The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center - Chicago, IL

Historic Hotel in Chicago’s Loop


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Hotel at a Glance: The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

When it was opened in 1893, The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center 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. Now the hotel’s chief advantage is its superb location in downtown Chicago, where it stands along Michigan Avenue. It’s just minutes from Grant Park, several world-class museums, and a host of luxury retail stores.

  • Onsite dining: Rafael’s Restaurant serves gourmet burgers, pan-roasted rainbow trout, and other specialties. In the morning, you can enjoy a hearty American breakfast at the Gazebo Restaurant.
  • Past presidential guests: Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon
  • Work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness room.
  • Get some culture across the street at the Auditorium Theatre, which offers musical performances, plays, and ballet.

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

Named after the shape formed by the elevated train tracks that form its perimeter, The Loop is Chicago’s downtown and the country’s second-largest business district. Skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the art-deco Chicago Board of Trade Building loom large here. They overlook waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art collections.

The Art Institute of Chicago’s gargantuan collection covers everything from marble busts to Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Just north of the Art Institute, Millennium Park is known for both the Frank Gehry–designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and for the sculpture Cloud Gate, known to Chicagoans as “The Bean” for its legume-like shape. Nearby Grant Park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. The city’s public transportation system is among the country’s best. Check out our guide to Chicago public transportation for helpful tips on navigating the city like a local

What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king room, standard two-double room, lake-view king room, or lakefront king suite
  • Up to two kids 14 or younger stay free in a standard two-double room
  • Dates into May

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 non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Two restaurants and a lounge on site
  • Room service
  • 24-hour exercise facility
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift shop
  • Barbershop
  • Concierge services

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • 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
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King Room, Lake-View King Room, and Lakefront King Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Standard Two-Double Room

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 15 or older; kids 14 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: self-parking available for an additional $44 per day; valet available for an additional $49 per day.
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Midway (MDW; 12 mi) and O’Hare (ORD; 19 mi)
  • Cab fare: about $45 from MDW and $60 from ORD, including a 15% tip
  • Nearest transit stops: CTA Blue Line, LaSalle stop; CTA Orange Line, Harold Washington Library stop
  • Shuttle service: 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.

Customer Reviews

(762 ratings)

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1 rating   7 reviews  
· May 26, 2018
Really enjoyed our stay at the Congress Plaza. The rooms were certainly dated, but very clean and the staff was friendly and accommodating. No Supernatural experiences, but we must admit that the 12th floor of the North Tower is very creepy.


3 ratings   3 reviews  
· May 15, 2018
It is a very old hotel, so the walls were really thin. You could hear the people next to your room, was ruff to sleep! The room was very clean and they allowed us to have a later check out for free, which was nice!


Brian B. ·
4 ratings   2 reviews  
· May 12, 2018
The view of the fountain in front of the hotel from the window.
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