Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago



Home to the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture — popularly known as "the Bean" — Millennium Park is a must-see destination in Chicago, one you may even be able to see from your hotel room at the Radisson Blu Aqua. Located within Grant Park, this famous destination is framed by glistening skyscrapers and serves as both a natural escape and a tribute to the city's artistic culture. Many of its defining features, from the intricate trellis over the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Spritzer Pavilion to the Lurie Garden's landscaping, are artworks in themselves.

The park is also a magnificent example of uniting natural elements with modern technology. The Crown Fountain's two huge fountains, for example, provide a refreshing spot for visitors to cool off during warmer months as well as free entertainment through the integration of videos and LED lighting. The whole family can enjoy splashing beneath a stream of water issuing from a humorous digital face.

The hotel's location near Millennium Park ensures you're never more than a brief walk from this urban greenspace. Pack your best walking shoes so you can explore the entire park and its neighbors, such as the Maggie Daley Park across the winding BP Pedestrian Bridge.

Tune into seasonal events
While metal artwork and postmodern architecture provide year-round intrigue, Millennium Park also hosts a variety of concerts, performances, exhibits and events within its lush landscape. During the winter season, you can spin around the ice at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink. In the summer, cool off at the numerous fountains and people watch from the shade of Wrigley Square's Doric columns.

Be sure to stop by the Northwest Exelon Pavilion's welcome center for information about the park's calendar of events, which often includes free concerts at Jay Spritzer Pavilion. The Harris Theater offers various live performances, covering everything from dance and jazz to comedy. For a taste of the visual arts, spend a beautiful day touring the outdoor art exhibits at Boeing Galleries and the Chase Promenade.