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HI Chicago
HI Chicago
1.5 out of 5.0 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago
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4.3/5 (1,289 reviews)

great experience overall - friendly and helpful staff

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019
Located in The Loop, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Roosevelt University and Art Institute of Chicago. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within ...
Chicago Getaway Hostel
Chicago Getaway Hostel
1.5 out of 5.0 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago
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4.1/5 (1,557 reviews)

The staffs are nice, good location and it’s definitely worth for the price!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
Located in Lincoln Park, this hostel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lincoln Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park. Merchandise Mart is 2.9 mi ...
Wrigley Hostel
Wrigley Hostel
1.5 out of 5.0 3514 N. Sheffield, Chicago
4.0/5 (243 reviews)

Never stayed in a hostel before but it was nice inside and check in/ out was super easy, and the people and staff were all friendly

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2018
Located in Wrigleyville, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vic Theatre, Wrigley Field, and Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Zoo and Magnificent Mile are also within ...
Holiday Jones
Holiday Jones
1.5 out of 5.0 1659 W Division Street, Chicago
4.2/5 (197 reviews)

excellent location if you're into record stores, not-chain coffee, brunch, vintage clothing, and fancy barbers. my full size bed was comfy but my roommate's was not. Clean hostel, everything but the stairwell's updated and lovely. Appreciated the availability of empanadas and espresso, but you might ...

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019
Located in Wicker Park, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Union Park, Willis Tower, and Skydeck Ledge. University of Illinois Chicago and Magnificent Mile ...
Urban Holiday Lofts
Urban Holiday Lofts
1.5 out of 5.0 2014 W Wabansia, Chicago
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3.8/5 (97 reviews)

My 2nd time stay at this hostel. The location is excellent which it is near the CTA station (go to O'hare quickly) and there are many bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room is clean, comfortable and has lots of power outlets. Still the breakfast options ...

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018
Located in Wicker Park, this spa hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Steppenwolf Theatre, Magnificent Mile, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Merchandise Mart is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

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Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

17 E Monroe St, Chicago
    4.0 out of 5.0
    4.2 out of 5 (11,369 reviews)

    Palmer House a Hilton Hotel$103

    Palmer House a Hilton Hotel$103
    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Congress Plaza Hotel

    520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
      3.5 out of 5.0
      3.6 out of 5 (3,853 reviews)

      Congress Plaza Hotel$79

      Congress Plaza Hotel$79

      What Is a Hostel?

      If you're hoping to find low-cost places to stay in Chicago, a hostel in town might be a great option for you. No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature the following:

      • Shared rooms (though many have private options too)
      • Budget prices
      • A social setting

      Hostels are a great way to stay in Chicago for a good value, so you can save your money for going out. You can check out the theaters and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.

      Hostels in Chicago

      Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to start:

      Chicago Getaway Hostel - Located within a 20-minute walk of Lincoln Park Zoo. Property features include free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with desks.

      HI Chicago - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Harold Washington Library Station and Harrison Station. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers and hair dryers.

      Urban Holiday Lofts - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Damen Station. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with towels and linens.

      Holiday Jones - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Division Station. Property features include free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a bar. You'll find desks in all rooms.

      Wrigley Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Addison Station. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a bar, and a shared/communal kitchen. You'll find towels and coffee/tea makers in all rooms.

      When Is the Best Time to Visit Chicago?

      Good weather's definitely a plus when you're experiencing new places, so here are some stats that may be helpful:

      • The hottest months are typically July and June, while January and February are the coldest months
      • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 53° F and nighttime temperatures average 18° F
      • April-June: 84° F is the daytime average and 36° F is the nighttime average
      • July-September: Daytime averages are around 85° F and nighttime averages are around 51° F
      • October-December: The average temperatures are 69° F during the day and 19° F at night
      • Average rainfall is 39.02 inches in a year

      What Can I Do in Chicago?

      Depending on what you're interested in, you might appreciate these places:

      Top Sights
      • Millennium Park
      • Willis Tower
      • Skydeck Ledge
      Natural Features
      • Grant Park
      • Lincoln Park
      • Chicago Riverwalk
      Cultural Attractions
      • Chicago Cultural Center
      • Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre
      • Chicago Theatre

      Overall, Chicago is known for its:

      • Skyscrapers
      • Theater
      • Architecture
      • Museums
      • Art
      • Monuments
      • Entertainment
      • Shopping

      How to Get to Chicago and Around the Area

      You can fly into the nearest airport in Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), located 8.6 mi (13.9 km) away from the city center. An alternative is Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), situated 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away. After you've arrived, you may want to use public transit during your trip. Nearby metro stations include Monroe Station, Monroe Station, and Adams-Wabash Station. To check out more of the surrounding area, take a train from Millennium Station, Chicago Van Buren Street Station, or Chicago Union Station.