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Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
1,117 reviews
A great place to stay

Even though it was a very busy time for them, they were all extremely nice to us and gave a great... See full review

  • Schatz814
  • Oct 19, 2014
Unbeatable location, good service

I stayed over the weekend at Congress Plaza Hotel. It was a good experience. It was among one of... See full review

  • Qile
  • Sep 22, 2014
With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the "Home of Presidents" due to its popularity with both Roosevelt's, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, it's been operating since 1893. Valet dry-cleaning and barber services of yesteryear sit side-by-side with modern amenities like audiovisual tech for business meetings and a 24-hour fitness center. On-site eating options are globally diverse (Rafael's Steakhouse) and come straight from the griddle in the morning (Gazebo Restaurant). In the evenings, settle into a leather back armchair with a bourbon, or take your shots at the dartboard in the Congress Lounge, where both business users and vacationers gather for some much-needed R&R.
Key facts
  • 871 guestrooms
  • 36 suites
  • 23 meeting/event rooms
  • 2 restaurants: Rafael's Steakhouse, Gazebo Restaurant
  • Congress Lounge & Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Barber shop
  • 24-hour gym
  • Valet dry cleaning/shoeshine
  • Smoking rooms available on request
Neighborhood
Across the street from Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain, Congress Plaza rests on the main thoroughfare and shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue, aka, the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is walking distance from world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the fascinating Field Museum. Found on the banks of Lake Michigan, the Field Museum is the home of "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, as well as a life-size Maori meeting house.
Hints and tips
The Congress is frequently nicknamed 'the most haunted hotel in Chicago,' and budding paranormal detectives should request a room in the oldest part of the building, the South Tower, for the 'highest chance' of ghostly activity.

Be on the lookout for characters like notorious murder victim Peg Leg Johnny, or test your courage near the 12th floor room which was allegedly closed down due to paranormal activity.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

41.8751 -87.6243
Area served
Chicago, IL
Nearby airports
Midway and O'Hare International Airports
Area description
Adjacent to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. Near Millenium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, Symphony Center, and the Sears Tower.

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Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park Rooms

Lakefront King
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Lakefront Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Double
Guest room with two double beds and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
City View King Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Accommodate a maximum of 2 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Room - 1 Double Bed
Guest room with one double bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard King
Guest room with one king-sized bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
Free internet in room

Nearby points of interest

  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.2 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.3 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.3 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.3 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • State Street: 0.5 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.5 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.6 mi
  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.2 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.3 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.3 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.3 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • State Street: 0.5 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.5 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.6 mi
  • Yacht Club: 0.6 mi
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 0.6 mi
  • Macys: 0.6 mi
  • Harris Theater: 0.6 mi
  • Oriental Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • City Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Chicago Theater: 0.7 mi
  • Goodman Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Prudential Plaza: 0.7 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.7 mi
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Shedd Aquarium: 0.8 mi
  • Harold Washington College: 0.8 mi
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 0.8 mi
  • Opera House: 0.9 mi
  • Union Station: 0.9 mi
  • Marina City: 0.9 mi
  • Soldier Field: 1 mi
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 1 mi
  • Wrigley Building: 1 mi
  • Merchandise Mart: 1 mi
  • Tribune Tower: 1.1 mi
  • Adler Planetarium: 1.1 mi
  • North Michigan Avenue: 1.1 mi
  • Hull House Museum: 1.2 mi
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 1.3 mi
  • Lake Point Tower: 1.3 mi
  • Michigan Avenue South: 1.3 mi
  • Terra Museum of American Art: 1.3 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
50,000 square feet of meeting space. World renowned gold room

Dining

Gazebo Restaurant
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served from 6:30am to 10:30pm. Breakfast includes full American Breakfast, lunch- a variety of salads and sandwiches, dinner- chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes.
Tavern Tap
A relaxed setting to enjoy cocktails or play pool or watch your favorite sports

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (1117)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
1117 out of 1117
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Springfield, IL
Jul 15, 2007

Very nice hotel for money and location

The Congress Plaza hotel was very nice and clean. The hotel staff was great and there were no major problems. This hotel is near everything. It is right across the street from Grant Park. It is also walking distance to the Miracle Mile. We also could walk to just about everywhere ( Hancock Tower, Sears Tower, Lake etc.)and it was only a city block from the Library train station which is on the Orange Line which comes straight from Midway airport. There are also many public buses that go down the street in front of hotel. I would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boston, MA
Jun 17, 2007

