Willis Tower is the second tallest building in the U.S. and the sky deck is phenomenal. It’s extremely popular and always crowded so I recommend going on weekdays and early in the morning. #Chicago lake michigan, 2014 The Willoughby Tower(circa 1929) and the Legacy (circa 2009) although 80 years apart they share the Chicago's architectural landscape quite nicely. #Blue Formerly Navy Pier Rides. #colorful jellyfish swimming in display inside this famous aquarium The lighthouse just off the end of navy pier in Chicago. Very cool building on the river. Shot from the observation deck of Willis Tower.
#Chicago #Skyline #Marina #Illinois #Buildings
Iconic signage in Chicago. It's best to go when it's all lit up for the best shots. It was quite a rainy night in Chicago when I tried to take this shot. I was staying at the W hotel across the pier. Woke up at 5:30am to go to the pier to shoot #sunrise. #chicago #orange #NikonD7100 #Manfratto tripod #lighthouse #waterlust #colorful #nature #weekendgetaway #roadtrip using 10-stop ND exposed for 4sec Also taken from the Willis Tower (except this time from the south-west end), this picture shows suburban Chicago as the sun is almost done setting. This side of the tower is home to many glass-floor ledges that reach out into The sears tower makes you wait in lines, pay money to go up, and extra money to go up fast....the John Hancock just asks you to buy a drink, averaging $12.
But I was taken here rather then sears tower because of the drinks and the view is better then sears tower! And I was told many times, the ladies bathroom has the best view of all. So go get it ladies, because I didn't.
It was a dismal day. Cloudy, rainy, and windy. It snowed that morning, and was 80 degrees in southern states. But, as we sat talking in the clouds on the 96th floor the clouds separated for just a moment so we could see down to the streets below. It was great! To get a view from the sky top, I'd recommend this place over sears tower any day! View of fog rolling in over Chicago, from the observation deck of the John Hancock Centre. Meet sue. She is a T-Rex and the star the field museum and what you first see when entering from the North entrance.
Sue, when alive weighed an estimated 7 tons! She was bought at auction by the field museum for 7.6 million, the most paid for dinosaur bones to date.
Don't pass up the field museum when in Chicago, it is fascinating not only to see all the species, but also the natural history here. And when walking around, just think. It's only a minuscule amount of their entire collection. Sushi pizza at the restaurant in the Palmer House lobby. The Kinzie Rail Bridge is a common photo op for locals and tourists alike. Before they started building a set of sky scrapers on Wolf Point, I was able to get a shot of the bridge this was taken on the boat tour of the chicago river. getting out on the lake is the best way to see the skyline of Chicago
#architecture
#waterlust
#URBANJUNGLE So many movies show the L. It is above you walking around the city. The legendary sound of a train passing is unmistakable. It is a reason to visit the Windy City. It is one of the most unique transit systems in the world. When a train passes you can see sparks fly off the track.
I even took the L out of the city at 1 AM, when you get the best stories. Downtown Chicago skyline from Navy Pier and frozen Lake Michigan #snow The magnificent mile in Chicago is a great walk this was taken by the old Water Tower you can also see the John Handcock tower.
#architecture Great way to see the city, and have a cocktail.#Colorful#blue A jaw-dropping view from the mouth of the Chicago River looking back at the night skyline of Chicago after an architecture and fireworks boat tour from Shoreline Sightseeing.
http://shorelinesightseeing.com/ Night view of Chicago #aqua is such an amazing building in #chicago. Chicago River These are the lions of Tsavo, known as the man eaters that killed so many in the late 1800s'. The two seen here are the males. Which is interesting because they don't have mains. Lions in this area do not develop them. They are now on exhibit at the field museum in Chicago. If you have not read or heard about this story, you will want to read below! It is an an incredibly trying story.
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In 1898, Sir Robert Beaumont (Tom Wilkinson), the primary financier of a railroad project in Tsavo, Kenya, is furious because the project is running behind schedule. He seeks out the expertise of John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer), a military engineer, to get the project back on track. Patterson travels by train to Tsavo, where he meets supervisors Angus Starling (Brian McCardie) and Samuel (John Kani), a native African (and the film's narrator), and the doctor, David Hawthorne (Bernard Hill). Hawthorne tells Patterson of a recent lion attack. That night, Patterson kills an approaching lion with one shot, earning the respect of the workmen. The project gets back on schedule. However, not long afterwards Mahina (Henry Cele), the construction foreman, is dragged from his tent in the middle of the night. His half-eaten body is found the next morning. Patterson then attempts a second night-time lion hunt, but the next morning another worker is found dead at the opposite end of the camp from Patterson's position.
Patterson's only comfort now is the letters he receives from his wife. Soon, while the workers are gathering wood and building firepits around the tents, a lion attacks the camp in the middle of the day and while Patterson, Starling and Samuel are tracking the lion to one end of the camp as it feeds on a worker, another one surprises them when it jumps down from the roof of a building, surprising the men as it kills Sterling by slashing his throat and injuring Patterson, who attempts to kill them, but they both escape. Samuel explains that there has never been a pair of man-eaters before because they are always alone. The men, led by Abdullah (Om Puri), begin to turn on Patterson due to the lion attacks. The men dub the lions Summer nights and city lights. Check out 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the John Hancock building. If you feel extra daring hope on the Tilt and lean over the city through glass.
#travel #chicago #colorful #city #cityscape #sunset #skyscrapers #urban Gold coast area. Across street from sutton place hotel. Hugo's frog bar . Best steak and seafood in Chicago ! Giordano's Pizzeria is one of the best pizza experiences you can encounter in the world. Chicago deep dish style at its finest. #Delicious A snowy owl gazing back at me on a very frigid Winter day. I never get tired of looking for these amazing raptors. Head on up 94 floors to the 360 degree observation deck in the John Hancock building on Michigan Ave.
