Weddings at Congress Plaza Hotel




Located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL, the Congress Plaza Hotel provides couples with a palace-like setting for hosting their wedding. A coveted location with fantastic views of downtown Chicago, this location is overflowing with urban cultivation and historic enchantment. Expressing the exquisite architectural artistry of the Gilded Age, this Windy City hotel boasts adaptable spaces with antique touches for weddings with an ornate beauty. Couples celebrating their big day here have the treat of adding their own story to the hotel’s rich history.

The first wedding hosted at the Congress Plaza Hotel was in 1893, giving it a rich history in romance and tradition. With both small rooms and magnificent ballrooms, the hotel has the ability to host intimate gatherings or large affairs of up to 400 guests. The crown jewel of their wedding venues is the Gold Room, fittingly named with its intricate moulding and sunshine-colored walls. If this space does not suit, they have 23 other spaces available to choose from.

Throughout the years, the various owners of the Congress Plaza Hotel have sought to upgrade and modernize the historic building while restoring and maintaining previous designs. The hotel has the styles of different eras seamlessly etched throughout its halls, making it a cherished relic of the past with contemporary comforts. This element infuses the hotel with a timeless ambience for a hint of romance.

Services offered include wedding planning, menu and cake tasting, and full catering. Their experienced wedding coordinators are enthusiastic about their ability to transform their various spaces to best suit the theme that a couple is searching for. Deeply concerned with the details, the staff works tirelessly to ensure that their clients’ events are executed flawlessly, giving couples peace of mind. Transportation is also offered to make it simpler for guests having to navigate city traffic. The wedding party and invited loved ones alike also have the option of staying in the hotel for a weekend of true luxury. To make getting ready a breeze, they also offer dressing rooms. Both ceremonies and receptions can be held here, in addition to the rehearsal dinner, giving couples a one-stop location to host their wedding festivities.


What Couples are Saying:

“There are just so many amazing things to say about my experience at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Any event you are wanting to plan Melissa is your girl! She is helpful, informative, kind, caring, responsive, understanding, accommodating, all the things anyone would be looking for in someone who wants help planning any event! If it wasn’t for Melissa we would be going somewhere else and not because the Congress isn’t nice but she sold us! Every step of the way she was there with her smile and readiness to figure out and accomplish any and all tasks! Love her, love the experience, love the staff! This is the place you want to be!!!!!!! If I could give her and my experience more than 5 starts I would! I can not wait to stay there again or host any other event so work with her and her staff again!” – D D


“Melissa was amazing to work with! She was so sweet and made us feel so important on our wedding day. She was very quick to respond to all of our questions leading up to the event and made sure to go over everything we may have not thought of. All of our guests had the best time thanks to all the wonderful staff at the Congress Plaza Hotel!” – Caroline B


“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!” -Rustin G