The Congress Plaza Hotel

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

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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’s Restaurant 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.

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.

About three blocks from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago, whose gargantuan collection covers everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. You don’t even have to go to the museum to see outstanding art—walk around The Loop, and you’ll see outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Joan Miró. Just north of the Art Institute, Millennium Park is known for both the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion (which hosts free public concerts during the summer), and for the sculpture Cloud Gate, known to Chicagoans as “The Bean” for its legume-like shape.

Grant Park, known affectionately as “Chicago’s front yard,” occupies more than 300 acres along the lake just east of the Loop. Modeled after the gardens at Versailles, the park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Its sheer size have made Grant Park the site of many notable events, including Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech and the Lollapalooza music festival, which takes place here every summer.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king room, standard double room, or lake-view king room
  • Up to two kids 13 or younger stay free in a standard double room
  • Dates into March

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 nonrefundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

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

Amenities

  • 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 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
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King Room

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

Standard Double Room

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 14 or older; kids 13 or younger stay free

Lake-View King Room

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

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: valet available for $44 per day; garage available for $39 per day
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $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 airports: Midway (MDW; 11 mi) and O’Hare (ORD; 20 mi)
  • Cab fare: about $35 from MDW and $55 from ORD, including a 15% tip
  • Nearest transit stops: CTA Blue Line, LaSalle stop; CTA Orange Line, Harold Washington Library stop
  • 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.

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