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Congress Plaza Hotel

Chicago All Airports, IL, US (CHI)

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Based on 2538 reviews
At the Congress Plaza Hotel, guests can explore the best downtown Chicago has to offer just by stepping outside their front doors.
Style: Chicago landmark hotel across from Grant Park on Michigan Ave
Room & Rates

Lakeview King

A Lakeview King Room at the Congress Plaza Hotel offers fabulous views along with the following amenities:
  • One King Size Bed
  • Premium Cable Television
  • Complimentary Coffee Maker
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Run of House Room - Congress Plaza Hotel - 1

Run of House Room

A Standard room that includes either a Full or Queen sized bed. Based on availability at check in. Room also comes with complimentary in-room coffee/tea maker, high speed internet access, movies on demand, radio, room service, flat screen satellite television, a/c, refrigerator upon request(+), hair dryer, iron, and ironing board. Various views are available.
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Standard Double - Congress Plaza Hotel - 2

Standard Double

A Standard Double Room at the Congress Plaza Hotel offers the following amenities:
  • Two Double Beds
  • Premium Cable Television
  • Complimentary Coffee Maker
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Standard King - Congress Plaza Hotel - 3

Standard King

A Standard King Room at the Congress Plaza Hotel offers the following amenities:
  • One King Size Bed
  • Premium Cable Television
  • Complimentary Coffee Maker
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Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL US 60605


The Congress Plaza Hotel is situated adjacent to Grant Park and is located along Michigan Avenue. It is in the heart of Chicago and easy shuttle service to and from airport

Why Stay Here

  • Large Rooms with Elegant Old World
  • Architectural Interests
  • Artworks by Louis Grell
  • Great Location

Resort Details

This historic hotel was originally built to accommodate visitors to the World`s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Accommodation Details

This historic hotel was originally built to accommodate visitors to the World`s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Guests will realize immediately upon entering their room that this is no ordinary chain hotel. The Congress Plaza Hotel boasts high ceilings, expanded bathrooms, spacious room configurations and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

At The Congress Plaza Hotel guests can relax in The Congress Lounge after a long day of meetings or perhaps a long day of shopping. For dinner, guests can choose from the Rafael Steak House, which offers a modern take on the classic Midwestern steakhouse in a relaxed, cozy setting to the Gazebo Restaurant which offers traditional American cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Meetings & Conventions

