Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States, 60605  show map
 3 stars
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Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Fitness/Gym

Fitness center

 Sports activities

Golf course

 Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

Reflex massage

Jacuzzi

 Breakfast

In-room breakfast

Continental breakfast

Verified Reviews:

  • Location good - Beds comfortable - Shower functioned well
  • Comfortable room - High ceilings - Big windows
  • Nice sized room - Beautiful view - Hotel is outdated
  • Close to cta trains - In room safe - Old furnishings
  • Phenomenal location - Super check-in - No issue with elevators

Overview

The 3-star Congress Plaza Hotel provides ideal lodging in historic Chicago. Renovated in 1993, the classic hotel has welcomed guests since 1983.

The property is set within a 10-minute walking distance from Chicago city center, in the proximity of McCormick Place, Theatre on the Lake and The Magnificent Mile. An underground station as well as LaSalle \"L\" (Blue Line) subway station are not far from the hotel.

This hotel is set in a shopping area next to government offices and convention centers.

The hotel's spectacular location offers to get to Midway airport in 15 minutes by car.

Rooms

Congress Plaza Hotel comprises tasteful rooms with standard décor as well as a stunning view over the lake. Guests will enjoy a view of Grant Park and Lake Michigan from their rooms. They provide bathrooms with free toiletries, a shower and towels.

Eat & Drink

A breakfast is served in the restaurant. The hotel features a lounge restaurant serving contemporary cuisine. The comfortable bar serves a selection of beers, cocktails and wines. Guests can dine in Tamarind and Cafecito located within a 5-minute walk of the property.

All visitors are offered a full breakfast for a fee. 

Services

A business center, a catering service and a conference room are also offered at the hotel.

Relax

On-site spa options feature a wellness center and a Jacuzzi. Congress Plaza Hotel provides a gym and a fitness center to help guests keep trim.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the hotel rooms for free.

Guest Parking

private parking is possible on site at USD 44 per day.

Number of floors:   14.  Number of rooms:   871.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Allergy-free rooms
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Children are welcome
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe deposit box
  • Smoke detectors
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Lobby
  • Sundry/Convenience store
  • Souvenir shop
  • Coffee shop
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Beauty salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled
  • Carte blanche

Sports & Fitness

  • Water sports
  • Golf course
  • Fitness center

Services

  • Airport shuttle
  • Paid valet parking
  • Room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shoe shine service

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Bar/Lounge area
  • Cafe
  • Catering service
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Exhibition space
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available
  • Game room

Leisure facilities

  • Spa & wellness center
  • Jacuzzi
  • Reflex massage

Room view

  • City view
  • Courtyard view
  • Lake view

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Rollaway beds
  • Wardrobe
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk

Bathroom

  • Shared bathroom
  • Bath/Shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Media

  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • CD player
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  3 pm

Check-out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • One child under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • All children under the age of 17 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States, 60605

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City Center
  • Chicago
    600 m
Airports
Train Stations
  • Van Buren Street Station
    300 m
Underground stations
  • LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line)
    600 m
  • Bus stop
    100 m
Restaurants
  • Chicago Carry Out
    90 m
  • Artist's Cafe (cuisine: American, Greek)
    130 m
Parks
  • Grant Park
    420 m
Beaches
  • North Avenue Beach
    790 m
  • Ohio Street Beach
    2.2 km
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  12 pm
  • Number of floors:
    14
  • Number of rooms:
    871

Rooms and availability

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Park Double Room
Bed type: King-size bed
Size: 26 m²
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    Park Suite
    Bed type: King-size bed
    Size: 50 m²
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      Double Room
      Bed type: 2 Single beds or Double beds or Queen-size bed
      Size: 26 m²
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      Room facilities
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        Two-Bedroom Suite
        Bed type: King-size bed
        Size: 26 m²
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          Bed type: King-size bed or Double bed
          Size: 50 m²
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          Standard|Lakefront Suites

