The Congress Plaza Hotel - Downtown Chicago

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19th-Century Hotel on Michigan Avenue Features Elegant Guest Rooms with High Ceilings

When it was opened in in 1893, The Congress Plaza Hotel was intended to be the elite spot for travelers who passed through Chicago. The hotel first welcomed guests during the World's Columbian Exposition. Over the next 50 years, it was furnished with glamorous ballrooms and stylish supper clubs. The building soon became known as the "Home of the Presidents" for hosting Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and other presidents. Now the hotel's advantage is its superb location in downtown Chicago, located along Michigan Avenue and just steps away from Grant Park, world-class museums, and luxury shopping.

Centuries after its construction, the hotel still emanates Old-World glamour. Head up to the standard double guest rooms and you'll find soaring ceilings and large windows. Lake-view rooms are similar in size and style, but feature fantastic views of Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, and Lake Michigan. Be sure to explore the rest of the hotel—the lobby ceiling is constructed out of mosaic tiles, whereas the Renaissance-style Gold Room features elaborate murals restored by Lido Lippi, who also helped restore the Sistine Chapel.

The Congress has two onsite dining spots, including Rafael Steak House. This dinner-only spot serves gourmet burgers, tenderloin crusted with blue cheese, and other specialties. In the morning, you can enjoy a hearty American breakfast at the Gazebo Restaurant.

Chicago's Loop: Historic Commercial Center with World-Class Museums and Parks

The Congress Plaza Hotel is situated on the eastern edge of The Loop, Chicago's historic commercial center and the country’s second-largest business district. Here you’ll see several skyscrapers, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Chicago Board of Trade. But this part of town is also home to waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art collections.

Half a mile from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago. There's a gargantuan collection here, everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic. The Loop itself is also lined with spectacular public art, including outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Miro.

Grant Park, known affectionately as "Chicago's front yard," occupies more than 300 acres along the lake directly across from the hotel. Modeled after the gardens at Versailles, the park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Just north, in Millennium Park, the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Music Pavilion hosts free outdoor classical-music concerts during the summer.

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Amenities

  • Michigan Avenue location across from Grant Park
  • Iconic 19th-century building
  • Spacious apartment-style guest rooms
  • Onsite restaurant, café, and bar
  • Room service
  • 24-hour exercise facility
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  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
  • Once booked, dates may not be changed
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • 16.4% tax added at purchase.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Room Details

Standard Room

  • Two double beds or one king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 16 or older; no charge for guests 15 or younger
  • Spacious layout with high ceilings
  • Flat-screen TV

Lake-View Room

  • Two double beds or one king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 16 or older; no charge for guests 15 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: valet available for $39 per day; garage available for $35 per day
  • Rollaways: available for $20 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD); about 12 miles from Midway Airport (MDW)
  • By transit: CTA Blue Line, LaSalle stop; CTA Orange Line, Harold Washington Library stop
  • By cab: about $45 from ORD; about $30 from MDW
  • By shuttle: available through Airport Express; book prior to your trip

Traveler's Tips

  • If you’re a light sleeper, request a room overlooking the quiet inner courtyard.
  • The hotel charges $9.95 plus tax for 24 hours of high-speed Internet service.

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