I stayed at the Congress Plaza several years ago and was fascinated by its faded opulence and claim to fame as THE hotel destination for both the famous and infamous traveling to Chicago, all the way from the days of the White City to World War II. I stayed in one of those rooms tucked up under the eaves of the top floor of the north tower. The windows might have been teeny, but the room was huge...and I could happily gaze out onto Lake Michigan and Grant Park. The reason I love this hotel, despite the fact that it does need extensive renovation and service upgrades, is that it's still in operation after nearly 150 years...offering a rare glimpse into the by-gone era of grand old hotels in America. I do hope either the current or future owners realize what a historical gem this place is, and fully restore the property to its rightful place in American hotel history.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step inside and experience an extraordinary piece of living history during your next visit to downtown Chicago at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This "Landmark of Chicago Hospitality" has delighted business and leisure travelers for over a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore art institute, millenium park, buckingham fountain, magnificent mile,museum campus all with in walking distance just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city's finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Congress Plaza Chicago
- Hotel Congress Plaza
- Congress Hotel Chicago
- Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago