Radisson Blu Chicago Hotel Photos

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Aerial View

    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, a modern skyscraper.
    ••• Bird's-Eye View of the New Windy City Landmark Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago (just right of center) and its neighborhood. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Exterior

    Wavy exterior of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, designed by Jeanne Gang.
    ••• Tower Seems to Shimmy Like a Belly Dancer When is a high-rise building sexy? When it's designed in sinuous waves like Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Entrance

    Entrance of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago luxury hotel.
    ••• Feeling "Blu"? Then You Came to the Right Hotel The appearance of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is somehow not a surprise. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Check-in

    Checkin desk at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel.
    ••• Check in to the Windy City's Modern Design Hotel Reception desk in the lobby of Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Gallery

    Paintings and art in Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• This True Design Hotel Has an Art Space "The Gallery" inside Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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."

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Lounge

    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago's lobby has a built-in lounge scene.
    ••• This Is a Hangout Hotel. Pull Up a Lounge Chair. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago's lobby lounge is a ready-made scene. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Restaurant

    Filini Italian restaurant in Chicago, at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• Filini for Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine in a Feel-Good Dining Room Filini Restaurant at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago rocks morning, noon, and night. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Bar

    Have a handmade cocktail at Filini bar and lounge at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• Expect Hand-crafted Drinks and Cool Vibe at Filini Bar Filini Bar Lounge at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Hallway

    ••• Even the Corridors Deliver an Artistic Message. A walk down a Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel corridor is a walk through Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Accommodations

    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago guest room.
    ••• The Suite Life at Radisson Blu Aqua Living room of an Aqua Suite at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Bedroom

    Guest bedroom at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• For Your Chicago Shuteye, a Stylish Hotel Bed Hit the hay at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Gym

    Great Chicago hotel gym at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• Fitness is a Pleasure to Pursue at the Windy City's New Landmark Hotel Fitness room at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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
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    Radisson Blu Aqua Indoor Lap Pool

    For lap swimmers, 25-meter (82-foot) indoor and outdoor pools at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• A Swimmer's Delight Year-Round Lap swimmers lap up the 82-foot indoor pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Outdoor Pool

    The lap pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is 25 meters (82 feet) long.
    ••• Bring your Goggles and Let Your Mind Boggle The outdoor pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is 82 feet long. © Radisson Blu.

    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.

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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Deck

    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago guests love its huge outdoor deck, pool, garden, and views.
    ••• 80,000 Square Feet of Outdoor Social & Recreation Space Guests are thrilled by the 80,000-square-foot recreation and social deck at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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
    • Cabanas
    • Barbecue grills
    • Stylish, warming fire pit
    • A serene "lifestyle garden"
    • And then…those Chicago views
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    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Firepit

    The glowing firepit at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.
    ••• Beacon of Warmth and Sociability is a Hotel Hotspot The inviting firepit on the deck of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. © Radisson Blu.

    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.