Walk to Grant Park and the Magnificent Mile from our downtown Chicago hotel

Dive into the rich culture of downtown Chicago from the striking Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, located minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Navy Pier. Designed by famed architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, our hotel places guests in the heart of the city with easy access to Financial District businesses. As the first Radisson Blu in the United States, the Aqua Hotel is the standard for upscale accommodation 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 free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor terrace, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Our tranquil lifestyle garden provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, and our modern rooms offer exquisite views of the city skyline. When you’re hungry, join us at the on-site FireLake Grill House for delicious Midwestern cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Hosting a large event in Chicago? Our 28,000-square-foot meeting space, featuring more than a dozen configurable rooms, spans two floors and boasts modern décor and delightful catering options.

Awards and recognitions

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

Hospitality Excellence Award

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Safehotels Premium Level Badge

Safehotels Premium Certification

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Wake to sweeping park or lake views from our chic rooms and suites

Sleek and modern, each of the 334 rooms and suites at our hotel features exceptional views of Lakeshore East Park, Millennium Park, or the cityscape. Amenities such as free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea facilities, and flat-screen TVs make your stay more comfortable and convenient.

2 Queen Beds

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

King Bed

  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Sip a cup of tea or Lavazza coffee while you relax on plush bedding and surf the internet with free Wi-Fi.

2 Queen Beds with Balcony

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 - Premium QQ Balcony

Premium Room with Balcony-2 Queen Beds

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
For stress-free corporate travel, book a Business Class room and enjoy a free breakfast and reception each day in the lounge.

Business Class-King Bed

  • 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 the 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 are a popular choice for events for up to 1,650 guests. Scenic views of downtown Chicago add a special touch to each event, and amenities such as audiovisual equipment and a dedicated staff help ensure that your gathering is an unforgettable success.


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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - Restaurant
From a hearty breakfast buffet to a fine-dining dinner experience, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar serves a variety of Midwestern dishes all day to satisfy every taste.

Thanks to a prime location in downtown, our hotel gives you quick access to Chicago’s Financial District and famous North Michigan Avenue as well as Lakeshore East Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan. Start a day of sightseeing at Navy Pier, and then tour the Art Institute of Chicago before heading downtown to soak up the 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 in to 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 surrounding multi-level 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 $51 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.