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We've Got the Skinny on the Not-Yet-Opened Radisson Blu Chicago

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  Site Where: 221 N. Columbus Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
June 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Ian Schrager's soon-to-open Public Hotel has been dominating the hotel news in Chicago, but we wanted to follow up on another highly anticipated Chi-Town debut, the Radisson Blu. Blu's U.S. premiere is a pretty big deal for the only-in-Europe brand.

Now formally called the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, the hotel is still scheduled for a late 2011 opening. Don't be fooled by the booking function on the Radisson Blu website; the hotel isn't yet available for reservations.

But here's what we do know: The 334-room hotel will have two lodging choices, Naturally Cool and Mansion House. Naturally Cool rooms are more simple and sleek with natural timbers and soft tones that have an elegant yet modern vibe. Mansion House rooms are modern, bold and avant-garde, with solid lines, deep rich timber finishes, chrome and turquoise. Apparently, all rooms will have views of Lake Michigan, downtown or Millennium Park.

The hotel will have an Italian restaurant called Filini, an 8,000-square-foot gym with a basketball court and indoor pool, and a landscaped 70,000-square-foot "lifestyle garden" with a running track, 25-meter lap pool, wading pool, hot tub, sundeck, fire pits, cabanas and a yoga area. In addition, the hotel will be pet-friendly and, best of all, have free wifi. We'll keep you posted on the opening.

[Photo: Wikipedia]

Archived Comments:

No reservations really being taken

I know, I was foolish enough to fall for it.


Isn't that the Aqua Condo & Residences tower? Is this supposed to be a conversion or a mixed-use?