#chicago #illinois #cityscape #travel #colorful #night #dusk #blue One of the best views of the Chicago skyline. #alwayswanderlust A male lion taking a nap on a rock at the Zoo. Lincoln Park has giant moats around the lions and tigers so they are not surrounded by fences which is great for photography. This lion was entertaining a bunch of people who enjoyed his antics and playful charismatic personality. When these cats roar you can feel it at the core of your body. They are impressive animals. The view of the Chicago River from London House. #lifeatexpedia Chicago River looking eastward towards Michigan Avenue. #Blue Navy Pier in Chicago. #blackandwhite #weekendgetaway #NikonD7100 #architecture This is actually the view from the Signature Lounge (not the Signature Room) and is on the 96th floor of the Hancock Center. We waited about 20 minutes, and they do not take reservations. The view was undoubtedly worth it. Go right when the sun sets, and tons of tables will open up as people leave once they see the sun go down. Only Chicago's Lake Michigan is absolutely stunning, even when it’s frozen. Willis Tower’s Skydeck is a must when you’re visiting Chicago. Chicago in late April. It snowed on me one morning and rained the other 4 days. But still beautiful looking up at these towers growing up into the clouds. Love and marriage, love and marriage... Stunning view of downtown Chicago from the top of the Kemper building. Open to the public during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual (and FREE!) Open House event. Stop and smell the flowers.#Colorful Top of Carbide & Carbon Building. One of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Chicago.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbide_%26_Carbon_Building Bronze statue of Nathan Hale depicting the final moments of his life before he was hung by the British on Sept 22, 1776 for being a spy. Hands tied behind his back, he uttered his famous last words: Want to get a great view of Chicago? Walk up the Adler Planetarium pier at sunset and enjoy the show. Don't leave straight after the sun sets, let the lights come out and take it all in! If you want some of the best views of the city take a walk out to the planitarium. It is directly across the bay from sears tower and the hancock building. I ventured down onto the crumbling ice sheet that went out about 30 feet into the bay. Always beautiful to swing out over LakeMichigan at sunrise for the approach to Ohare. A view of the city 🌇 Pretty nice view !! Took me a minute to realize what I was looking at - we were flying east at sunset and that dark curving band was the shadow of the earth reflected on the atmosphere. We have flown plenty of times over the years, and this is the first time we've noticed it. It only lasted about ten minutes before darkness overtook the plane. The sears tower makes you wait in lines, pay money to go up, and extra money to go up fast....the John Hancock just asks you to buy a drink, averaging $12.
But I was taken here rather then sears tower because of the drinks and the view is better then sears tower! And I was told many times, the ladies bathroom has the best view of all. So go get it ladies, because I didn't.
It was a dismal day. Cloudy, rainy, and windy. It snowed that morning, and was 80 degrees in southern states. But, as we sat talking in the clouds on the 96th floor the clouds separated for just a moment so we could see down to the streets below. It was great! To get a view from the sky top, I'd recommend this place over sears tower any day! Windy City? The northern Chicago area with the Navy Pier from 1916, followed by the iconic John Hancock Center from 1968, as seen from the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
The multi-purpose pier was constructed as a cargo facility for lake freighters, as well as a docking space for passenger excursion steamers, and as a site for public gathering and entertainment Feeling blue is Chicago. On my way to the Sky deck in the Willis tower.
#travel #chicago #illinois #skydeck #street #colorful #blue #cityscape #city Back in the windy city.
#chicago #illinois #cityscape #travel #colorful #night #city #dusk #blue This shot was taken on the corner of Wabash & Congress Parkway. The Auditorium Theatre stands to the right of the CHICAGO! Alinea is a truly special dining experience, and lived up to it's 3-star Michelin rating. For over three hours we enjoyed 16 of chef Grant Achatz's carefully constructed More than 130 bricks, rocks, and steel artifacts collected by Chicago Tribune correspondents from all over the world are embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower. Famous sites represented in the collection include the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, Great Pyramid, The Alamo, Angkor Wat, Fort Sumter and Lincoln's home. More recent additions include the Berlin Wall and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
Included in this view are fragments from Bunker Hill, Fort Sumter, the Kremlin and the gate of the Union Stock Yards. The Trump International Hotel and Tower, or Trump Tower Chicago was completed in 2009 and tops out at 1,389 feet making it the 2nd tallest building in Chicago. The TRUMP sign across the building consists of 20ft tall letters, spanning almost 150ft. The sign is currently a very polarizing symbol in the skyline. The construction site of the tower was the setting for the Joker vs Batman duel in Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station. See ya tomorrow! ;) A beautiful lady enjoying the beach on the lakefront on a cold and windy day. A nice view of Chicago's downtown area. The John Hancock Center with its 344 m (1,127 ft) is currently only the fourth-tallest building in Chicago (after Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and Aon Center), but when finished in 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City.
The Observatory (360 Chicago), that competes with the Willis Tower's Skydeck where this shot was made, has a 360° view on the city, the Lake Michigan, and up to four states Mixing some old with new down on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL.
