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The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center - Chicago, IL

Historic Hotel in Chicago’s Loop

What You Get

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  • 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

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.

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

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
  • ADA accessible rooms available upon request
  • 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 $46 per day; valet available for an additional $52 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


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

Fine Print

  • 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+ to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.

About The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

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

Customer Reviews

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Ericktop reviewer helpful reviewer
10 ratings7 reviews
3 days ago
Totally staying here again! Great price, great location. Staff was excellent!! Breakfast was warm and delicious. Bar on sight with pool table and games. Room style (see pictures) is not typical of "modern" hotels but I loved it! I got the lake view King bed and the view did not disappoint!
8 ratings4 reviews
July 14, 2021
The view and location were great. The deco of the room was to dated for me. All you need is a bus pass to access everything on Michigan Ave.
3 ratings1 reviews
July 8, 2021
I'm not sure why it says one king bed, we had two double beds, which was handy, because it was myself, husband and two kids.
2 ratings2 reviews
July 7, 2021
I loved how intimate the room was. Room service was fast and the location was great.
5 ratings3 reviews
July 5, 2021
It was 2 Queen bed, good size room, all the needed ammenities.
1 ratings1 reviews
July 4, 2021
Very nice and clean will be back
Melissatop reviewer helpful reviewer
51 ratings19 reviews1 photos
July 1, 2021
A beautiful hotel with a wonderful history. Our view of the lake…
9 ratings3 reviews
June 29, 2021
Great service even better view!! Easy 5 stars!
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