Congress Plaza Hotel

Stay at The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago's Loop, with Dates Available into August

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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, roasted duck breast with orange sauce, and other specialties. In the morning, you can enjoy a hearty American breakfast at the Gazebo Restaurant.

Highlights of Chicago’s Loop

  • What’s in a name? The Loop is named after the shape formed by the elevated train tracks that form the perimeter of Chicago’s downtown
  • Chicago’s front yard: Grant Park’s 300+ acres are modeled after the gardens at Versailles; Buckingham Fountain stands within the park’s grounds.
  • The “Bean”: Officially named Cloud Gate, this legume-shaped sculpture reflects Michigan Avenue’s skyline and provides a mirror for the perfect selfie.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection covers everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic.
  • Millennium Park hosts free public concerts during the summer at the Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry.
  • Museum Campus is nearby and includes Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum.

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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 in a standard double room.
  • Dates into August

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; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Taxes: 16.4% tax added at purchase
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

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.


  • Spacious, apartment-style guest rooms
  • Onsite restaurant, café, and bar
  • Room service
  • 24-hour exercise facility
  • Free Wifi

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 nonrefundable; 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
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 16.4% tax added at purchase.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King

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

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: noon
  • Parking: valet available for $44 per day; garage available for $39 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

  • Nearest airport: O'Hare International Airport (ORD; about 18 miles); Midway International Airport (MDW; about 12 miles)
  • Nearest transit stops: CTA Blue Line, LaSalle stop; CTA Orange Line, Harold Washington Library stop
  • Cab fare: about $45 from ORD; about $30 from MDW
  • Shuttle information: 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.

Customer Reviews

(736 ratings)

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Robert M. ·
June 11, 2014
We had a great view of Lake Michigan and Buckingham fountain from our room! The staff was very helpful when we had questions or needed anything.


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!
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