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Congress Plaza Hotel

Chicago, IL View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
9 reviews

About

Congress Plaza Hotel is a modern hotel wedding venue located in Chicago, Illinois. This historic landmark is situated near Grant Park and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. This hotel has played host to many notable individuals such as foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and select presidents of the United States. From the moment they step in, couples and their guests will be able to enjoy an opulent atmosphere. The lobby boasts marble features and chandeliers, while the carefully-curated suites invite overnight guests to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating stay. Each room is appointed with a plethora of amenities, ensuring that clients are well taken care of. For events, couples and their guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous Gold Room, which emanates a rich, welcoming ambiance.

Facilities and Capacity

Congress Plaza Hotel is an enduring historic location that features versatile event room options for betrothed couples to choose from. There are 23 stunning areas that are available for various occasions. The famous Gold Room is able to accommodate up to 400 guests for an elegant and formal occasion. When booking this room, couples will also have the option of using the Rendezvous Space for a cocktail hour. Meanwhile, the Florentine Room is suitable for slightly smaller celebrations, allowing a capacity of up to 300 individuals for ceremonies and 180 for receptions. Smaller rooms such as the Francis, Belmont, or Plaza rooms are also offered, all of which have a beautiful view of the city skyline.

Services Offered

Congress Plaza Hotel offers a selection of services for couples who book their wedding in one of the aforementioned event spaces. Couples will avail of assistance with wedding planning, complimentary menu and cake tastings, full catering solutions, dietary-restriction-friendly dishes, and discounted group rates. Should prospective clients have further inquiries, they are encouraged to reach out to the wedding team at the venue.

Location

This hotel is located just off of South Michigan Avenue, across from East Congress Plaza Drive. The Van Buren Street train stop is a few minutes away on foot, and the Harrison metro stop is a five-minute to the west of the event space. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is nestled across the street, as is the Fine Arts Building.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$25,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$20,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

9

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December
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    Rustin G. Married on 05/23/2021
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    Incredible venue and staff in every way--magical!

    Obviously, the ballroom is GORGEOUS. I guarantee you will not find a single venue as classy, artistic, memorable, historic, and just beautiful anywhere else in the Chicagoland area, ESPECIALLY not for such a great price! The food was also some of the most delicious banquet food I've ever had! Staff was all excellent, from the wait staff and chef, to Karen the coordinator for rooms and other things you might need, to the security guards even. But of course our wedding coordinator, Ruthie, was the highlight of the show. She answered calls and texts at every hour of every day and made sure that we were taken care of always! Ruthie went above and beyond so many times--from finding little decorations to help make our day look even nicer, to coordinating with all the staff and making sure every little request was granted. She acted as our day-of coordinator, too, staying until the early hours of the morning to make sure we were 1000% taken care of, even though I'm sure that is NOT in her job description! Thank you, Ruthie for everything you've done to make our day so special! And thank you to the entire Congress Plaza staff for a drop-dead gorgeous wedding venue and friendly, helpful attitudes that made our wedding one that I'm sure nobody will stop talking about for years!
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    Cathleen Married on 08/18/2018
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    Where do we begin to try to put in to words how much we loved our Cocktail Hour and Reception in the historic and exquisite Gold Room. Ruthie Howard and her amazing team handled everything down to the last detail with precision! The hotel was the perfect location for our guests to stay, and our "downtown" wedding could not have been more beautiful. We highly recommend The Congress Plaza Hotel for your event. Our wedding was compared to a Royal Wedding time and again and we felt like royalty enjoying this spectacular location with amazing views and the ornate history and granduer of our amazing city surrounding us. Ruthie,we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our weekend spent in your beautiful hotel ( Suite 400!! Incredible!!!) and the reception in the Gold Room will never be forgotten. BRAVO!!! A JOB VERY WELL DONE!!!
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    The best wedding venue in Chicago. Ashleigh, out hotel wedding coordinator was amazing, and always responsive. Little things are always going to pop up in the planning and execution of a wedding, and she took care of every detail quickly and efficiently. The wedding day went off without a hitch. The food was excellent, service amazing, and the beauty of the Gold Room is indescribable. The guest rooms were completely satisfactory, clean, roomy, and the housekeeping staff bent over backwards for our requests. We didn't want the weekend to end, it was magical.

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520 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL, 60605
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