The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center: Our most recommended tours and activities

Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

See a different side of Chicago on a family-friendly guided tour and hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt the city. Explore the famous Chicago Loop district with interesting stories hidden behind each turn. Embark along the Chicago Loop, known as the vice district during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as Al Capone used to party, make deals, and carry out business. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes led by historians. Stop at the Congress Hotel, Death Alley, and the Palmer House. Enjoy a refreshment along with way, with frequent stops and a restroom break.

Chicago: Wind and Souls Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour

2. Chicago: Wind and Souls Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour

Enjoy a spine-tingling walking tour learning about Chicago's gruesome and haunting past with a local guide. Hear stories about paranormal activity in the Alley of Death, a librarian's spirit that haunts a local library, the ghost of Al Capone, and a hotel that is said to have inspired Steven King. Begin your tour at The Chicago Theater and hear the tragic story of how 602 people lost their lives at the Iroquois Theater in the 1903 fire. Continue walking to the nearby James M. Nederlander Theater and learn about the paranormal activity in the Alley of Death. Move on to the Chicago Cultural Center to hear about Frederick H. Hild, the second librarian in the history of Chicago's public library system, who is claimed to be haunting the local library.  Walk to nearby Lincoln Park and understand why it's considered to be more of a burial ground than an actual park. You will then stop by The Art Institute of Chicago and discuss how more than 300,000 items are considered to be haunted.  Then it's time to visit Congress Triangle Garden to view the Congress Plaza Hotel. Considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in the country, Congress Plaza Hotel is said to have served as a source of inspiration for a short story written by Stephen King. Complete your tour at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub, where you will hear about Al Capone's dark past, and how people claim his ghost haunts the entirety of Chicago.

Chicago: Family Friendly Ghost Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. Chicago: Family Friendly Ghost Walking Tour with Local Guide

Perfect for families, friends, or a combination of both, enjoy a spooky evening learning about Chicago's haunting past on a walking ghost tour with a local guide. Hear stories about America's first serial killer, the Devil Baby of Hull-House, and a hotel that is said to have inspired Steven King. Begin your tour at Cloud Gate, known as The Bean, to meet your guide and receive an introduction to the tour. Make your first stop at the Flying Dragon to hear about the Devil Baby of Hull-House, which is rumored to have inspired the film "Rosemary's Baby". Next, head over to the Chicago Stock Exchange Arch and learn about H. H. Holmes, considered to be America's first serial killer. Continue to the Abraham Lincoln statue and find out why Lincoln Park is considered more of a burial ground than an actual park. Then it's time to visit Congress Triangle Garden to view the Congress Plaza Hotel. Considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in the country, Congress Plaza Hotel is said to have served as a source of inspiration for a short story written by Stephen King. Further on your tour, learn about the Dearborn Massacre and American Gangster, John Dillinger. Conclude your tour at Buckingham Fountain to learn how the S. S. Eastland met a tragic end in the Chicago River.

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What people are saying about The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 455 reviews

Lizzy, our guide was so sweet! You walk through the beautiful city, stop here and there and listen to interesting facts and stories. Halfway through there‘s a break for getting some brownies and using the bathroom. Would definetly recommend! Lizzy always made sure everybody has a great time and no one gets lost and stays with the group. Loved it!

Loved this tour! Our tour guide was wonderful and super knowledgeable and engaging. The history of Chicago was very intriguing and it was so nice to be able to get out and safely explore at night. Loved every bit of the gangster history! Would definitely recommend!

Awesome tour! Learned a lot about the city itself and prohibition. Furthermore, Kai the tour guide know really everything about the city and you could ask her everything! Thanks for the nice tour

Fun way to spend time in Chicago! It was easy to keep up with and hear our guide, and she led us to gems in the city we wouldn't have found otherwise!

We had a great time. Our tour guide Kai was great, very knowledgeable and warm despite how cold it was walking around at night.