Enjoy a convenient downtown Chicago location near the Magnificent Mile and Grant Park

Dive into the rich culture of downtown Chicago from the striking Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, located minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium 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 offers an innovative new standard for upscale accommodation in Chicago. Its eco-friendly practices have also achieved platinum level status with TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Program.

During your stay with us, you can enjoy convenient 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 334 modern rooms offer exquisite views of the city skyline. When you’re hungry, you can join us at the on-site Filini Bar & Restaurant for delicious international cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Hosting a large event in Chicago? Our 28,000-square-foot meeting space, featuring thirteen configurable rooms, spans two floors and boasts modern décor and natural light in some spaces.

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 boasts exceptional views of Lakeshore East Park, Millennium Park, or the cityscape. Thoughtful amenities such as free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea facilities, and flat-screen TVs make your stay more convenient.

2 Queen Beds

  •  450 ft²
  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Retreat to your queen room with calming blue hues, a sleek design, and amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - City and Park View Room

2 Queen Beds with Balcony

  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Greet the morning with a cup of coffee on the balcony of your guest room, equipped with two queen beds.

King Bed

  •  400 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Sip a cup of tea or coffee while you relax in the plush bedding of your king bed or surf the internet with free Wi-Fi.
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King Bed with Balcony

  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Rest easy in a plush king bed or head out onto the balcony before experiencing the best of the Windy City.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - Premium Room - King Bed

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 - Accessibility Room

Premium Room with Balcony - 2 Queen Beds

  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
Relax on the balcony of our Premium Room while you take in views of Lakeshore East Park or Millennium Park.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago - Premium Room - King Bed

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 Room - 2 Queen Beds

  • 2 queen
  • 4 adults
For stress-free corporate travel, book a Business Class Room and enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast and evening reception in the lounge.

Business Class Room - King Bed

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

Ambassador Suite - King Bed

  •  565 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
Warm neutrals and a separate living and sleeping area characterize the Ambassador Suite.

Presidential Suite - King Bed

  •  1366 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
The Presidential Suite boasts a separate living and dining area, a half bath, and a master bedroom and bathroom.

Royal Suite - King Bed

  •  1723 ft²
  • 1 king
  • 2 adults, 1 child
The spacious Royal Suite features a living room and dining area, along with a separate master bedroom and bathroom.

Meetings & Events

Spanning two floors and over 28,000 square feet of space, our meeting venue at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is a popular choice for events for up to 1,650 guests. A total of 13 flexible rooms allows you to configure the best layout for your event. Scenic views of Downtown Chicago add a special touch to each event, and amenities such as audiovisual equipment and a dedicated staff help to ensure your gathering is an unforgettable success.

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Filini Bar and Restaurant

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Savor classic Italian cuisine in a contemporary space at Filini, or meet friends and colleagues for a cocktail at the stylish bar.

Opening hours

6:30–10:30 am | Breakfast, Monday–Friday

6:30 am–noon | Breakfast, Saturday–Sunday

11 am–2 pm | Lunch, Monday–Friday

2–11 pm | Dinner, Monday–Friday

Noon–11 pm | Dinner, Saturday–Sunday

5–10 pm | Upper Filini, Monday–Friday

Things to do in Chicago

Ideally located in downtown Chicago, our hotel provides convenient access to the 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:

Chicago Lakefront Trail

0.7 mi / 1.12 km from the hotel
Walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along this glorious 18-mile stretch around the shore of lovely Lake Michigan, and take in some of Chicago's best neighborhoods.
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Millennium Park

0.32 mi / 0.51 km from the hotel
Indulge your senses in a park full of exceptional works of art like Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Anish Kapoor's sublime Cloud Gate sculpture.

North Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile)

4.82 mi / 7.76 km from the hotel
Shop till you drop on this ultimate shopping avenue - including the cosmopolitan, historic Magnificent Mile with its chic boutiques and mega-malls.
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How to get to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois60601, United States

Whether you’re staying in the stunning rooms of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for business or pleasure, set aside time to visit the city’s iconic attractions. Ideally located in downtown Chicago, our hotel provides convenient access to the Financial District and famous North Michigan Avenue, as well as Lakeshore East Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan. We offer a great location within 18 miles of both Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Locating our hotel by GPS can be difficult due to surrounding multi-level streets. For optimal instructions, please input the address 225 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. If you are in need of 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, we offer 24-hour valet parking with in-and-out privileges for $67 per day. If you plan to self park, a garage attached to the hotel is available. The north elevators bring you to the back of the Aqua building, where you can then walk through our lobby to the front to find reception.

From Chicago Midway International Airport

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. From here, it's only 0.5 miles to the hotel.

By car:

  • Go north on Cicero Avenue to 1-55 North/Stevenson Expy (6.6 mi).
  • Use left two lanes to take the U.S. 41 N/Lake Shore Dr N exit (0.5 mi).
  • Merge onto U.S. 41 N/S Lake Shore Dr.
  • Exit onto Monroe St.
  • Turn right onto Michigan Ave.
  • Turn right onto Randolph St.
  • Stay right to go up the ramp to upper Randolph St.
  • Turn left onto Columbus Dr (this will be the first light after you come up the ramp).
  • The destination is on the right.

From O'Hare International Airport

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 just 0.5 miles from the hotel.

By car:

  • Take I-90/94.
  • Follow signs to Chicago (12.35 mi).
  • Exit at Ohio Street (Exit 50B) toward 600 N (1.17 mi).
  • Turn right on N Michigan Ave.
  • Turn left onto E South Water St (0.5 mi).
  • Keep left at the fork to continue on E South Water St.
  • At the stop sign, stay straight to travel onto the middle section of E South Water St. This is a ramp that will take you to the upper level.
  • Make a right onto upper Columbus Dr.
  • At the second median (by CVS) make a U-turn. The main entrance of the hotel will be on the right.

From Union Station

On foot:

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

By bus:

There are several bus options, including:

  • From the Union Station Transit Center, get on bus 151. Get off at the Michigan & Randolph stop, which is only 0.28 miles from the hotel.
  • Head to the Canal & Adams stop to board bus 60. Get off at the Randolph & Field Blvd stop for a quick 0.19-mile walk to the hotel.