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            Family Suite
            Bed type: Double bed
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              Deluxe Suite
              Bed type: King-size bed
              Size: 50 m²
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                How to reach hotel

                hotel Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago Chicago location
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                Hotel Address:

                520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States, 60605

                Get directions
                City Center
                • Chicago
                  600 m
                Airports
                Train Stations
                • Van Buren Street Station
                  300 m
                Underground stations
                • LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line)
                  600 m
                • Bus stop
                  100 m
                Restaurants
                • Chicago Carry Out
                  90 m
                • Artist's Cafe (cuisine: American, Greek)
                  130 m
                Parks
                • Grant Park
                  420 m
                Beaches
                • North Avenue Beach
                  790 m
                • Ohio Street Beach
                  2.2 km
                Hotel information
                • Check-in:
                  from  3 pm
                • Check-out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of floors:
                  14
                • Number of rooms:
                  871

                Congress Plaza Hotel Location

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                What's nearby

                Tourist attractions

                • Auditorium Theatre - 100 m

                Train stations

                • Van Buren Street Station - 200 m
                • Van Buren Street Station - 200 m

                Shopping areas

                • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies - 100 m

                Museums

                • American Composers Forum - 100 m
                • Chicago Music Alliance - 100 m
                • Bariff Shop For Judaica - 100 m
                • Bella Voce - 100 m
                • Museum of Contemporary Photography - 100 m
                • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies - 100 m
                • Grant Park - 300 m

                Universities, Institutes

                • Roosevelt University - 100 m
                • Undergraduate Admissions - 100 m
                • Television Dept - 100 m
                • College of Arts and Sciences - 100 m
                • Brandeis University - 100 m
                • Liberal Education - 100 m
                • Columbia College-Academic Comp - 100 m
                • Columbia College - 100 m
                • Chicago College Prfrmng Arts - 100 m
                • Management - 100 m
                • American Floral Art School - 100 m
                • English Department - 100 m
                • Columbia College-Radio Dept - 100 m
                • Harrington Institute-Interior - 100 m
                • Columbia College-Science/math - 100 m
                • Center For Psychoanalytic - 100 m
                • Film and Video - 100 m
                • American Academy of Art - 200 m

                College Campuses

                • Robert Morris University Chicago - 200 m

                Local attractions

                • Michigan Avenue Bridge - 1.5 km
                  Michigan Ave., Chicago
                • Wrigley Building - 1.6 km
                  410 North Michigan Ave, Chicago
                • McCormick Freedom Project - 1.7 km
                  435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
                • 333 West Wacker Drive - 1.6 km
                  333 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago
                • Tribune Tower - 1.7 km
                  435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

                Near the hotel

                • Museum of Contemporary Photography - 70 m
                  Columbia College, Chicago
                • Willow Creek Chicago - 90 m
                  Auditorium Theatre, Michigan Ave. at Congress Parkway, Chicago
                • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies - 140 m
                  610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
                • Harold Washington Library Center - 290 m
                  400 South State Street, Chicago
                • Auditorium Theatre - 90 m
                  50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago
                • Fine Arts Building - 130 m
                  410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
                • Art Institute of Chicago - 590 m
                  111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

                Restaurants nearby

                • Chicago Carry Out - 90 m

                  Address: 63 E Harrison St
                  Phone: 312-341-1270

                • Mercat a la Planxa - 230 m

                  Address: 638 South Michigan Avenue
                  Phone: 312-765-0524

                  68% likes this, based on 288 reviews
                  Cuisine: Spanish
                  Price Range: GBP 25 - GBP 40

                • Tamarind - 190 m

                  Address: 614 S Wabash Ave
                  Phone: (312) 379-0970

                  70% likes this, based on 122 reviews
                  Cuisine: Thai, Asian
                  Price Range: GBP 1 - GBP 16

                • Artist's Cafe - 130 m

                  Address: 412 S Michigan Ave
                  Phone: (312) 939-7855

                  Cuisine: American, Greek
                  Price Range: GBP 1 - GBP 24

                • Cafecito - 160 m

                  Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy
                  Phone: 312-922-2233

