We selected the Congress for our trip to Chicago because I had stayed at the hotel for my 10th birthday (a LONG time ago!) and I've always loved seeing the lit sign behind Grant Park. It was old and shabby then; not much has changed in the last 30 years, but it is CLEAN and the staff is very helpful and friendly even though there has been an ongoing employee strike. The bellmen were extremely helpful in helping us catch buses and general location questions.
What is a little uncomfortable is that we rarely saw any other guests during our stay. Apparently, the Congress is outdated enough that hotel snobs don't want to stay here. We had cable, an updated bathroom, lamps that worked and clean sheets & towels--when you are out exploring and enjoying a world class city like Chicago, why do you need a super fancy room?!
Allegedly, the hotel is haunted; we did not encounter any spirits or spooks.....The Congress is a faded flower of her former days, but a great place to stay if you want to explore the city.
- 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