The Congress Plaza Hotel is the winner of the Chicago stay pick. The hotel is reasonable (well for Chicago anyway) has beautiful architecture (yes it’s old) and is right across from Grant Park. The really nice guy from the hotel told me some places easy to get to and great to visit. Here is the letter I got from the really nice man there. We are still looking for help with rooms and things to do, I have feelers out though!!!
Thank you for considering the Congress Plaza Hotel for your stay in Chicago. It looks like you have quite the trip planned.
As for suggestions when you’re in Chicago, I notice you like dinosaur bones. The Field Museum of Natural History has a dinosaur exhibit, and separate from that, in the main hall, there is a complete T-Rex named Sue. Actually, Sue’s real head is too heavy for the display and is with the rest of the dinosaurs, but the rest is all Sue.
We’re two blocks from the Art Institute of Chicago. Remember the board game Masterpiece? All those paintings are housed in the museum.
We’re right across the street from Grant Park and very close to Millennium Park. There’s gardens, sculptures, fountains, etc.
If John is able to take stairs down to the river walk, the Chicago Architecture boat tour is interesting. There are also walking tours offered. There are hop on, hop off bus tours available that go from museum to museum with an all-day pass that includes entry to the museums.
It’s not country, but we’re two blocks from Buddy Guy’s Legends, should you like blues. They have free music at 6:00 p.m. and the other bands will play from 9:30 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. We also about a half mile from Jazz Showcase.
There’s wide variety of restaurants in the area, especially Italian, pizza and steak.
Our Bell Staff gets discount coupons upon occasion. You should stop and see them for any current deals. Hard to say today what will be a special in October.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Good luck with the bucket trip.
Mark Souder | Director of Human Resources
CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER