The Congress is one of the classic downtown Chicago hotels, and it does show its age. Still the rooms were clean and comfortable. The location is excellent, near public transportation, the Art Institute, and other attractions.
I was extremely pleased with the location of the hotel, it’s unnerving going to a place you’re not familiar with and trying to figure out how to make it back to the airport. I was able to walk to the airport with peace of mind. Thank you!
I stayed at the Freehand for three nights/four days with my 14-tear-old son, and we had a really positive experience. It was in the center of everything, and the vibe was very laid-back and accommodating. Our room was comfortable, the staff were nice...a good place to stay!
Nice hotel, but for the price would be nice to at least get free coffee in the lobby and a fridge that isn’t jammed with minibar items that cost an arm and a leg. Also no pool. The Radission right across the street had a really nice pool. We could see it from our window.
Hotel was close to all the tourist spots, view to the river, and room was nce and quiet. Concierge was extremely helpful! We were even able to check in a little early! They also can hold your luggage for younegore or after your stay. 10 min walk yo millenium park, architectural tour outside door, ...
by lAke Shore Drive. Very clean, quiet. Staff was great . However they hold your deposit for a very long time.
I came in town for a family gathering during a busy weekend. This was the best option available imo due to proximity to downtown and amenities. I’m pleased with my stay.
My room was beautiful clean and had amazing views. And the hotel staff was very helpful and pleasant.
Great stay and location is sooo convenient! Staff was nice and quick, room was clean and had everything we needed. Definitely will go back! Thank you!
Nicknamed the Second City, in reality, Chicago is second to none. Known as much for its blues — and blues brothers — as it is for its famous gangsters and deep-dish pizza, Chicago is also a mecca of art, theater, dining, and other culture.
Chicago hotels offer visitors a bit of everything. Accommodations run the gamut from bargain hotels to luxury hotels in Chicago's downtown. Guests spend the day taking in the city's many sights and tours and head to a ballgame at historic Wrigley Field, one of the best in the U.S., or they enjoy one of the many world-class museums and take in some of the first-rate theater in the evening, topping it off with a nightcap and a view of the town at the Hancock tower's Signature Lounge. Navy Pier is a great place for families to keep busy between getting some rest at one of the top Chicago hotels.
Chicago Quick Picks and Tips
Chicago has several locations that attract trade shows from around the country. The Merchandise Mart is one of the more popular venues and is the yearly host of the National Prom Market, the USA's largest business-services trade event.
Food in Chicago: plentiful, diverse, and tasty of, course. Chicago is known for its Italian and Polish food. Lou Malnati's, which has several Chicago locations, is famous for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.
Major Point of Interest
Chicago visitors won't want to miss the Art Institute of Chicago and its impressive collection of Asian, modern and American art and much, much more.
Any shopper booking a room in one of the many Chicago hotels shouldn't forget the Magnificent Mile. This section of Michigan Avenue is filled with history, shopping opportunities, and other entertainment to make your trip more than worthwhile.
Chicago has two major-league baseball teams, the Cubs and White Sox, and given the fierce loyalty of each team's fans, it's a good thing their respective parks are located so far apart. NFL fans have the Chicago Bears, while hockey fans root for the Blackhawks, and basketball fans cheer for the Bulls.
Chicago is divided into over 70 different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct feel and flavor. The Downtown Loop, or city center, is the commercial and financial district, and many of the city's cultural institutions are located here, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park. The Magnificent Mile, a shopper's paradise, is also steps from the Gold Coast, where guests can choose to stay at the luxury Talbott Hotel. Travelers seeking a more residential feel opt for Chicago hotels on the North Side, like Hotel Versey and Hotel Lincoln, located right in the middle of the most dense population center of the city, near Lincoln Park and Wrigley Field.
The South Side is Chicago's largest area and includes many parks and public beaches. Also located here are Jackson Park, site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Museum of Science and Industry (the last remaining building from the Exposition), and Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. The West Loop is known for its ethnic enclaves, hip eateries on Randolph Street, and is home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. Overall, visitors should try to find Chicago hotels they can use for a base of operations because this vast city and all its sites can't be explored in one day — or even a week.