Congress Plaza Hotel

3.5 star property
3.5-star hotel with 2 restaurants, near Columbia College Chicago

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Congress Plaza Hotel

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2 bars/lounges, sports bar, sports bar
2 restaurants, breakfast served
Exterior detail
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible

Overview of Congress Plaza Hotel

7.4 out of 10 Good
7.4/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness centre
  • Self parking
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Front desk safe
  • ATM/banking services
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Fridge
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area
  • Premium TV channels

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible

  • 23 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Standard Suite, 1 King Bed, Lake View, Lakeside

  • 50 sq m
  • Lake view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

  • 18 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Family Suite

  • 50 sq m
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Double Beds

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Lake View

  • 23 sq m
  • Lake view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

  • 22 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Lake View

  • 23 sq m
  • Lake view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

  • 26 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 6 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 8 min walk
  • Lake Michigan - 13 min walk
  • Chicago Theatre - 17 min walk
  • Willis Tower - 17 min walk
  • Chicago Riverwalk - 18 min walk
  • Grant Park - 18 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 18 min walk
  • Michigan Avenue - 23 min walk
  • Soldier Field - 23 min walk

Getting around

  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 26 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive) - 32 min drive
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 37 min drive
  • Chicago Van Buren Street Station - 2 min walk
  • Chicago Museum Campus-11th Street Station - 10 min walk
  • Millennium Station - 13 min walk
  • Harrison Station - 5 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library Station - 6 min walk
  • Jackson Station (Red Line) - 7 min walk


  • Cafecito - 3 min walk
  • Buddy Guy's Legends - 5 min walk
  • Grant Park Bistro - 5 min walk
  • The Gage - 8 min walk
  • Kasey's Tavern - 8 min walk

About this property

Congress Plaza Hotel

When you stay at Congress Plaza Hotel, you'll be in a great location, within a short 10-minute walk of Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. After visiting the fitness centre for a workout, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants or unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Also, Soldier Field and McCormick Place are a short five-minute drive away. Fellow travellers say good things about the room service and bar. Public transportation is only a short walk: Harrison Station is 5 minutes and Harold Washington Library Station is 6 minutes.


English, Hindi, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 870 rooms
  • Arranged over 14 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until anytime
  • Express check-out available
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (17 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • Uncovered on-site self-parking (USD 62.00 per night)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) on weekend mornings 6:30 AM–11:00 AM
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service (limited hours)

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)

What to do

  • Shopping
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference space (50000 square feet)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Bike storage


  • 3 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1893
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • Bike parking
  • 100% renewable energy
  • At least 80% of lighting from LEDs
  • Banquet hall


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Hand-held shower heads

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep-soaking bath
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • LED light bulbs
  • Recycling
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Tavern Tap – This sports bar only serves breakfast.
Tavern Tap – On-site sports bar. Open selected days.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: USD 25.00 per night

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 16 to 23 for adults and USD 12 to 18 for children
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 49.00 (subject to availability)
  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 59.00 (subject to availability)
  • Fridges are available for an additional charge

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night


  • Uncovered self-parking costs USD 62.00 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

A shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.
Property Registration Number Hotel License,60605

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Frequently asked questions

Does Congress Plaza Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Congress Plaza Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Congress Plaza Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Congress Plaza Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Congress Plaza Hotel?
Yes. Self-parking costs USD 62.00 per night.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Congress Plaza Hotel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge of USD 49.00 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 59.00 (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Congress Plaza Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as cycling, sailing and windsurfing, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Enjoy amenities such as 2 bars and a fitness centre.
Are there restaurants at or near Congress Plaza Hotel?
Yes, there are 2 on-site restaurants.
Does Congress Plaza Hotel have rooms with private hot tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep-soaking bath.
What's the area around Congress Plaza Hotel like?
Congress Plaza Hotel is in Downtown Chicago, a short 5-minute walk from Harrison Station and 6 minutes' walk from Art Institute of Chicago.







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Property conditions & facilities




6/10 Good

Pretty Lobby.
It is a historic hotel and the lobby is nice, but the rooms can use an upgrade. We couldn't change the room temp, and it was uncomfortably warm all evening.
Alicia, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Paul, 4-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

If the price offsets everything
As we previously stayed this hotel before, we knew exactly what to expect. If you would like to stay a shining bright hotel, I am afraid this might not meet your expectation. However, if you accept the hotel having rich in history but shows you quite literary wears and tears, you have a potential to enjoy the stay. In our case, comfy bed (i.e. not too soft in most of the US) and small refrigerator in the room meet our bottom line requirement. And, quite frankly, we enjoyed our stay as the location cannot be better. It would be super if they decide to close for a year (North Tower and then South Tower) and completely renovated the room/facility, we would love to stay in a heartbeat. Nonetheless, we spent a good weekend. Thank you very much!
2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Too old, no mantenience, cucarachas in the bathroom.
Ana Lucía, 1-night trip with friends
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4/10 Fair

Phaik Swee, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

the corridors are very deteriorated. cockroaches in the bathroom. We had to ask for a room change.
Ana Lucia, 3-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Susan, 2-night business trip
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6/10 Good

The staff are great unfortunately the hotel is in need of a refurb
Peter, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Brenda, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Margaret, 1-night trip
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