Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 United States (USA) near Exit 51h-i on I-90 (~1.1mi)
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3.5 Star Property
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  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
  • Hotel has 871 rooms
  • 14 floors in hotel
  • 36 suites in hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00pm
  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Groups & Meetings rating of 10.0/10

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Local Attractions

Museum of Contemporary Photography Auditorium Building and Theatre Grant Park Fine Arts Building Buckingham Fountain Chicago Public Library (Harold Washington Library Center) South Loop Symphony Center Art Institute of Chicago The Loop Printer's Row Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Chicago Cultural Center John G. Shedd Aquarium Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum Field Museum Picasso Statue Sears Tower Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre Chicago City Hall Goodman Theater Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago Theater Soldier Field - Chicago Bears Theatre District Union Station Chicago Amtrak Station Civic Opera House Magnificent Mile - Michigan Ave Michigan Avenue Bridge Wrigley Building Merchandising Mart Tribune Tower University of Illinois Chicago National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum Greektown Ohio Street Beach Northwestern Memorial Hospital 1.4 Merrill C Meigs Airport (CGX) 1.4 Navy Pier 1

Verified Reviews of Congress Plaza Hotel

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Quick & Easy Registration"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
We are part of the Thanksgiving Parade. We reserve every year. This is our fifth year. Thank you.
(Group coordinator, booked 5 rooms), from US flag
27-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Wed Nov 23 to Thu Nov 24 2022 at a $118.30 average nightly rate.
"Beautiful Hotel"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
The hotel is beautiful and clean. The customer service was great!
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
17-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 04 to Sun Nov 06 2022 at a $163.99 average nightly rate.
"Nice Hotel in Great Location"
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Nice hotel, great location for walking to nearby sites.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
17-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Nov 12 to Sun Nov 13 2022 at a $157.99 average nightly rate.
"Wonderful Hotel Across from Grant Park"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I stayed just one night for a 10K run right across the street in Grant Park. Location was perfect. Room was great, lobby looked wonderful. I'll have to stay longer sometime.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
08-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 04 to Sat Nov 05 2022 at a $128.99 average nightly rate.
"Satisfied Clean and comfortable room."
Overall Score3.0/ 5
Staff was pleasant, I've stayed here before.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
06-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 04 to Sun Nov 06 2022 at a $127.99 average nightly rate.
"Overnight glimpse into glamourous past! Convenient to 5K Start"
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Overnight glimpse into glamourous past! Convenient to 5K start. Copious bath amenities. Enjoyed the brief stay. Room was very clean and comfortable.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
05-Nov-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 04 to Sat Nov 05 2022 at a $195.30 average nightly rate.
"Great Location, Attentive Staff, Affordable and Charming!"
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Our company team of 10 stayed in the North Tower, economy rooms. The rooms were better than expected for the price. They were very clean. We enjoyed how you could feel/see the history of the hotel. The location was PERFECT. The staff was very kind and attentive. The hotel itself was absolutely beautiful! There is so much history in this hotel, it was impossible not to love it!
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
29-Aug-2022 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Aug 21 to Fri Aug 26 2022 at a $128.99 average nightly rate.
3.0 out of 5. Based on 3983 guest reviews

Property Description

a chicago landmark The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center was originally designed and built in 1893 to accommodate visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition. We have catered to our nation's Presidents, foreign dignitaries, opera, stage and movie celebrities, and a multitude of conventions, business travelers, and folks who love coming to Chicago with families and friends for the absolute delight of it. The guestrooms and suites of the Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center are truly spacious by today's standards. There are 871 guest accommodations, including 36 deluxe suites, many of which overlook the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. location ? Centrally located on the world famous Michigan Avenue over-looking Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain with a majestic view of Lake Michigan ? Recreation and shopping just steps away. Shop on the “Magnificent Mile” Or stroll in Grant Park on your way to relax on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Take in a show at the Shubert, Auditorium or Goodman Theater, The options are endless. ? Within a mile, experience Navy Pier, Water Tower Place, Sears Tower, Orchestra Hall, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. We are in the heart of it all. ? O'Hare and Midway Airports are just 25 minutes away (Airport Express available) accommodations ? The Congress Plaza Hotel has 853 Guestrooms including 36 deluxe suites, many of which over-look Lake Michigan. ? Built in 1893 for the World Columbian Exposition ? The Gold Room, one of the most grand and historic ball rooms in Chicago. ? The Great Hall, this colossal room is perfect for a reception of 2000 or a Banquet for 700.

What you need to know

Hotel Features – The Congress Plaza Hotel is a 14-story hotel originally built to accommodate expected visitors for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Located at 520 S. Michigan Avenue, The Congress Plaza Hotel features 36 beautifully decorated suites, 15 of which are lakefront. Also well-known in Chicago for its meeting facilities, the Congress Plaza Hotel boasts space for groups ranging in size from 20 to 2000. There are 23 meeting and banquet rooms in all, totaling more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

Guest Rooms – While at the Congress Plaza Hotel, you can choose a Lakefront suite, which features a large sitting area, a dining area, and a separate bedroom with one king-size bed. From these suites you will have a fantastic view of Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, and Lake Michigan. You may also stay in one of the hotel’s standard double rooms, with two double beds, a standard king room which has a king-sized bed and a round table with two chairs, or a lake view king room, similar to the standard king, and with the same amazing views as the lakefront suites.

