Congress Venues

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower, and Other Venues

The Congress will be held at several venues across Chicago, with the core conference taking place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in downtown Chicago. Located in the Lakeshore East neighborhood on Columbus Drive, Aqua Tower offers spectacular views of the city, a variety of convenient amenities, and upscale accommodations.

Completed in 2009, Aqua Tower’s design draws influence from its impressive neighbor, Lake Michigan. The wave-like shape of each unique balcony provides guests with a view of the skyline, Millennium Park, or the Chicago Lakefront. Aqua boasts extensive meeting spaces with an elegant ballroom, as well as a spa and recreational facilities, a rooftop swimming pool, and a modern lifestyle garden. Minutes from the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park, Aqua Tower is just a short walk from the best entertainment the Windy City has to offer.

The capacity of the conference facility within the Aqua Tower is around 1200 delegates—enough to accommodate the typical annual CTBUH conference. However, with the 2019 event being a World Congress, and containing the Council’s 50th anniversary, attendance is expected at 2000 people or more. The Congress will thus take place across a number of special venues in the immediate vicinity of Aqua Tower, including Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower, and the new Chicago Architecture Center.


Chicago Hotels

The majority of the conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower, and CTBUH has negotiated very favorable, competitive rates at this hotel. Additional hotel rooms have also been negotiated at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, adjacent to the Radisson Blu in location. As a non-profit organization, CTBUH must guarantee a minimum number of rooms at the hotels, so delegates are urged to help reduce this risk to the Council by please staying at the conference hotels.

To book your hotel for the conference, click here for Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and here for Hyatt Regency Chicago, booking websites where you can see available room and date options.


Chicago Congress Aqua Tower Venue Plan

The CTBUH 2019 Congress Venue will be laid out as below, showing the positions of the ballrooms, regional rooms and catering areas (see the sponsorship section for more info).