The Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago, IL

One-Night Weekday Stay at The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago

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

From its conception 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; during 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 Richard Nixon and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Centuries after its construction, the hotel still emanates with Old-World glamour. The lobby ceiling is constructed out of mosaic tile. The Gold Room, an Italian Renaissance-style banquet room, features elaborate murals that were restored by the same artist who restored the Sistine Chapel. Head up to the standard double guest rooms, and you'll find soaring ceilings, large windows, and horse-drawn luggage carts.

The Congress has two onsite dining spots, including Rafael Steak House. This dinner-only spot serves a variety of gourmet burgers and specialties such as blue-cheese-crusted tenderloin. In the morning, you can enjoy a hearty American breakfast at the Gazebo Restaurant. And since Congress is centrally located in downtown Chicago, you're just steps away from landmarks, world-class museums, and luxury shopping.

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 second-largest business district in the country. Skyscrapers loom large, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Chicago Board of Trade. But this part of town is also home to award-winning waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the finest art collections in the world.

Half a mile from the hotel you can find the Art Institute of Chicago. There's a gargantuan collection of masterpiece works 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 a spectacular array of public art, including outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Miro, and pointillist hopscotch grids.

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, Adler Planetarium, and the Pritzker Music Pavilion, which hosts free outdoor classical-music concerts during the summer.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $112 for a one-night stay for two in a standard double room, valid Sunday­­­­–Thursday; up to two kids 15 or younger stay free

Book by: 7/27/12
Travel between: 7/1/12-8/30/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • 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

The Fine Print

  • Expires on 7/27/2012
  • Travel must be completed by 8/30/2012
  • Limit 3 per person
  • May buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • 24 hour cancellation notice or fee up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • 8/2, 8/5, 8/6, 8/10, 8/11
  • Standard Double (350 available)
  • 16.4% tax not included
  • Weekdays Only (Sunday-Thursday arrival) July-August
  • Valid cc required at booking and check-in
  • Travel starting July 1st..

Other Details

Room Details

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per additional guest 16 or older; free for guests 15 or younger
  • Spacious layout with high ceilings
  • Flat-screen TV

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 during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrads to lakefront rooms for an additional $25 plus tax per night or to a suite for an additional $150 plus tax.

What It's Worth

  • $112 for a one-night stay for two adults in a standard double room, valid Sunday–Thursday; up to two kids 15 or younger stay free (up to a $159 value)

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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