First U.S. Radisson Blu Opens in Chicago this Fall

by  Stephanie Johnnidis | Jul 7, 2011
Radisson Blu Chicago
Radisson Blu Chicago / Photo courtesy of the property

Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, the first Radisson Blu in the U.S., is taking reservations starting today for opening nights beginning this October 31. The exterior of the 81-story architectural stunner (the hotel takes up the first 18 floors) features a trippy, wave-like design, envisioned by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang architects, and climbs above the city, affording views of Lake Michigan and most of Chicago. (Fun fact: It’s also the tallest building in the country designed by a female architect.) 334 rooms come in two different styles: “naturally cool” and “bold mansion house” (don’t really understand the “mansion house” reference yet). All we can gather from the website is that the latter comes with a flashier, bold color aesthetic. The hotel will also have an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and fitness center, contemporary Italian restaurant Filini, outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi for all.

For general trip-planning info, see our Chicago Travel Guide.

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