Things to see & Do

Explore all the Chicago attractions near our hotel!

Located at the corner of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, the Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center provides guests with unparalleled hospitality in the heart of Chicago. The hotel property is situated adjacent to Grant Park, a hotbed of Windy City activity throughout the year. Grant Park plays host to some of the biggest festivals and events downtown, including the world famous Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Fest, Chicago Jazz Fest and the Chicago Criterium.

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The iconic Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Statue are just steps away from the hotel and guests will have no trouble finding plenty of outdoor activities in Chicago’s “front yard.”

The city’s cutting-edge greenspace, Millennium Park and Lurie Garden, adjoins Grant Park on one end while Lakefront Trail (a popular spot to run, walk or bike the entire length of Lake Shore Drive) offers a closer view of Lake Michigan harbor.

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Stepping in any direction out the doors of our hotel, guests have unlimited and convenient access to some of the best attractions the city has to offer.

Guests interested in a little (or a lot of) retail therapy will find their joy among the Magnificent Mile, the epicenter of Chicago’s world-class stores, boutiques, fashion houses and restaurants.

The Congress Plaza Hotel provides the perfect home base to explore the Loop, with numerous retail shops, local eateries and entertainment options.

Attractions & Activities

Keep the excitement going with a ride on the 17-story ferris wheel at Navy Pier or visit the Children’s Museum, shops, live music stages and fantastic restaurants.

Families and groups can take advantage of nearby classic Chicago attractions such as the Art Institute, the Harold Washington Library, Symphony Center, Auditorium Theatre, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.

Sports buffs will love our close proximity to Soldier Field, making game day activities easy and convenient. Business travelers and conference attendees can rest easy and rest well knowing they are also within easy walking distance to Chicago’s bustling business district. Willis Tower, LaSalle Street, the Chicago Board of Trade and city, county, federal and state government offices all reside within a three to eight block radius from the hotel.

Our dynamite downtown location is the perfect spot to entertain colleagues or clients and experience the local flavor of the city. What more can we say? The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center is the perfect place to spend your exciting vacation or business trip in the heart of Chicago.

Here's a glimpse of the area attractions awaiting your arrival.

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520 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

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