#travel #chicago #illinois #church #adventure #explore #colorful #city A yawning lion at Lincoln Park Zoo. This is a nice set of teeth. I had a 600 mm lens to get this shot. The best part about this zoo is the lions are tigers are not surrounded by cages and fence line to ruin the view. The first air conditioned office building in Chicago, the Wrigley Building. This is a close-up of the 30 story south tower completed in 1921. The tower has clock faces on all four sides each measuring nearly 20ft in diameter. The Carbide & Carbon Building in Chicago was completed in 1929. originally as a home to the regional office of Union Carbide and Carbon Company. This close up, near the top of 503ft building shows the tower made of dark green terra cotta with extensive gold leaf accenting. Its just wow This picture is taking from my friend apartment at the trump tower. Downtown Chicago Built in 1893 by wealthy patrons of the Chicago Athletic Association, this building's facade was designed in Venetian Gothic style to attract the attention of visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition. Specifically, the facade was modeled after the Doge's Palace in Venice (which is almost 700 years old).
The CAA occupied the building until it went bankrupt in 2007, and the building has been boarded up ever since, it's glorious marble, tile and mahogany interiors locked away. However, a recent venture is aiming to convert the building into a luxury hotel at the cost of about $60 million.
One more historic tidbit. Beginning in 1916, CAA member William Wrigley began acquiring shares of a North Side baseball team, and eventually expropriated the association logo to his new team. Although the CAA folded in 2007, it's logo lives on in the form of a red C set inside a blue circle - the official logo of the Chicago Cubs.
#Architecture Reflections - Chicago Architecture Foundation River Tour Chicago, Illinois at night.
Great city to explore either on foot or by using its great public transport system. Lots to see, from the jewelry and theater districts through to the aquarium. Be sure to catch a football game at Soldier Field, too! Froze my fingers taking this picture but it was worth it!
#snow #Chicago #brrr #cold #architecture
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calleyabroad.blogspot.com There are few venues more spectacular when it comes to views of the city of Chicago than Lake Michigan. Minus your own boat, Navy Pier (Chicago's #1 attraction) is you next best bet for managing some time on the water and the chance for some great photo ops.
Throughout the season, typically from May to October, speed boats, schooners, and small cruise ships offer a variety of options when it comes to securing a maritime excursion.
Bring your sweetheart or your camera for an unforgettable experience on Lake Michigan.
Learn more about Chicago's Navy Pier via my blog at http://www.aplacecalledroam.com/home/7-reasons-navy-pier-ischicagos-1-attraction. Chicago skyline from the lake dramatic and constantly changing views across lake michigan to city sklyine. GREAT walking spot. Fabulous view!#Colorful#blue Lakeshore Drive from the Hancock, North view 😍
I personally love the view from the Hancock Observation Deck. Chicago is a gorgeous city. The lighthouse past navy pier is pictured in the distance behind this ice encased tree that was very tall. The forces that created this scene are hard to imagine. Navy pier Chicago! Ceiling of the Cadillac palace ...great place to see a show. A view of the Chicago skyline from the North Avenue beach with fireworks at Navy Pier. This was taken on Sunday night just before the lunar eclipse. Luv the Chicago Riverwalk specially post sunset!! The wonderful Lake Michigan viewed from the iconic John Hancock Center, in Chicago.
I love this city! :)
#2014 #Blue . Flying in from our recent trip and I noticed an interesting view... One of the best cocktails here. It's called Barrel Depletions. Elderflower hibiscus infused in iced-wine and barrel genever. #colorful #delicious #foodporn #roadtrip #Chicago #weekendgetaway After walking through Millennium park we crossed the road. On the island I took this between lights, hand held camera, about a second exposure. Loved walking around city. I was walking along the lakefront looking for snowy owls when I stumbled on this amazing sight. These ice encased trees are at least 20 - 30 feet high and perched above a 10 foot tall breakwall that leads down to the beach. The waves that created these ice sculptures had to be at least 20 feet high with incredible amounts of spray. I framed the skyline behind the trees and shot away. The pictures do not do it justice. A door fragment from St. Peter's is embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower, just one of more than 130 bricks, rocks, and steel artifacts collected by Chicago Tribune correspondents from all over the world. Famous sites represented in the collection include the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, Great Pyramid, The Alamo, Angkor Wat, Fort Sumter and Lincoln's home. More recent additions include the Berlin Wall and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The main entry of this building typifies the Art Deco styling applied throughout the tower's 37 floors. Built in 1929, this historic structure stands out among the others on Michigan Avenue due to its dark appearance - most of the nearby buildings at that time were sandstone colored. To achieve the effect, the exterior surfaces were finished in polished black granite, dark green terra cotta and gold leaf accents. The gold accents are particularly prominent on the spire and upper levels - legend has it that the architects were hoping it would resemble a foaming dark champaign bottle.
Today, after a $106 million renovation, the building is home to the Hard Rock Hotel.
#Architecture Chicago #architecture photo contest
If you're lucky (I.e. Have a window seat on the right side of the plane and the plane approaches on the right flight path) you can score a great view of Chicago like this!! We circles around the city, which provided spectacular views of the main building district, including the prominent Sears/Willis tower seen here. It was a lovely sunset One of the best views of the Chicago skyline! This is the sunset view from the Signature Room at the Hancock Towers in Chicago, IL.
We waited about 45 minutes in line for the elevator to take us up. We hate lines and almost gave up, but I am surely glad we didn't. The views were stunning.
We timed our arrival to be just before sunset. What a rewarding view!!
Just a quick note: You do not have to eat at the Signature Room to get this view. Feel free to go to the Signature Lounge, which is Looking over Chicago at twilight from the John Hancock Center
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Get an overview of this hotelHistoric Chicago hotel across from Grant Park

