What’s new in the Cincy Region?
Cincy is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. There’s a convergence of new developments, projects, and convention wins taking shape that collectively makes this one of the most progressive, game-changing eras in our region’s history. Almost all of this progress will directly impact and benefit visitors to the region.
New hotels and renovations
Kinley Cincinnati Downtown
The brand new Kinley Cincinnati Downtown, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is situated between Downtown and the popular Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. [IMG]
The Lytle Park Hotel, An Autograph Collection
Lytle Park's newly transformed crown jewel blurs the lines between park and hotel, bringing beautiful outdoor elements indoors. Guests can share cocktails and soak in unparalleled views from the glass-topped rooftop bar, or take a culinary journey in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Subito.
Towneplace Suites Downtown
The newly renovated Townplace Suites recently added five stories on top of the existing three-story portion of the property. The first floor includes a lobby, breakfast area and a bar.
Graduate Hotels Cincinnati
Prepare to be inspired. At the Graduate Hotel in Cincinnati's uptown district, little moments of surprise and discovery meet you around each corner and down every corridor. Malin + Goetz amenities, complimentary wi-fi and other little luxuries enhance your stay.
AC Marriott Hotel
This 170-room AC Marriott Hotel is located in the busy and exciting Banks Entertainment district in downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy a stay in this walkable area, just steps from Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.
The Guild Downtown
Nestled in the heart of downtown on Vine Street, you'll enjoy personalized service, impeccable design and 24/7 concierge all while footsteps from major attractions like Cincinnati's Fountain Square and Contemporary Arts Center.
Comfort Suites Mainstay Hotel
The Comfort Suites Mainstay Suites extended-stay hotel is centrally located one mile from Downtown Cincinnati and Uptown's award-winning hospital network.
Delta by Marriott Sharonville
The Delta Marriott flagship is a 226-room, 13-story hotel located across from the Sharonville Convention Center. This location offers 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a full-service restaurant, a business center, a well-appointed fitness center, seasonal outdoor gathering space and a year-round swimming pool
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
From the carved stone lion head adornments on the top floor to the bank vault turned weight room in the basement, the $25 million conversion of the Ingalls Building has taken on a new life as Downtown Cincinnati's first Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Explore all the Queen City has to offer within walking distance from the front door.
Holiday Inn Downtown Cincinnati
This hotel is conveniently located near the Aronoff, Taft Theater and casino, as well as being just a few blocks from P&G World Headquarters. It features a swimming pool and full-service restaurant, Spoon & Cellar.
The Cincinnatian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
A $6 million renovation breathed new life into The Cincinnatian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. The Cincinnati landmark reopened its doors in 2018 and blends French Second Empire style with today's amenities for a unique Cincinnati experience.
New entertainment districts
Downtown's living room underwent a $2 million facelift to relocate and enhance the Fifth Third Center Stage. With programming more than 300 days a year, it’s an amazing place to sit in the summer and grab lunch from a food truck while catching a free concert or practicing your double axel on the ice skating rink in the winter.
This $51 million development across the street from Fountain Square and downtown convention hotels involves the conversion of the former Macy’s-anchored Fountain Place into a modern, mixed-use development. It will reactivate and convert the 3.5-story structure into roughly 150,000 square feet of office space, along with 35,000 square feet of street-level retail/restaurant space. The building will also serve as the home of a new LED board for Fountain Square visitors to enjoy.
Winner of the “National Planning Excellence Award,” the expansive new downtown entertainment district is situated between the Reds and Bengals stadiums along the banks of the Ohio River and just south of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This district is also home to “DORA” or a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, where you can travel between bars with your drink.
The $600 million-plus development includes retailers, restaurants, a hotel, residential units, and underground parking. Current and announced tenants include: [IMG]
Andrew J. Brady Music Center
Unique in design and capacity, the $27 million state-of-the-art facility opened its doors in 2021. Designed to fill the community’s need for a year-round, flexible music venue, The Brady Music Center features a general admission main floor and two balconies and hosts multiple configurations for indoor concerts up to 4,500 capacity and 8,000 at the outdoor space. A-Listers like the Foo Fighters, KEM, the Roots, and Jason Mraz have already performed.