Meeting facilities

Pools & Spas

Indoor pool

Entertainment & Activities


  • Gift shop
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness room


Museums, parks and shopping

  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • 24 Hour Security
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • 24-Hour Maintenance
  • 25 inch TV or larger
  • AAA Approved
  • ATM Machine
  • Adjoining Rooms
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Art Gallery Within One Mile (nearby) (+)
  • Audio/Visual Equipment (+)
  • Ballroom (+)
  • Barber Shop
  • Beach Access (nearby)
  • Beauty Shop/Salon (+)
  • Bicycle / Scooter Rental (nearby) (+)
  • Biking / Hiking Trail (nearby)
  • Breakfast Room
  • Business Center (+)
  • Business Services
  • Cable
  • Cafe (+)
  • Car Rental Desk
  • Casino Shuttle (nearby)
  • Clock Radio
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Shop
  • Coin Operated Laundry
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Data Port
  • Desk/Work Area
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Express Check-Out
  • Fine Dining
  • Fitness Facility
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Free Morning Paper
  • Full Breakfast (+)
  • Full Cable
  • Gift Shop on Property
  • Golf (nearby) (+)
  • Great for Kids
  • Great for Nightlife
  • Hair Dryer
  • Handicap Accessible Elevator
  • Handicap Rooms
  • Handicap Services
  • High Speed Internet (+)
  • Honeymoon Amenities
  • Housekeeping
  • Ice Machine
  • In room Safe
  • Interior Corridors
  • Ironing Board
  • Jogging Area (nearby)
  • King Bed
  • Lake Access (nearby)
  • Lake View (+)
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Luggage Storage
  • Multi Line Phone
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Museums Nearby (nearby) (+)
  • News Stand (+)
  • Non-Motorized Water Sports
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • On Shuttle Route (nearby)
  • On-Site Check In
  • On-Site Events
  • Parking (Fee) (+)
  • Pay Per View
  • Phone with Voicemail
  • Photocopy Machines
  • Postal Services
  • Public Internet Access (+)
  • Radio
  • Restaurant
  • Retail Stores (nearby) (+)
  • Room Service (+)
  • Safe Deposit at Front Desk
  • Secured Parking
  • Security Guard
  • Shoe Shine (+)
  • Shopping (nearby) (+)
  • Smoking Rooms Available
  • Sundry Shop (+)
  • Telephone
  • Town Car Services (nearby) (+)
  • Train Access (nearby)
  • VIP Rooms
  • Valet Parking
  • Vending Machines
  • Video Check-Out
  • Video Game Console
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Walk to Nightlife
  • Waterfront
  • Wedding Services
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access Elevator
  • Widescreen TV
  • Wired Internet (+)
  • Wireless Internet (+)
  • Wireless Internet (+)
  • Wireless Internet Access (+)
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 2538 reviews
from Anaheim, California
Submitted on 02-02-2017
We stayed 4 days mid January and I was so happy with my decision to stay there. Yes, the building is old, built in 1893 but we saw the age in places where it didn't really matter. Our rooms (we switched for a better view) were well furnished with relatively new furniture in a modern minimalist-esque theme. Our first room was average sized but our second room was huge as it was a corner room. Inside the room, things were great. The heat worked, shower had good pressure, the bed was comfortable ... Read more
from Istanbul, Turkey
Submitted on 01-31-2017
There were pros and cons of this hotel. First of all its location was great, just in the middle of downtown, close to many tourist attractions. The rooms were really big and large. On the other side, it was very old furnished. But biggest problem was facing with a cockroach at the bathroom which was bigger 3 inches.
from Franklin, Tennessee
Submitted on 01-25-2017
This hotel didn't convince me that ghosts exist but so many creepy things occurred. We stayed in a very nice 3 bedroom suite but that didn't change the fact this hotel was just too much for me. Every time we walked in the toilet was flushing. On top of that there were weird knocking noises throughout the night and to top it all off my friend's glass shattered from falling 2 feet off the ground on a carpet floor in the middle of the night even though he was on the other side of the bed and didn't... Read more
from Dallas, Texas
Submitted on 01-25-2017
Historic hotel in a great location. Awesome potential. Dismal current day. This property still retains its Victorian origins but is in dire need of some foundation updates. Seems the property has it priorities wrong - touted an expensive remodel but they spent the money on carpet (mostly laid wrong) but did not address the basic needs of plumbing, guest room air, etc. Restaurant needs updating, and the rooms need better selection of furniture, TV, plumbing and most of all air system. What a horr... Read more
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from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Submitted on 01-22-2017
Stayed here for a running event at Grant Park. This hotel is very close to the Metra station. It's is convenient to be across from the park. Wake up, put my running clothes on, and at the start line in a few minutes.
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from Saint James, France
Submitted on 01-22-2017
Good size room with great view of lakeside park and lake shore. Pathetic water pressure at wash basin but good shower. They must have prepared for winter since the room was overheated and windows did not open. Staff were professional and helped when asked. Once a classy hotel but now a bit below top rating.
Submitted on 01-18-2017
The location is the best in the city! Especially if you want to explore the city on foot and enjoy all the touristic attractions! Good value for money overall! The hotel has an interesting architecture and a rich history, it's clean and the staff is helpful, but it needs to be refurbished!
from New York
Submitted on 01-16-2017
The lobby of this hotel is sumptuous but don't expect this elegance any where else. It was conveniently located which is why we stayed there but I'd rather put up with a little more inconvenience. Breakfast was disappointing and pricey. We actually ended up going around the corner to a Dunkin' Donuts for a bagel breakfast sandwich. We stayed in a two-bedroom suite on the tenth floor but we usually had to walk downstairs since the elevator by our room didn't work. The elevator around the other si... Read more
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from Manchester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 01-14-2017
No getting away from the fact that this is an old building in Chicago, the hotel is definitely dated but as long as you are fine with that then it's a good place to stay. Room a real clean, lobby area etc is clean and rates are good for Chicago. Location is good, south of miracle mile but easily walkable to main downtown area. Just don't go expecting a brand new hotel with brand new facilities etc and you won't be upset, it's clean, ideally located and rooms are fine.
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from Sao Paulo, SP
Submitted on 01-13-2017
Located across from the gates for the marathon. Across from the lake and 3 blocks from the subway. The restaurant is not reccomended. Poor service. The rooms are confortable and spacious. The decoration is bautiful as it was a luxury hotel in the past.
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