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FOR: Your friends the architecture buffs
WHERE: Radisson Blu Aqua (221 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-5258, radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago) From $149.
THE GIST: Minneapolis-based Radisson chose wisely last November when it picked Aqua, the Jeanne Gang–designed marvel overlooking Millennium Park, for the North American debut of its upscale brand Blu. Rather than gawk at the curvaceous landmark from the sidewalk, architecture aficionados can canvass the skyline from a balcony—no two are the same—off one of Blu’s 334 rooms. The mantra for the interiors is tranquility: sleek metal design elements, warm lighting, and wood floors. Likewise, the 80,000-square-foot outdoor green deck on the third floor is outfitted with a sizable pool, walking trail, and Zen garden.
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Good value Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Courtesy of hotel