Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park ★★★

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Check-in: Feb 16, 2016 Check-out: Feb 18, 2016
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  • Occupancy: 2
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  • Occupancy: 2
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  • Occupancy: 2
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  • Occupancy: 4
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With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its Italianate, vaulted ceilings and glimmering Gold Room banqueting hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the Home of Presidents due to its popularity with both Roosevelts, 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 audio-visual tech for business meetings and a 24-hour fitness center, while eating options here are globally diverse (Rafael s Steakhouse) and come straight from the griddle in the morning (Gazebo Restaurant). In the evenings, settle back in a leather-back armchair with a bourbon or take up a challenge at the darts board in the Congress Lounge, where both business users and vacationers gather for some much-needed R n R.


Key facts

871 guestrooms

36 suites

Meeting/event rooms: 23

Two 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

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, South Tower, for the highest chance of ghostly activity watch out for characters like notorious murder victim Peg Leg Johnny, or the 12th floor room which was allegedly actually closed down, it s that terrifying!

Nearby attractions


Across the street from Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain, Congress Plaza is on the main thoroughfare and shopping Mecca Michigan Avenue aka the Magnificent Mile and just steps away from world-renowned museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium and the fascinating Field Museum. Found on the banks of Lake Michigan, the museum is also the home of Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, as well as a life-size Maori meeting house.


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.


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

Meeting facilities

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

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  • Free Wi-Fi in Room


  • Concierge


  • Fitness Center


  • Restaurant
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi in Room

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Nearby points of interest

Auditorium Theatre 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

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

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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Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Feb 16, 2016 Check-out: Feb 18, 2016