Aqua: Before and After COVID

We’ve all seen, read about, or stumbled across the restrictions placed on Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s another illustration of how things have changed. A before-and-after look at the pool deck at the Aqua tower.

The Aqua pool deck, before and after COVID-19 restrictions (Base photos courtesy of YoChicago!)
The Aqua pool deck, before and after COVID-19 restrictions (Base photos courtesy of YoChicago!)

As a former Aqua resident, I often thought the pool deck was unnecessarily festooned with deck chairs, even accounting for the fact that residents share the amenity with guests of the Radisson Blu Aqua. As you can see in this animation, the virus has taken care of that problem.

In the before picture, we count 148 deck chairs, not including what’s in the cabanas. In the after picture, we count just 49. Much more civilized. And as a bonus, everybody gets their own cocktail table.

Just a note to the post-COVID management of Aqua: Cramming 148 deck chairs around a pool is precisely the opposite of the “luxury” label in which you wrap your property.

Location: 225 North Columbus Drive, The Loop

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