Featured Hostels in Chicago

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HI Chicago
HI Chicago
1.5 out of 5.0 24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL
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4.3/5 (996 reviews)

Was so incredible! Even during the pandemic the took precautions and made sure everything and I honestly mean everything is sterilised and ready! Had such a great experience

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hostel is steps from Roosevelt University and State Street. Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago are also within 5 ...
Chicago Getaway Hostel
Chicago Getaway Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL
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3.8/5 (998 reviews)

Check in at any time. Clean and well furnished place with friendly staff. Breakfast was a bit lacking but I can't really complain because the stay was so good for the price.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020
Located in Lincoln Park, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lincoln Hall and DePaul University-Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Zoo and Park West are also within ...
Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Chicago Parthenon Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 310 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
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3.7/5 (43 reviews)

Very nice location and very clean!!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020
Located in Near West Side, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of 311 S Wacker Dr, University of Illinois Chicago, and Willis Tower. UIC Pavilion and Skydeck ...
Wrigley Hostel
Wrigley Hostel
1.5 out of 5.0 3514 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
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3.9/5 (318 reviews)

Beautiful old building! Cool space. Every one was nice andrespectful and it was actually quiet during quiey hours!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020
Located in Lakeview, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and DePaul University-Lincoln Park are also ...
Holiday Jones
Holiday Jones
1.5 out of 5.0 1659 W Division Street, Chicago, IL
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4.2/5 (266 reviews)

Great fun looking place. Everything was clean. Shower was hot with grear water pressure. Definitely will stay again if needed. Fun part of town.

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020
Located in Wicker Park, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Union Park, United Center, and Concord Music Hall. Chicago Riverwalk and John Hancock Center are ...

Alternative Accommodations – Hostels

 

Best Hostels in Chicago

 

Travel is all about experiences, whether you’re trekking across the world or just miles away from home. And while you may think of backpacking students when cheap hostels come to mind, modern-day hostels appeal to a much more diverse group of people. Hostels are traditionally beloved as a great way to meet fellow travelers and as a more affordable option to hotels. They’re the perfect place to rest for the night and then get up and go on your next day of exploring Chicago and beyond.

 

What is the difference between a hostel and a hotel?

 

It’s customary for hostels to contain multiple bunk beds in a dorm-style room to be shared with friends (or strangers). So, can couples stay in hostels? The short answer is yes. Some of the best hostels in the world (and maybe even in Chicago) are private room hostels that feature larger beds and more privacy. There are even bookable accommodations that offer family hostel rooms that provide even more space. Hostels are more commonly found internationally, but USA hostels are beginning to pop up around the country.

If secluded quarters and quiet accommodations are a priority to you during your travels, there are boutique and luxury hostels that offer upgraded private rooms, elevated décor, and higher end amenities. It’s possible to get the affordability and energy of a hostel with some elements of privacy that you’d usually only find by staying in a hotel.

 

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