Walk to the Magnificent Mile from our iconic downtown Chicago hotel

Dive into the rich culture of downtown Chicago from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, located minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Navy Pier. Designed by famed architect Jeanne Gang, our striking hotel places guests in the heart of the city with easy access to Financial District businesses and must-see attractions like “The Bean.” As the first Radisson Blu in the United States, the Aqua Hotel is the standard for upscale accommodations in Chicago. Our eco-friendly practices have also earned platinum-level status with TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Program.

During your stay, you can enjoy amenities such as our indoor and outdoor pools and our state-of-the-art fitness center with a full-size basketball court, an outdoor running track, and a steam and sauna room. Our tranquil lifestyle garden provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, and the on-site FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar offers delicious Midwestern cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Hosting a large wedding or gala in Chicago? Our 28,000-square-foot meeting facilities and delicious catering options are sure to make your event shine.

Awards and recognitions

These acknowledgements recognize our hotel’s commitment to providing an exceptional guest experience.
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Hospitality Excellence Award

Our Hospitality Excellence Award is presented to top performing hotels that deliver a superior level of hospitality to guests.

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Safehotels Premium Certification

Safehotels is the world's leading hotel safety and security certification.

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Travelers’ Choice Award

Tripadvisor bestows Travelers’ Choice Awards on hotels that consistently receive outstanding reviews from travelers around the globe.

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AAA Four Diamond

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Take in stunning views from our tranquil rooms and suites

Sleek and modern, each of our 334 rooms and suites features exceptional views of Lakeshore East Park, Millennium Park, or the Chicago cityscape. Whether your travels consist of business or leisure, you’ll appreciate amenities such as free Wi-Fi, Lavazza coffee and premium teas, and pet-friendly options. For an upgraded stay, consider a room with a balcony or a suite with a separate living room.

2 Queen Beds

  •  400 ft²
  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Retreat to your standard room with calming blue hues, a sleek design, and amenities like free Wi-Fi.

King Bed

  •  350 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Sip a cup of tea or Lavazza coffee while you relax on plush bedding and check your email with free Wi-Fi.

2 Queen Beds with Balcony

  •  400 ft²
  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Greet the morning with a cup of coffee and beautiful views on the balcony of your standard room.

King Bed with Balcony

  •  350 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Enjoy free Wi-Fi and fantastic views of downtown from the balcony of this standard room.

Premium Room-King Bed

  •  350 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Enjoy a minimalist design and stunning park views when you wake up in a premium room each morning.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - Business Class-2 Queen Beds

Premium Room with Balcony-2 Queen Beds

  •  400 ft²
  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Relax on the balcony of a premium room while you take in views of Lakeshore East Park or Millennium Park.

Premium Corner Room with Balcony-King Bed

  •  350 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Book this room and enjoy beautiful views of Lakeshore East Park or Millennium Park from a wraparound balcony.

Business Class-2 Queen Beds

  •  400 ft²
  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
For stress-free corporate travel, book a Business Class room and enjoy access to our exclusive lounge.

Business Class-King Bed

  •  350 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Located on the upper floors of the hotel, these rooms offer a free daily breakfast in the Business Class lounge.

Ambassador Suite-King Bed

  •  565 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Find warm neutrals, a deep bathtub, and separate living and sleeping areas in our elegant Ambassador Suite.

Presidential Suite-King Bed

  •  1,366 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
The Presidential Suite features separate living and dining areas, a half bath, and a spacious master bedroom.

Royal Suite-King Bed

  •  1,723 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
The expansive Royal Suite offers park and city views from the balcony along with separate living and dining areas.
Spanning two floors and more than 28,000 square feet, the 13 flexible meeting rooms at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago are a popular choice for major events. Scenic views of downtown Chicago add a special touch to each gathering, and amenities such as audiovisual equipment and planning assistance from our dedicated team make your event one to remember. If you’re saying “I do” in the Windy City, be sure to ask about our comprehensive wedding packages.


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Restaurant and bar

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - Restaurant
From the hearty breakfast buffet to fine dining, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar is sure to please your palate with a variety of farm-to-table dishes. We even offer a decadent weekend brunch to keep you fueled for your sightseeing adventures. If you need to put the finishing touches on a presentation or prefer to take your meals in bed, order from our room service menu.

