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An Iconic Chicago Hotel

With the Oldest Pool in Chicago.

The junior Olympic-sized pool at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile on our 14th floor is both a landmark and an engineering marvel. The first pool to be built at its height, it presented a challenge for engineers in 1929, when the hotel was still the Medinah Athletic Club. To hold such a large quantity of water at its height, engineers developed a system similar to the support system used by railroad bridges. The junior Olympic-sized pool is one of the biggest hotel pools in the country, and our pool is also the oldest in the city (and perhaps the most beautiful).

The area around our Chicago hotel pool showcases classic architecture from the '20s. The architecture has been carefully preserved to look the same way it did in 1929, with only necessary fire-safety features and energy-efficient lighting added. A terra cotta fountain of Neptune, carved with painstaking effort, is the first thing you see when you rise from the stairs to enter the pool. Spanish, hand-painted tiles line the walls, along with marble pillars. Light flows in from elegant stained-glass windows. Ornate terra cotta decorates the ceiling. After your swim, dry off in the viewing gallery, where you can watch other swimmers or admire the architecture.

Swimming in our junior Olympic-sized pool lets you travel back through time, to the extravagant style of Gatsby-era America.