Image: Aqua tower
Lawrence Okrent  /  AP
Radisson Blu has made its North American debut in downtown Chicago, occupying the first 18 floors of the 81-story Aqua tower.
updated 11/8/2011 1:46:32 PM ET 2011-11-08T18:46:32

Radisson Blu has made its North American debut in a downtown Chicago high-rise near Lake Michigan.

The hotel fills the first 18 floors of the 81-story Aqua tower, offering views of Chicago from varied-length balconies that create a distinct, undulating facade. The building was designed by architect Jeanne Gang, who was one of the recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

The company announced the $125 million Chicago hotel in May 2010. It is part of parent company Carlson Hotels Worldwide's $1.5 billion strategy to revitalize the chain in America. The Chicago hotel has 334 guest rooms and suites and an Italian restaurant. It will seek certification from the U.S. Green Building council.

The upscale brand already has hotels in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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