                  78% likes this, based on 72 reviews
                  Cuisine: Cuban

                Hotel information
                • Check-in:
                  from  3 pm
                • Check-out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of floors:
                  14
                • Number of rooms:
                  871
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                Congress Plaza Hotel Reviews

                Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Congress Plaza Hotel

                Average guest rating

                6.8out of 10
                Very good
                Based on 987 reviews

                Guest reviews

                • Older travelers
                  5.8

                  Excellent location, with a great view of Lake Michigan. I was really surprised to find a hotel in Chicago for less than $100 a night. I also like the history and the fact that it is thought to be haunted. I love staying places with history.

                  I was really bothered by the fact I had to cross a picket line to go into the hotel. I do not feel good staying someplace where people are not paid fairly. I also thought the service was very minimal. For example, when we returned on Saturday at 3:30 for a nap before going out in the evening for an early dinner and a show, our room had not been cleaned. I was told they would have to clean it right away or not at all. I just had them drop off towels because we wanted to relax.

                • Single
                  7.8

                  Historical place and a really confortable!

                  There is not a free internet in any room. You need to pay almos 10 dollars for a day, I just stayed one night but imagine that I would stay 5 nights ... 50 dollars...

                • Couple
                  9.2

                  Amazing view of Grant Park/Navy Pier from our room. The bed was extremely comfortable. Location convenient for city trip as it is possible to walk to most popular areas. We needed prompt laundry/drycleaning services and this was not a problem. In less than 8 hours our clothing was taken care of and delivered to our room. Very convenient. We have stayed here before and will stay here again in the future.

                  Internet access should be free of charge in my opinion. $7 for 24 hours of wireless access in the lobby or $10 for 24 hours of cable hook up access in the room is a little much. The hotel is classy, this takes away from that...

                • Couple
                  6.6

                  I loved the location of the hotel. It was within walking distance to many restaurants including Lou Malnati's and Giordano's. It was very close to Grant and Millennium Park as well as the magnificent mile. It was only a 5 minute taxi ride to all the bars on State and District st. The location was the best. Also, the hotel staff from bell man to front desk were very knowledgeable and were able to give his tips on where to find the hidden gems of Chicago! The bar staff was great. Our bartender Lydia was very knowledgeable and friendly towards my girlfriend and I and she made awesome drinks!

                  Though the location was great, the hotel itself wasn't so great. Once you get in the hotel is gorgeous but the rooms not so much. The room we got clearly indicated that it was a non-smoking room but once we got in the room, the room smelled like it had been smoked in for 4 nights straight. I had to go down to the front desk just to make sure that I wouldn't be charged a $250 smoking fee for a non smoking room that smelled like smoke. There were no microwaves and no refrigerators so we weren't able to bring left overs from the amazing restaurants. The housekeeping staff was annoying. They kept trying to come in our room to clean it while we were still there. Each time we would tell them no thank you and an hour later they would be back to clean it again! I would recommend this hotel only because of its convenient location and friendly staff.

                • Older travelers
                  6.6

                  We had a horrible experience with the beligerent man next door. We also didn't feel security did their best to get him to quiet down. After calling security at 3am the gentleman proceeded to slam his door repeatedly and left the volume on his television extremely loud even after leaving his room. We were sleepless from 3am until after 5am. When we complained the desk said "you can choose to move rooms.". That seemed very inconsiderate and we felt as though it was our fault and we should "move" or else that's what we should deal with. The complaint should have been handled better as it was not our fault.

                • Couple
                  8.8

                  As a carpenter I notice details. The rooms trim and up keep was aged, however very clean. The furniture and bed looked good and I loved the high ceiling. A quick mattress check showed no bed bugs. We wanted just to chow on a deep dish and stay close to the highway but for the non prime time rate plus parking we choose to drive another 30 min off of rt. 80, and wake up downtown and take a quick site seeing before we rolled out. I liked the price and location.