Pendleton and the Casino
This small and up-and-coming neighborhood is full of colorful homes in the midst of the city, but it houses the Pendleton Art Center, lots of vibrant street art and murals, a brewery, eclectic restaurants, and a cool urban neighborhood vibe. You can play the role of photographer, art aficionado, foodie, or craft beer enthusiast all in one district. You can even roll the dice at Hard Rock Casino if you’re feeling lucky. Totally walkable and worth your time.
Hard Rock Casino
Recently rebranded as the Hard Rock Casino, this $400 million, 400,000 square foot casino is located on 20 acres on the northeast side of downtown, just blocks from the city center, most downtown hotels, and the Duke Energy Convention Center. The casino has four restaurants, including Brick'd Pizza, Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood, Noodle 8, YOUYU, and the famous Hard Rock Cafe. Make your plans now to rock out to A-List concerts in the near future.
OTR is one of Cincinnati's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. With 943 buildings, it is also home to one of the country's largest collections of 19th-century Italianate architecture. Since renovations began, about $93 million has been invested in the development and creation of the OTR Gateway Quarter, starting near 12th and Vine Streets; the development continues north along Vine Street to 15th.
Publications like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times have recognized the revitalization of this historic district, having noted its collection of architecture, chic atmosphere, and culinary excellence. In addition to long-time businesses, an infusion of new faces has come to Over-the-Rhine in recent years. Locally-owned restaurateurs, boutiques, bars, and tour companies have opened shops and transformed the area into a most visited destination. These are a few bars and restaurants sure to satisfy any appetite:
Music Hall Renovation
Renovations are now complete for one of Cincinnati’s most iconic landmark structures, the 130-year-old Music Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The building’s last major renovation was in the early 1970s. The renovation of the Music Hall is a key piece in the transformation of Over-the-Rhine and maintained the historical and acoustic integrity of the hall.
Washington Park Renovation
The project included the renovation and expansion of the public park and the addition of a 450-space underground parking garage. It transforms a pivotal civic space in Over-the-Rhine, creating a green oasis for residents and visitors in the middle of an urban neighborhood. Park visitors can now enjoy a cold drink, thanks to the recent addition of “Porch”, a covered and full-service bar.
This $250 million soccer-specific stadium is home to FC Cincinnati, our Major League Soccer team. The stadium is located in the West End neighborhood, adjacent to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and debuted for the 2021 season. It holds 26,000 spectators and has already hosted the World Cup Qualifier for the U.S. Men's National Team. The dazzling 700-foot motion lighting is featured on the stadium’s east façade and is made of 2.7 miles of LED lights. Every seat is covered by a 360-degree roof canopy, and the closest seat is just 15 feet from the sideline.
Cincinnati North developments
Sharonville Convention Center Expansion
The Convention Center completed a major renovation and expansion in 2012. In total, the Center has been transformed from eight meeting rooms with 28,000 square feet of meeting space to an all-new contemporary meeting facility with 19 rooms and 65,000 square feet of space. With occupancy levels over 70%, plans are approved to expand the Center again by 2023! The exhibit hall will double in size from 20,000 sq. ft. to about 40,000 sq. ft. and will also feature an onsite restaurant and a ticket office. www.sharonville.org/scc
Cintas Center at Xavier University
In 2021, a $10 million expansion was announced for the 10,244-seat arena. This expansion will feature a second practice gym in the building, in addition to the Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym. Read more or visit CintasCenter.com
Additional developments in Cincinnati North
Northern Kentucky Developments
Ovation Music Venue
The Ovation Music Venue in Newport, KY and just steps away from Newport on the Levee, opened in early 2021. In partnership with AEG Presents and Promowest, Ovation promises a significant range of big-name artists. The venue accommodates indoor audiences of up to 2,700 and an outdoor capacity of up to 7,000. A Home Suites Hotel and an office building are also part of the Ovation project.
