The Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago Loop

Stay at The Congress Plaza Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Dates into September Available.

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

When it was opened 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, and Richard Nixon. Now the hotel's chief advantage is its superb location in downtown Chicago, where it stands along Michigan Avenue. It’s just steps from Grant Park, several world-class museums, and a host of luxury retail stores.

More than a century after its construction, the hotel still exudes Old-World glamour. In standard guest rooms 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 decorated with mosaic tiles, and 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 venues. Rafael Steak House 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 famous skyscrapers, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Chicago Board of Trade. This part of town is also home to waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art museums.

Half a mile from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago. The gargantuan collection includes everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic. The Loop also features some spectacular public art, such as the outdoor sculptures by Picasso, Calder, 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—Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium among them. Just to the north, in Millennium Park, the Frank Gehry–designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion hosts free outdoor music concerts during the summer.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king, standard double, or lake-view king room
  • Up to two kids 15 or younger stay free
  • Dates into September available


Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable
  • Taxes: 16.4% tax added at purchase

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Spacious, apartment-style guest rooms
  • Onsite restaurant, café, and bar
  • Room service
  • 24-hour exercise facility
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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48hr cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 16.4% tax added at purchase.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Spacious layout with high ceilings
  • Flat-screen TV

Standard Double

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • 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 King

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: 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: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD); about 12 miles from Midway International 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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