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Business center
Laundry facilities
24/7 Desk

Location

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

Property Amenities

The public areas of Congress Plaza feature ornate chandeliers, statuary, and murals; a lounge and two restaurants are on site.

Guestrooms

Congress Plaza Hotel's guestrooms offer free wireless and wired Internet access and cable TV; many have Chicago or Lake Michigan views.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Across the street from Grant Park, this downtown Chicago hotel was originally built in 1893 to accommodate visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition. The hotel offers 2 restaurants, a lounge, gift shop, and barber shop. 25 meeting rooms cover nearly 50,000 square feet (about 4,600 square meters) of function space, including a ballroom for groups of up to 2,000. The hotel's Gold Room, currently used for banquets and other formal events, has a vaulted ceiling, chandeliers, and gold-leaf trim. Wired and wireless Internet access is available throughout the property, free of charge.

  • Express check-in 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Business center 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Meeting rooms 20 
  • Year Built 1893 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 4645 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 50000 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Total number of rooms - 870 
  • Number of floors - 14 
  • Wedding services 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Multilingual staff 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 

Where to Eat

Gazebo Restaurant - Casual ambience, American cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Rafael Steak House - Serving Midwestern cuisine. Open late afternoon through late evening for dinner only.

Congress Lounge - Located just off the lobby. Cocktails, beer, wine, and light fare. Open daily.

Nearby Things to Do

A fitness center on the lower level of the Congress Plaza Hotel is open 24 hours a day.

Guests can run, walk, bicycle, or skate on a path that runs along Lake Michigan for 20 miles. It's accessed via Grant Park, across the street from the hotel. Bikes, in-line skates, and pedal-powered buggies can be rented at several beachfront locations. During the summer, Oak Street Beach, about two miles north, is a popular swimming spot when lifeguards are on duty. Canoeing, kayaking, and rowing equipment is available for rent at the Lincoln Park Boathouse, four miles north of the hotel. A public golf course is located six miles north.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.00 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 25.00 per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 16 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 44.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 49.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Early check-in fee: USD 49.00
  • Late check-out fee: USD 59.00
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 10.00 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Congress Hotel
  • Congress Hotel Plaza
  • Congress Plaza
  • Congress Plaza Chicago
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  • Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago
  • Hotel Congress Plaza
  • Plaza Congress Hotel
  • Congress Hotel Chicago

We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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