Thanks to our prime location in the heart of downtown, the Radisson Blu gives you quick access to Chicago’s Financial District, the famous North Michigan Avenue, and Lake Michigan. Start a day of sightseeing at Navy Pier, and then tour the Art Institute of Chicago before heading downtown to experience the city’s exhilarating nightlife. Check out these attractions during your stay:

Shedd Aquarium

1.33 mi / 2.15 km from the hotel
Explore the waters of the world and see more than 25,000 amazing animals, including beluga whales, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, dolphins, and seahorses.

The Field Museum

1.4 mi / 2.26 km from the hotel
With an international reputation for excellence, this natural history museum is a Chicago treasure, featuring exhibits that range from dinosaur skeletons to ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Art Institute of Chicago

0.49 mi / 0.79 km from the hotel
Join the more than 1.5 million visitors who annually stream into these halls to see ancient sculptures, medieval weaponry, and rooftop gardens filled with modern art. You can also admire classic works by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Renoir.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

0.7 mi / 1.12 km from the hotel
Walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along this beautiful 18-mile stretch around the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and take in some of Chicago’s best neighborhoods.
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Grant Park

0.26 mi / 0.42 km from the hotel
Known as “Chicago’s Front Yard,” Grant Park is home to the famed Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, Millennium Park, and Buckingham Fountain. The park also hosts Lollapalooza, one of the largest music festivals in the nation, each summer.

Millennium Park

0.32 mi / 0.51 km from the hotel
Indulge your senses in a park full of exceptional works of art, including Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Anish Kapoor’s sublime Cloud Gate sculpture that’s also known as “The Bean.”
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221 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601, United States

Whether you’re in Chicago for a meeting in the Financial District or a sightseeing excursion along Lake Michigan, our hotel offers an ideal location in the heart of downtown. Flying into the area? We’re within 18 miles of both O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW).

Locating our hotel by GPS can be difficult due to the surrounding multilevel streets. For optimal instructions, please use the address 225 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. If you need assistance, please call our front desk at +1 (312) 565-5258 and we’ll be happy to help guide you.

If you’re staying overnight and plan to self-park, a garage attached to the hotel is available for USD 54 per day with no in-and-out privileges. The north elevators bring you to the back of the Aqua building, where you can then walk through our lobby to find the reception area.

From Midway International Airport (MDW)

By airport shuttle:

Book an Airport Express ride from Midway to the hotel doors.

By train:

Take the Orange Line to the State/Lake station, which is only 0.5 miles from the hotel.

By car:

  • Go north on Cicero Avenue to I-55 N/Stevenson Expressway, and continue for 6.6 miles.
  • Use the left two lanes to take the US 41 N/Lake Shore Drive N exit, and continue for 0.5 miles.
  • Merge onto US 41 N/S Lake Shore Drive.
  • Exit onto Monroe Street.
  • Turn right onto Michigan Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Randolph Street.
  • Stay right to go up the ramp to upper Randolph Street.
  • Turn left onto Columbus Drive (this will be the first light after you come up the ramp).
  • The hotel is on the right.

From O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

By airport shuttle:

Book an Airport Express ride from O’Hare to the hotel doors.

By train:

Take the Blue Line to the Washington station, which is only 0.5 miles from the hotel.

By car:

  • Take I-90/94.
  • Follow the signs to Chicago for 12.4 miles.
  • Exit at Ohio Street (Exit 50B) toward 600 N, and continue for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn right on N Michigan Avenue.
  • Turn left onto E South Water Street, and continue for 0.5 miles.
  • Keep left at the fork to continue on E South Water Street.
  • At the stop sign, stay straight to travel onto the middle section of E South Water Street. This is a ramp that will take you to the upper level.
  • Turn right onto upper Columbus Drive.
  • At the second median (by CVS) make a U-turn. The main entrance of the hotel is on the right.

From Union Station

On foot:

Walking to the hotel from Union Station will take about half an hour. While it’s a 1.5-mile walk, you’ll get to see major attractions along the way.

By bus:

There are several bus options:

  • From the Union Station Transit Center, get on bus 151. Get off at the Michigan & Randolph stop, which is only 0.3 miles from the hotel.
  • Head to the Canal & Adams stop to board bus 60. Get off at the Randolph & Field Boulevard stop for a quick 0.2-mile walk to the hotel.