Everyone needs a little pool time, but sometimes that’s hard if you don’t have the personal hookup. Here are 5 hotel pools that are easy (and not-so-easy) to sneak into this summer.
The Robey’s Cabana Club
2018 W North Ave
Located on the rooftop of the The Robey hotel in Wicker Park, The Robey definitely serves some 1920s looks with its glamorous interior triangular facade, but the real gem is what lies at the tip top: its Cabana Club. The outdoor lounge and bar are open to the public, so it’s the perfect place to get your tan on without having to interact with sand. And while the pool is *technically* just for guests, it might be easy to sneak into if you sunbathe there enough.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive
This hotel is much harder to sneak into than The Robey due to the fact that you have to use a room key just to get into the elevators (and with the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel having both and indoor and outdoor pool located near the top of the building, those elevators are a must). However, this is the perfect hotel to lounge at, especially if you want options (I repeat, indoor and outdoor pools), plus all it takes is a little bit of timing to get on an elevator. So if you find yourself near Millennium Park with a hankering for an adventure, this one would be for you!
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago
11 E Walton St
If you want a pool for just a spot to swim in, the Waldorf has a pretty extensive lap pool you can hit up. Its location is especially great for a dip after a long day of shopping on the Mag Mile. But considering it’s ranked the 4th best hotel in Chicago by US News & World Report (and on its list of best hotel pools in the Windy City), and one of the pages on its said used the word “guest,” you’re most likely going to need a keycard to get into the pool at some point. So much like the Radisson Blu, get ready to be sly.
JW Marriot Chicago
151 West Adams Street
This pool also doesn’t have an outside component and is only good to swim in, but this is such a nice pool, there’s no complaining warranted. Again, located in the loop, the JW Marriot pool is indoor with complimentary towels and a whirlpool. While there’s not much info on what floor it’s on, expect a keycard require at least once.
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago
505 North Michigan Avenue
One of the biggest and best pools in Chicago (and also one of the most historic, the Intercontinental Hotel pool is a must-see. And as Thrillest reports, it’s one of the easiest pools to “sneak” into! Just go to floor FC and sign a waiver to get in. It opened in the early 1900s, which makes it more unique due to its intricate pillars and old-timey railings; definitely put it on your Chicago bucket list.