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“Feels like an upscale resort in the heart of downtown" -- Fodor's

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

River East, Chicago
  • Ranked one of the Best Hotels in Chicago in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014
  • Spacious rooftop offers a pool, hot tub, cabanas, fire pits and even a running track
  • Each generously sized room features views of Millennium Park or downtown; many also have balconies
  • The tallest female-designed building in the world with a striking "wave-like" exterior

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221 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL, 60601
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A stunning high-rise with city views from every guest room, the AAA 4-Diamond Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago rises gracefully above the intersection of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

From this prime location, guests can easily walk a few blocks north to the Magnificent Mile, or turn south to Millennium Park and the Art Institute. The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are a 10-minute taxi ride away.

After a day in the city, Travelzoo members can unwind with the hotel’s seemingly never-ending amenities: pound the pavement on the rooftop’s winding jogging path (complete with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier), dive into the indoor or outdoor pool, shoot pool in the game room, peruse a small art gallery, catch a movie in the screening room, or cozy up before a fire pit on the terrace. All guests can take advantage of free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

End your evening with a steam in the fitness center or dinner at the on-site Italian restaurant, Filini.

From the press:
  • “Hands down the most beautiful high rise to be built in Chicago in the last decade” -- Frommer’s
  • “This gem has … so many amenities and so much outdoor space that if feels like an upscale resort in the heart of downtown” -- Fodor’s
  • “This gorgeous hotel offers a warm atmosphere, roomy accommodations and great amenities in an optimal location” -- The New York Times


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.


  • Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests

  • Children 17 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Extra bed available on request in King Room only: $30 per night for one older child or adult. Cot/crib available on request, free of charge.


  • Dogs only are allowed on request and will be charged a $250 deposit with a $100 nonrefundable cleaning fee.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

The hotel is half an hour by car from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. A taxi runs approximately US$40-$45. Self parking is US$49 per day; it does not allow in and out privileges Valet parking is available 24 hours for US$63 per day with in and out privileges.


  • 221 N. Columbus Drive
  • Chicago, IL, 60601
  • United States

Customer Service

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Tel: 1-877-966-0000

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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