It is no doubt that the Aqua Tower, home to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, is an architectural marvel. What you may be surprised to learn is that the interior of the building is just as mindfully created. From black and white murals in the corridors painted by a local artist, to structural lobby walls modeled after the Chicago skyline, each design is truly inspired and unique. Echoing the trait of iconic design running deep through Radisson Blu's DNA, an added bonus presents itself in the hotel’s very own art gallery burgeoning with a one-of-a-kind art collection- the perfect opportunity to submerse in local culture.
A self-guided art tour
As if an in-hotel art gallery wasn’t enough, it is now complemented by a newly launched, self-guided art, architecture and design tour packaged into the “Art of Blu” app, featured in The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler.
A little bit of art in between meetings
The insightful 30 minute tour is a great activity to complete during your stay, or even in between meeting sessions. Learn about the eye-grabbing architecture of the Aqua Tower through audio commentary by its award winning architect; Jeanne Gang. Take a journey back to the 1950’s with the historic Vivian Maier photography collection with Richard Cahan, author of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. Top the tour off with the inspirations of the hotel lobby design that pays homage to the rich history of Chicago, directly from the interior designer himself, Jim Hamilton. The beautiful art gallery which resides between the hotel lobby and meeting spaces offers several artists a space to showcase their works. Each artist’s projects are unique and have a story to tell.
Now that you're inspired to explore art through the interiors of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, why not discover the artistic inspiration behind its exteriors? Photographer Angie McMonigal has made this her subject matter in these stunning photos of the hotel and other top photo spots around Chicago.