Windy City Lux- A Gem in the Clouds

Apartment - Entire home/apt · N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Your host, Sim
24 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: a few days or more

The Space

Major find in heart of Chicago. Voted best skyscraper in the world with all the amenities to leave your breathless.

Have a 1 bedroom place all to yourself in Aqua; an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago. Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, the building is the tallest in the world to have a woman as lead architect, at 859 ft (262 m). It includes one level of parking below ground (*at a fee). The building's eight-story, 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) base is topped by a 82,550 sq ft (7,669 m2) terrace with gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, a walking/running track and a fire pit. Each floor covers approximately 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2).

The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biannual International Highrise Award.

Fully Furnished Brand New 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Suite in the most upscale and trendiest building in downtown Chicago, the Aqua. The first 18 floors is the new Radisson Blu with full access to the lux amenities. Inside Unit: Fully Equipped Kitchen (Including new Francis Francis Illy Espresso Maker with unlimited Capsules), a great variety of rare Chinese Teas and Tea maker, Cuisinart Blender/Soupmaker, 60' TV with Full HD Channels and Roku (Hulu, Angry Birds, etc.), High Speed WIFI Internet, Island w Bar stools, Sofa, 1 Queen bed, Extra Sleeping options with ample linens and pillows. There is a fold out couch as well as two high end inflatable mattresses (1 queen and 1 full) with build in pumps. The apartment has comfortably slept 6 with these additional options.

Enjoy an amazing new building with Great Amenities: 2 full-floors of condo/hotel amenities (35,000 sq ft), Swimming Pools (Lap), Running Track, Whirlpools, Spa, Steam & Sauna Rooms, Fitness Gym Center, Basketball Court, Party Suites, Business Center, Sky Garden, Game Room, Media Room. Enjoy Chicago's largest outdoor Recreation Deck (80,000 sq ft), roof top gardens, fire pits, grills, park areas, etc.

Located in Heart of Downtown Chicago, Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave), Theatre District, Financial District Museums, Navy Pier, Millennium and Grant Park, Music Festivals, etc.

ZipCar and IGO Car Sharing available in the building!

*ADA compliant apartment for those with disabilities or in wheelchair, etc.

Parking info (in the building):

12 Hour Validations
Aqua Parking Garage At Aqua
Permit Is Valid For 12 Hours Of Parking.
$20.00 Includes All Applicable Fees & Taxes

24 Hour Validations
Aqua Parking Garage At Aqua
Permit Is Valid For 24 Hours Of Parking.
$24.50 Includes All Applicable Fees & Taxes

Parking Validations can be purchased online after a reservation is confirmed.

Guest Access


Interaction with Guests

As much as needed.

The Neighborhood

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Getting around

Everywhere and with taxis always waiting outside.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $2000 /week
Monthly Price: $5000 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $90
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • My family and I were so pleased to have found Sim's place for our Chicago visit. It was a refreshing alternative to staying in a hotel. We enjoyed having use of a very nice kitchen to prepare simple meals. (Mariano's market has a wonderful assortment of produce, heat-and-eat and ready-to-eat items.) Our kids had a wonderful time in the outdoor pool. The Aqua is simply a breathtaking building. You will not go wrong if you stay at Sim's home.

    July 2013
  • Sim was a great host. Very thoughtful in sharing information before we arrived and all the keys and required equipment were easily accessible. This particular apartment is in a great location with all the right amenities. Everything was clean. Only advice to fellow travelers would be around how many guests can comfortably stay here. Personally, I think two to three is the ideal size given the square footage and the furniture available. You can definitely squeeze in more (we had four) but it would have been an ideal experience with a smaller group size. Overall though, highly recommend as a place to stay to enjoy Chicago!

    July 2013
  • Sim Apartment is great. We are a family of four from Germany and stayed there for 5 days. There is enough space available a full kitchen and Sim is a great guy. He gives us a very warm welcome so we feel home just from the start. The building itself with all the things you can do there is great.
    But definitely breath taking for us German guys living most of the time near to the ground, the view from the 47th floor is something we will never forget. Definitely a place we can recommend.

    July 2013
  • Sim is very responsive to my enquirers and on top of things. I had a very pleasant stay at his fantastic apartment. Living in Aqua is a completely different experience than living in a hotel. I strongly recommend Sim's apartment! Excellent experience!

    June 2013
  • My wife & I stayed in Sim's apartment in the Aqua for 6 nights at the start of June. We didn't get to meet Sim during our stay unfortunately as he was out of town, however we had no problems getting into the apartment as the security staff in the building had all our details on file and were able to let us in. Sim was in constant contact via e-mail for any queries we had and responded very promptly. The apartment itself was very clean with all facilities as described (we loved the giant TV and Netflix!), and the view from the 47th floor was amazing. The Aqua building is in a perfect location as well - 5 mins walk one way to millennium park (and "the bean"), and 5 minutes walk the other way to the Michigan Avenue bridge (where the river tours all go from). I can also highly recommend the on-site supermarket "Mariano's", as it had an excellent range of fresh food (and great pizzas cooked to order!). We had a brilliant time in Chicago - there was so much to see and do that we will have to go back! I would have no problem in recommending Sim as a host or his apartment as a perfect place to stay.

    June 2013
  • Sims's apartment is in an awesome location. The building is truly iconic and is so close to all the action. From the 47th floor, the views were breathtaking. Millennium Park is just a few minutes walk away, where we enjoyed renting bikes and seeing the wonderful sculpture "The Bean". Sim was so responsive to every question we had and always replied promptly. Would definitely stay here again. The swimming pools and gym on the 3rd floor were also fabulous. Many thanks, Sim.

    June 2013
  • Nice apartment, nice building, excellent location, gracious host. 'Would definitely return.

    May 2013
  • Sim was a great host, very attentive and accommodating. The apartment has fantastic views of the city and the lake and is perfectly located. We stayed for a week and would recommend this over staying at a hotel; the apartment is best suited for two guests, unless you don't mind a couple days in the foldout couch. All the building's amenities are awesome too and the bar on the Radisson's lobby is also really good.

    May 2013
  • We stayed with our 2 kids in Sim's apartment. The view was just fantastic from his 47th floor place - lake and millenium park...we didn't get to meet Sim but he was readily available by email. He left a printout of the instructions to use the TV and the building amenities which was very useful. He even left us a bottle of wine! the place was clean and convenient. The area is great - you are close to the park, the art institute, michigan avenue and a stop of the hop on and hop off bus tour (which i recommend to all those who want to discover Chicago). We will definitely stay there again next tim we are in town!

    May 2013
  • If you are comfortable to stay at level 47 (this is an experience!), then you will enjoy this appartment and hopefully Sim will post soon the real pictures of his nice flat.
    Sim's appartment is comfortable for 2 visitors, but if you need 2 separate large beds, then an inflatable bed is available and surprisingly very comfortable. But the small living room will have to be converted as a bed room, not easy.
    Generally the appartment is rather basic with empty walls and very limited furniture which gives you enought space to circulate easily.
    We had to face a cleaning issue but that was an accident and Sim was very sorry and very responsive and tried to help as he could.
    Otherwise the building is amaizing externally but the architect was not very creative internally. The Hotel is rather nice and the food there is very good for a reasonnable price. As a all the location is rather central but chicago is so quiet during the week!

    April 2013
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