The Windy City's New Landmark Hotel is a Dazzling 87-Story Tower
Tower is a brash newcomer to the skyline of America's greatest city for architecture.
See the silvery-blue tower just to the right of the white monolith? That's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, in the dynamic new Lakeshore East area. Though newly developed, this neighborhood faces both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, and is as central as it gets in the Windy City.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Exterior
This building has so much visual energy, it appears to dance.
This lively, 87-floor tower is a stunning addition to a city hailed for great American architecture. Its undulating curves mirror the waves and whitecaps of Lake Michigan.
The tower is mixed use: part hotel, part residential apartments. Common spaces abound, like the roof deck, patios, and pools. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago's building is almost a city in itself.
What's more, this tower is the world's tallest building designed by a woman, Windy City architect Jeanne Gang.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Entrance
Sapphire neon illuminates the entrance of Radisson Blu Aqua hotel.
This is one hotel that every Windy City cabbie knows. The name is Blu, and so is the entrance. The azure lighting drives home the branding of the hotel. Blu is the luxury offshoot of Radisson Hotels, once known for reliable, staid, moderate hotels. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is reliable and moderate, but nothing resembling staid.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Check-in
You've arrived at Chicago's new design landmark. Time to check in.
Check-in at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is fast and friendly.
And there won't be any unpleasant surprises about your room. As the front desk will tell you, every room and suite in the hotel has free wifi and a sensational view of Chicago and/or Lake Michigan. Accommodations differ mainly in size and in bed configuration.
Members of Club Carlson, the Radisson guest loyalty program, get certain perks. It's free to join.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Gallery
Beyond a doubt, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is a design hotel.
This hotel opened as the very first Radisson Blu hotel in North America. And Radisson's parent company, Carlson Rezidor, wanted it to make a powerful statement. The tower setting of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is spectacular, and the hotel's high-design message is omnipresent.
This airy space in the hotel's lobby features ever-changing artworks and a long bench upon which to contemplate them, just like in a museum. This area is suitably called "The Gallery."
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Lounge
This hotel is catnip to young travelers who look for social scene right in their hotel.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is a hotel with a built-in lounge scene. Guests like to park themselves in the lobby, sipping bespoke cocktails while tapping on their iPods or iPads. The best way to enjoy the buzzy surroundings: with company.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Restaurant
Filini Restaurant serves modern Italian dishes in a great-looking space.
Filini Restaurant is the place to eat at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beyond. The fare is from Lombardy in northern Italy, updated for sophisticated, food-loving guests.
Filini's dining room incorporates classic Chicago building elements such as hand-fitted porcelain ceiling tiles. But take a closer look: these tiles are intentionally askew in a cool, contemporary way.
Filini's outdoor patio serves up a delicious Chicago view.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Bar
Chicago excels at everything artisanal, including cocktails.
Filini Lounge at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is an ideal perch for, um, soaking up Chicago's innovative cocktail culture. Settle in, kick back, and order up.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Hallway
Take a walk down the hall. And take your time.
Chicago, "The City of Big Shoulders," takes pride in its big buildings and soaring high-rises. The glimmering tower that houses Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is one of the Windy City's most notable new skyscrapers. And the hotel's window-patterned hallways light-heartedly remind guests that their roost is at the very heart of this storied metropolis.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Accommodations
Living room of an Aqua Suite.
An Aqua Suite is an upgraded level of accommodations at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, in-between standard rooms and over-the-top suites. The Aqua Suite has plenty of living and lounging space, tech toys, decorative touches, and views.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Bedroom
What it's like to to bed down in Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
Here's a closeup of the bedroom of the Aqua Suite at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
Were you expecting a generic hotel bed? Not here. Handmade decorative details surrounding this bed recall Chicago's proud industrial past and ongoing artistic tradition.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Gym
Guests work out free at the hotel's gym and enjoy its impressive array of fitness options.
Workout animals of all kinds love this Chicago hotel.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago has impressive, complimentary gym facilities that are rarely found together in one hotel:
- The latest cardio machines
- Nautilus weight-training equipment
- Pilates apparatus
- Yoga room
- Outdoor running track a fifth of a mile long
- Basketball half-court
- Sauna and steam room
- Indoor, heated lap pool, a full 25 meters (82 feet)
- Outdoor, heated lap pool, also 25 meters
Radisson Blu Aqua Indoor Lap Pool
Have goggles, will travel? This is your Chicago hotel.
The indoor pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago offers two lanes of 25 meters (82 feet). The pool is heated for all-weather aquatic bliss.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Outdoor Pool
Get wet amidst the splendor of the Chicago skyline.
Attention fitness swimmers! The outdoor pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is a full 25 meters (82 feet). It's heated. And the Windy City setting is unbeatable.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Deck
One of this hotel's unusual guest amenities is its massive, inviting deck.
The sprawling and lively outdoor deck at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is shared with the tower's upscale condo residents. This relaxation station tempts guests with myriad opportunities for lounging and meeting, including:
- Various seating areas
- 25-meter lap pool
- Children's pool
- Barbecue grills
- Stylish, warming fire pit
- A serene "lifestyle garden"
- And then…those Chicago views
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Firepit
Post-sunset, hotel guests bask in the glow and mystery of the firepit flame.
Outdoor firepits are a trend at hotels where the temp can dip at night. This glowing example is a favorite place for guests to hang at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Set on the hotel's friendly deck, it's just the right spot to catch your breath in the Windy City.