Chicago's Aqua skyscraper will be home to the first Radisson Blu hotel in the U.S. Chicago Breaking Business says that Carlson Hotels is planning a $125 million hotel for the first 18 floors of the 82-story building. A prior deal to have the tower host a Fairmont-brand hotel fell through several years ago. The building is also home to condo units. Current prices for units on the market range from $299,000 for a studio to $1,988,832 for a four-bedroom unit.
The building has won awards for its unique style that includes wave-like balconies. In 2009, Jeanne Gang, principle and founder of Studio Gang Architects earned a PETA Proggy award for using bird-deflecting elements in the residential building and hotel. The undulating exterior and etched glass help prevent birds from flying directly into windows. The building also contains 55,000 square feet of retail and office space. The hotel will open this fall and rooms will probably average more than $200 per night.