Hotel InterContinental Chicago - Magnificent Mile

Chicago, IL, UNITED STATES

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Hotel InterContinental Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Address
505 North Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL 60611
UNITED STATES
Telephone
(312) 944-4100 for the hotel; 321-8796 for the health club.

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
$27.50. (Includes access to the pool and fitness center.) [October, 2019]
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Hotel Guests
Registered guests: Free. [October, 2019]

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y, 4 lanes, indoors, 83°F (28°C)

Location

County/Region
Cook County
GPS
41.891292, -87.623739

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

The pool, as built, is striped for five lanes, but the lane ropes have been fitted over the three inside stripes, so there are only four lanes. The outside lanes are a bit wider to accommodate the ladders, and still have serviceable targets. This probably makes it easier to split lanes/swim circles as the original five lanes would have been tight, especially the lanes with the ladders. It is still a spectacular pool from an historical perspective and, for a hotel pool, hard to beat.
Information about the health club and pool is difficult to find on the hotel's website - they've hidden all the links away, somewhere, but a Google search brought up a page about the club with some good information HERE. Of special interest to swimmers is the photograph of the pool on THIS PAGE.

Facility Reviews

Great pool.
A terrific, old-fashioned pool. I recommend this hotel for swimmers.
What a facility! I was almost too distracted looking at the 1920's decor and architecture!
Opens 6 AM, busy until 7:30, then deserted.
The staff is helpful, towels and locker keys are included; the showers and changing rooms are very nice; the pool is magnificent.
The entrance fee includes all health club facilities; pay at the health club entrance, follow directions to the historic tower, and use the elevator to the health club.
Best to avoid use on the weekends when the hotel is crushed with families and swimming becomes an exercise in avoiding flotation devices and small, errant children. But early on weekdays it's quite nice (save for the very warm temps.)
If you're in Chicago, you simply must swim at this historic pool built in 1929. Beautiful!
[August, 2013]
It's a bucket list pool - a cross between a Roman baths, San Simeon, and the big pool at Yale.
[June, 2014]
Beautiful. The pool is lined in small square tiles. Intricate detail everywhere. It's like swimming in the Great Gatsby's indoor pool. The greater pool deck feels like a 1920's American ballroom. Lane lines need tightening. An earlier review described it as a bucket list pool, I couldn't agree more.
[July, 2016]
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! This is an amazing pool! Pricey, if you're not staying at the hotel but, as a splurge, most definitely worth it. It's a most spectacular way to start a day when traveling. I swam here every day for a week at 8.30 AM - on only one occasion were there any other people there; the other times I had the pool to myself.
[March, 2017]
This is a beautiful, meticulously-maintained, historic pool. The air quality is excellent for an indoor facility. There are no backstroke flags but it's easy to figure out other reference points to use. It's open long hours and I encountered only a couple of other folks in the water in the early morning hours; in the afternoon and evening it was deserted. The water temperature is a little high, but it's hard to complain when so much else is great. The nice locker room even has a suit spinner. To be able to roll downstairs and get your workout in before a business meeting makes it a great find.

I will stay here again.
[October, 2019]