Nearby Attractions – The Congress Plaza Hotel, located in downtown Chicago, is close to all of the city’s attractions and popular sites. The Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower), Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Center, and the Magnificent Mile are all nearby as are venues for many of Chicago’s sporting events.

Amenities – Among the many amenities offered at the Congress Plaza Hotel, the Gazebo restaurant and Tavern Tap Pub are traveler favorites. Both provide a relaxing environment to enjoy after a long day of experiencing the Windy City. The hotel is also family-friendly—children under 17 stay free with an adult. And, for those committed to staying active, the Congress Plaza Hotel provides a 24-hour exercise facility.

Expert Tip – Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Wrigley Field during a summertime visit, or Soldier Field during a winter trip.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 3:00pm
Check Out: 12:00pm
Year of Last Renovation: 2008
Floors: 14
Rooms: 871
Corridors: All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 835
Handicap Rooms: 21
Suites: 36
Room Windows: Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency: As Needed
Meeting Rooms: 1
Meeting Space: 50000 sq. feet
Banquet Space: Holds 550 people
Dist. to Food/Bars: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant: 0.5 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: 0.5 Mi
Lounge/Bar Hours: 4pm-12am
Pool Info: No Pool in the hotel
Policies / Expenses
30 days for groups
Nightly Parking: $35
Typical Group Deposit: 25%
Total Taxes: 16.40%
Total Misc Fees: $0.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 11.90%
Occupancy Tax: 0.00%
City Tax: 4.50%
Food and Beverage Tax: 10.75%
Audio Visual Tax: 0.08%
Parking Fee: 44.00 Per Night (Valet Parking)
Porterage Fee: 5.00 Per Person
Rooms Wireless Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Person
Rooms Wired Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Person
Meeting Wireless Internet Fee: 150.00 Per Day
Food and Beverage Service Charge: 10.75% (Non commissionable)
Avg. Continental Breakfast Cost: 22.75 Per Person
Avg. Plated Breakfast Cost: 21.50 VAT % Inclusive (per pp)
Avg. Buffet Breakfast Cost: 27.00 Per Person
Avg. Plated Lunch Cost: 36.00 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Lunch Cost: 42.00 Per Person
Avg. Boxed Lunch Cost: 30.00 Per Person
Avg. Plated Dinner Cost: 50.50 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Dinner Cost: 60.75 Per Person
Morning Break Cost: 7.00 Per Person
Afternoon Break Cost: 11.00 Per Person
Banquet Gallon of Coffee: 60.50 Per Item
Banquet Soda: 3.50 Per Item
Banquet Bottled Water: 3.50 Per Item
Banquet Hosted Bar: 20.50 Per Person/Per Hour
Banquet Reception w Hors d'oeuvres: 35.00 Per Person/Per Hour

Amenities / Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • ATM
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Breakfast in room
  • Central location
  • Concierge service
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Dinner available
  • Electronic key card
  • Elevator
  • Express Check-Out
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Games room
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Central heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet - ethernet
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Licensed bar
  • Movies in room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Restaurant
  • Safe in rooms
  • Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • Travellers cheques accepted
  • Valet Parking
  • Voicemail
  • Laundry valet service
  • Currency exchange
  • Office or business center
  • Child facilities
  • Car rental
  • Jacuzzi
  • Jogging path

Airport & Shuttle Information

Midway Airport - 11 miles O'Hare Airport - 18 miles **Taxi cab One way to/from O’Hare $30.00-$35.00 One way to/from Midway $22.00-$28.00 **Airport Express One way from O’Hare $27.00 each way, $49.00 round trip One way from Midway $22.00 each way, $37.00 round trip Call Airport Express for group rates

Local Shuttle Info: Shuttle is not available.

Breakfast Information

American Breakfast per person inclusive tax & service charge at $21.95 - Coupons through sales department

Pet Friendly?

Service animals complying with ADA Title lll regulations are allowed.

Sorry, pets are not allowed.

Previously known as:
Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, The Congress Plaza Hotel

FAQs about Congress Plaza Hotel

What time is check in?

Check in time is 3:00pm based on the hotel's local time. Early check in may be available if requested at the front desk on the day of check-in.

What time is check out?

Check out time is 12:00pm based on the hotel's local time. Late check out may be available if requested at the front desk during your stay.

How many rooms does Congress Plaza Hotel have?

There are 871 sleeping rooms in the hotel.

Is there any meeting space at Congress Plaza Hotel?

Yes, they have 1 meeting room that can support various table layouts.

What kind of breakfast is at Congress Plaza Hotel?

American Breakfast per person inclusive tax & service charge at $21.95 - Coupons through sales department

Is there a gym at Congress Plaza Hotel?

Yes, there is a gym/fitness area available on-site at the property.


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