Great Chicago Location

The rooms were bigger than expected (very clean) and I had a lovely view of Grant Park (downtown). The hotel is close to the water front and only a 15 minute can ride to Wriggley field. The only point of contention is that the mattress was hard as a rock. I suppose you could say that it is good for one's back, but I found myself stiff as board in the morning. Otherwise I was very pleased with the location, staff and recommendation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
black barbie
Business
Knoxville, TN
Jul 5, 2011

Taste of Chicago best location

Art Institute of Chicago, The Cloud, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium - all were in easy walking distance from this hotel. TOC was happening right outside the hotel doors! Navy Pier was an easy and fun 45 minute walk up Magnificant Mile. Chna Town, where we enjoyed a delicious morning Dim Sum, was only two subway stops away from conveniently located Harrison stop (red line). Try Rosebuds restuarant (Italian) 720 N.Rush and make sure to do Chicago First Lady Architectural boat tour along the Chicago River. Trips to and from O'Hare could not have been easier (blue line/Jackson stop). My only wish - that the hot water was a bit hotter. The Hotel was a classic beauty and my city view suite was huge. Thanks [...] for putting me on to this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Study up in advance on the difference between the the larger city subway system and the Metra system (largely designed for commuters and gets you closer to venues right along Lake Michigan). We used the Metra system to get to the BodyWorlds exhibit at the Museum of Science and Energy - awesome!

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Birmingham Dog Lovers
Business
Birmingham, AL, USA
Oct 12, 2011

Great in Chicago

The hotel checked us in at 10.00am. The staff was largely excellent, and they were certainly friendly. The hotel is one stop toward the Loop from Roosevelt, which is where we exited for the Field. The Art Institute is a short walk. The restaurant is okay, though there is a Thai place a block away on Wabash that has better food at a better price. The proximity to the Red Line made getting around where we wanted to go a relatively easy matter. This included getting from and to Midway.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

The Museum complex including the Field, the Adler and the Shedd is decently close, and the Art Institute is a short walk.

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Doylestown, PA, USA
Oct 27, 2011

Second time there

Older property, but love the location, staff and room. Love the high ceilings and open space in the room. Also love the high spout in the shower! No stooping to get under the water!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mnmstl23
Business
St. Louis, MO
Dec 14, 2011

Amazing Stay, Very Impressed!

First off, the location is perfect! Right in the heart of everything! The structure is gorgeous, marble floors, old time elegance all throughout the hotel. Staff was quick, efficient and friendly. The room was AMAZING! We had a lakeside king and the view was BEAUTIFUL! The bed was huge and comfortable. We fell in love with this hotel. Perfect place to stay if you are wanting to walk around and see Chicago but come back and really feel safe and clean in your room. Love it and highly recommend!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Exchequer Bar and Grill has AMAZING food! Their deep dish pizza and hamburgers are to die for! The photos and memorabilia they have hanging throughout is totally cool!

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jimmy D
Business
Fort Worth, TX, USA
Jan 9, 2012

Excellent Experience

The hotel was wonderful, very historic! The proximity to everything we wanted to do was perfect, if you don't feel like walking everywhere there is a cab stand right outside the hotel, with cab drivers who dont make you scared for your life! The concierge was incredibly friendly. I will stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lou Malnati's pizza, AMAZING. Try the Chicago Classic, with a Matilda Beer.

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Just Pleased
Business
Southern, IL, USA
Feb 20, 2012

Wonderful

I can not say enough about this hotel. Everyone was more than perfect. Don't change a thing! I can promise you when I travel through Chicago again, there will be no "trying to decide" where to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

"Buddy Guy's Legends" on a Saturday night..

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mikeh785
Business
kansas
May 22, 2012

Great place

awesome hotel for a low price, very close to lots!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
GGRICKER
Business
Lake forest IL
Jun 4, 2012

Congress Plaza

We booked this room last minute - no rooms in the city and were expecting an alley view but instead had the most magnificent views of Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park!!!! Terrific!! Thanks

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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