Newport on the Levee Bridgeview Box Park
With the grand opening in 2021, Box Park features eight new restaurants and retailers offering great outdoor seating areas with views of Cincinnati. It also serves as a great stop along Northern Kentucky's 11.5-mile Riverfront Commons Walk and Trail that connects to its six riverfront cities.
The #1 ranked hotel in Kentucky debuted a $40 million expansion in 2022. Enjoy boutique accommodations, including an in-house coffee shop, local artisan store, and the highly-rated hotel restaurant, Coppins.
Churchill Downs recently bought NKY’s Turfway Park - with plans for a $145 million renaissance that will include a new marquee bourbon bar.
The new Pickle Factory boutique hotel in downtown Covington boasts unique accommodations that are within walking distance to all Covington has to offer.
What’s coming in 2023
Brand new North American exhibit will open at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
With new zoo babies, exhibits and interactive attractions – 2023 will be an exciting time to visit the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo!
- Meet Fritz, one of the newest members of the Cincinnati Zoo, and the younger brother of world-famous Fiona. Stop by Hippo Cove to meet the whole bloat!
- The former “Bear Hill” has been renovated and reimagined into a series of “North American” exhibits! Soon you’ll be able to watch sea otters, black bears, and an entire exhibit featuring local wildlife that you may see regularly in your own backyard.
- Feeling adventurous? Take on Kanga Klimb – a ropes course located directly above Roo Valley. Navigate over 58 different physical obstacles and challenges, all with a view you won’t forget.
Two new special exhibits coming to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This state-of-the-art museum is committed to honoring and exploring freedom’s heroes. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be opening two new temporary exhibits in 2023 that you do not want to miss.
- ‘Free as they want to be’: Artists Committed to Memory; this moving exhibit explores the historic role that photography and film have played in remembering slavery and its aftermath. Featuring more than 20 artists, this exhibit uses photography, video, silkscreen, projection and mixed media. Open through March 6, 2023.
- Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign; take a deep dive into one of the most important grassroots movements of the civil rights era. This exhibit uses photographs, objects, documentaries and maps to tell the story of one of the earliest fights for equality in the United States. Open from March 18 - June 11, 2023.
Girlhood exhibit from Smithsonian coming to Cincinnati Museum Center
The Cincinnati Museum Center is the perfect place to bring the entire family, and in 2023 visitors can check out Girlhood (It’s Complicated). This new exhibit, from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, commemorates the anniversary of suffrage by exploring the concept of “girlhood”. Open from October 2023 - January 2024.
Princess and the Frog and Moana Jr. highlighted at the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati
Who doesn’t love a night at the theater? The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati offers shows for audiences of all ages. New to 2023, catch the world premiere of the Princess and the Frog, running from February 18 - 27, 2023. Then, check out Disney's Moana JR. as you've never seen it before, running from April 15-24, 2023.
Picasso and O’Keefe Exhibits Coming to Cincinnati Art Museum
Home to more than 67,000 objects, and spanning 6,000 years of history – the Cincinnati Art Museum always has something new to explore. In 2023, museum patrons can look forward to:
- Beyond Bollywood: 2,000 Years of Dance in Art; an exploration of the representation of dance in Asian arts. Running November 11, 2022 – February 2, 2023.
- Georgie O’Keeffe, Photographer: a collection of photography from legendary artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. Running February 3 – May 7, 2023.
- Robert Lugo: Hi-Def Archives; a collection of ceramic and 2D works from the iconic American potter, social activist, spoken word poet and educator. See a blend of hip-hop, history and political subject matter. Running from March 17 – June 4, 2023.
- Picasso Landscapes: Inside Out; have you ever seen a Picasso in real life? Now is your chance. See a collection of pieces focusing on landscape subject matter. Running June 23 – October 15, 2023.
- Charlies White: A Little Higher; a skilled draftsman, printmaker and painter, Charles White was committed to creating powerful images of African Americans. View this powerful exhibit of “images of dignity” from July 14 – October 8, 2023.
Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink
Looking for something unique to do that’s outdoors and fun for the entire family? The pop-up Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink will return for the 2023 spring and summer seasons. Dates and downtown locations to be announced!