                  It is aged.I Suppose you could keep the classic style but it needs new trim, doors, tile, etc. Furniture was cool. Price and cleanliness kept us at our little off course downtown Chicago loop.

                • Single
                  7.4

                  Location cleanliness

                  Lack of wireless internet in rooms cost of internet service poor lighting

                • Family with children
                  9.6

                  When we arrived I asked for a room facing the lake, and they gently gave us one room with a nice view. The location was perfect, near Millenium Park, so we could easely see The Cloud in different hours of the day, and different weather conditions, with sun, without it, by night, it was very nice. Besides we were also very closed to the Art Museum, the Architect Foundation, the Loop. We could walk to the Magnificent Mile, or take a bus everywhere very easely. It was a very good choice, considering also the price.

                  The only thing that was complicated was not having a free wi-fi, and even paying we had to go down to the hall, it didn't work in the rooms.

                • Older travelers
                  6.6

                  Fabulous view of Lake from room. Upgrade to LakeFront King room is a must. Bartender Gus provided friendly and competent service.

                  A strike was on and this was uncomfortable to say the least

                • Group of friends
                  7.4

                  The hotel was historical, built in 1893, and in a great location by Grant Park!

                  Our bathroom door did not have a lock, only a hole in the door where the lock used to be. Staff wasn't very friendly.

                • Older travelers
                  10.0

                  Because we were able to reduce our room cost through a discount vendor we were able to stay at this classic Chicago hotel. We enjoyed being adjacent to Grant Park and the nearby lakefront parks and walkways. We enjoyed the convenience to Chicago cultural activities (attended Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Club, Kinky Boots theatre production, and took a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise) and of course, shopping. We loved being right there in the middle of everything. We enjoyed breakfast twice in the hotel restaurant.

                  Nothing comes to mind. Oh, we did not use the hotel WiFi service because of the cost. Really, you couldn't include it in the room cost like other hotels.

                • Single
                  3.8

                  Nothing. It was shokingly low standard.

                  The first room I got was half in basement, with windows high up on the wall. The corridor smelled like there has been a water leakage for a long time (half rotten smell). In the room there was a stale smell, almost camouflaged by anit-bug sprays. I demanded a new room, and got it. Next room had full size windows, but smelled awful: Thick,dirty carpets, and the whole room smelled strongly from from germ-killers. Still, there was a big cocharage in the bath room. Gloomy, poorly-lit room and all corridors. Very claustrofobic. In the elevator, I heard other guests complained about their rooms. This hotels needs complete renovation to justify the location and name. I'll never go back.

                • Family with children
                  7.0

                  Large room

                  Reserved two adjoining rooms for two nights. One room had no water (sink or shower) and toilet would not flush. Reported first night. Some water pressure returned but no hot water and no working toilet. Reported on check-out. Told no manager on duty - would need to email complaint for credit on bill.

                • Family with children
                  5.8

                  air conditioning was not tempt friendly, could not walk around in socks they would get dirty, fairly noisy, outdated layout

                • Older travelers
                  10.0

                  We liked the Congress Plaza Hotel location and historical beauty. The view was excellent. Beds were comfortable. We'll be back.

                  It is a bit warm in the rooms.Air conditioning wasn't the best. I wouldn't stay there in the summer.

                How to reach hotel

                hotel Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago Chicago location
                Show big map »

                Hotel Address:

                520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States, 60605

                Get directions
                City Center
                • Chicago
                  600 m
                Airports
                Train Stations
                • Van Buren Street Station
                  300 m
                Underground stations
                • LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line)
                  600 m
                • Bus stop
                  100 m
                Restaurants
                • Chicago Carry Out
                  90 m
                • Artist's Cafe (cuisine: American, Greek)
                  130 m
                Parks
                • Grant Park
                  420 m
                Beaches
                • North Avenue Beach
                  790 m
                • Ohio Street Beach
                  2.2 km
                Hotel information
                • Check-in:
                  from  3 pm
                • Check-out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of floors:
                  14
                • Number of rooms:
                  871