A hidden hometown escape. A historic gem of a pool is located on Michigan Avenue in the Intercontinental Hotel...and for a $15. day rate, you can lounge poolside (and work out in the fitness center). Sometimes this is the exact escape you need - just a single day at the pool, with a pile of magazines, squishy towels and a dip every hour or so.
The grand pool was built in 1929 on the 14th floor (an engineering feat for the time) of the Medinah Men's Athletic Center (Tarzan swam here!) and is quite impressive - it is one of the only areas of the hotel to retain its original use and design - an over-the-top Roman Bath.
In addition to the luxurious pool, the fitness center has dry saunas, spacious showers and, naturally, exercise equipment.
If you are interested in escaping here, the day pass can be arranged through the Fitness Center, cash (exact change requested) or credit cards are accepted.
The Intercontinental is located at 505 N. Michigan Ave., 312.944.4100.