In a city known for visually stunning hotels and unique architecture, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel stands out in several ways. First, it is the third tallest building in the world with a woman, the incredible Jeanne Gang, as the lead architect, and the ninth tallest building overall in the U.S. Second, the hotel’s irregularly shaped balconies create a “rippling effect” that rise above downtown Chicago’s other more contemporary skyscrapers. And inside, you’ll find a swanky yet quiet lobby that features plenty of seating for both working and relaxing.
But these aren’t the only aspects that make this hotel unique and special. The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is also one of the best places to stay if you want to fit in a great workout and easily eat well – without resorting to heavy restaurant meals or fast food. Here, we’ve uncovered ten ways frequent travelers can stay strong while staying at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. Scroll through the guide below and don’t forget - for a limited time you can receive a map for these locations and plenty of others through the Stay Strong Guide: A Snapshot of Downtown Chicago.
Workout in the Fitness Center. Radisson Blu Aqua guests have the huge advantage of an on-site fitness center that is comparable in both size and amenities to a full commercial gym. It offers plenty of cardio machines, free weights, kettlebells, weight stations, a basketball court – the list goes on!
Run on the outdoor track. If you want a unique running or walking experience, the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel is one of the few that offers a running/walking track. Located on the lovely third floor terrace, the 1/5-mile track offers a peaceful green spot and a nice view of the city.
Explore more with #BluRoutes. Want to take your workout further afield while exploring the city? Radisson Blu Aqua has its own curated running/walking/cycling routes ranging from 1.1 to 3 miles in length. You can find them along with turn-by-turn directions on the hotel’s website.
Eat at Filini. Radisson Blu Aqua’s in-house restaurant offers a breakfast buffet where guests can find a solid breakfast of eggs, fruit, and oatmeal. For lunch or dinner, take advantage of lighter options like the delicious Farmer’s Market Salad and the Plank Salmon.
Stop by CVS or Mariano’s. Request to have your mini bar emptied out to make room for snacks or maybe even some fresh meals. You can grab protein drinks, Greek yogurt, and more from the CVS’s next door, or walk just two minutes to Mariano’s for a wider range of organic groceries.
Get breakfast to-go at Wildberry’s Pancakes & Cafe. Wildberry’s may look like your typical diner joint, but it offers some surprisingly delicious health-conscious breakfast fare like Gluten-Free Avocado Roast, the Sizzlin Skillet w/ Cauliflower hash or Gluten-Free Pancakes and Belgian waffles. If you’re in a hurry, order online for pick-up or delivery via Doordash.
Go “beyond the barre” at Barre Code. Less than a ten minute walk from the hotel, The Barre Code studio on Michigan Avenue not only offers barre classes but also kickboxing, bootcamps and more. Classes start as early as 6:30 AM and run as late as 6:45 PM. Purchase a drop-in class for $22 on their website or reserve a session on ClassPass.
Climb or stretch your way to the top at First Ascent Block 37. First Ascent Climbing and Fitness offers a climbing wall, yoga, and fitness equipment for the cost of $19 per day. Enjoy a challenging workout and a beautiful view of State Street. Climbing gear is also available for rental should you need it.
Grab dinner at Nando’s Peri Peri. Aiming for less carbs or more keto-friendly meals? Nando’s Peri Peri offers a delicious range of options, and calories are listed right on their menu. (You can also check out their online nutrition calculator.) Entrees like the Feta Avocado Chickpea Salad, The Halloumi and Chicken Salad (pictured), or ½ Peri Peri Chicken with a side of seasonal roasted vegetables. This location tends to get a little packed during peak hours, so order via Doordash if you want to skip the crowd.
Get your fish fix at Brown Bag Seafood. Take yourself or your colleagues to Brown Bag Seafood Company, a casual yet sophisticated place to enjoy healthy and sustainable fish, fast. Lean towards creating your own a la carte meal, such as grilled salmon on a bed of sautéed brussels, broccoli, green beans, kale, and fresh spinach. Veggie and chicken options are also available.
Searching for more ways to stay strong in Chicago? Reach out to learn more about the healthy eating and workout options you could have right at your fingertips!