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10 Awesome (And Exclusive) Chicago Pools That Make Heat Waves Fun

DOWNTOWN — Thursday's going to be brutally hot, but these awesome rooftop pools can still provide some fun in the sun. 

For a price. 

Chicago has plenty of swanky high-rise pools with a view that can help you beat Thursday's potential triple-digit heat

But unless you sneak in, these pools here come with a hefty price tag. Here's the cost of admission: 


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The East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., has a 60,000-square-foot rooftop deck with a lap pool, kiddie pool, bar and grill. But the gym's initiation fees are $500 ($250 for those 21 to 29 years old), plus monthly $190 dues ($140 for those 21 to 25 years old). 


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The Soho House Chicago, 113 N. Green St., also has a rooftop with skyline views PLUS a pizza oven and outdoor fireplaces. 

But the pool is open to members only, who pay $2,000 a year ($1,000 if you're 27 or younger) AFTER getting admitted by the house. 


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The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 225 N. Columbus Drive, has an outdoor pool, and there's a chance Lady Gaga swam in it.

But celebrity cachet don't come cheap: a night's stay at the Downtown hotel starts at $344. 


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The DoubleTree Chicago Mag Mile, 300 E. Ohio St., is just steps from Michigan Avenue AND has a rooftop pool. It looks like they allow GoPros AND selfie sticks. 

A stay Thursday night starts at $351.

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The Fitness Formula Clubs West Loop, 10 S. Clinton St., has an outdoor pool with a bar. Memberships start at $79.95 a month after a $470 enrollment fee. 


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Prefer to swim inside? There are plenty of nice, enclosed Downtown pools, too.

The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., offers city and lake views through 20-foot-tall windows from its 19th floor pool. You can order room service poolside, too. 

A night's stay at the luxe hotel starts at $425.


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The pool at the Intercontinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave., is likely the most historic in the city. Built in 1929 when the Art Deco tower opened as a men's club, the pool is the only remnant of the old gym left standing. 

The pool has hosted famous guests including Jazz Age Olympic champion Johnny Weissmuller, and is accompanied by a terra cotta statue of Neptune lined with Spanish tile. 

You'll have to sneak into this one Thursday, though. The hotel has no vacancies Thursday, according to its website.


Another Michigan Avenue hotel, the Essex Inn, has this awesome enclosed pool overlooking Grant Park. Rooms Thursday night at the hotel, 800 S. Michigan Ave., start at $179. 

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The new(ish) Loews Chicago has a spa and indoor lap pool. All that is next to what was billed last year as the largest rooftop terrace in the city, plus Argentine restaurant Rural Society below. Rooms start at $299.


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The Four Seasons pool is directly above the vertical mall at 900 N. Michigan Ave. And as this picture might show, it's kid-friendly. Rooms start at $405 a night.  

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Are all these options too much? There's always Lake Michigan or your neighborhood pool. You pay taxes. Treat yourself. 

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