere on the property.

The Gettys Interior Design team implemented this story by embracing both vintage and modern imagery: Arrows, compasses and other expeditionary iconography were applied throughout the hotel, and Chicago’s well-known streetscape inspired grid patterns used in the carpeting. Modern touches across the hotel include a 1,500 square-foot lobby that was redesigned to double as a gallery space filled with work we commissioned from local artists, each set in its own recessed, warmly illuminated alcove.

Guest rooms feature a 19th Century Chicago map on one wall. A map of Chicago can be found on all of the keycard sleeves, and each room’s compendium is styled as a “Field Guide.” Kinzie was also an accomplished silversmith famous for crafting double silver crosses. The design team had this in mind when creating the new 689-square-foot Double Cross Lounge, a full-service bar and lounge space that uses the double-barred cross as a floor plan.

The Gettys Procurement team worked to ensure the Kinzie Hotel’s guest experience would reflect the property’s historical name, bringing it all together with furnishings, finishes and case goods that matched the new brand colors and feel.


  • 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence
  • 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence