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Featured Hostels in Chicago

HI Chicago
1.5 out of 5
24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL
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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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,622 reviews)

"I liked everything about it. The 2nd floor with all the activities"…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

HI Chicago
Chicago Getaway Hostel
2 out of 5
616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL
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The price is $47 per night

Located in Lincoln Park, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lincoln Hall and DePaul University-Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Zoo and Briar Street Theatre ...

4/5Very Good! (1,888 reviews)

"Had a great stay here. Awesome travelers, excellent staff. Would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Chicago Getaway Hostel
Wrigley Hostel
1.5 out of 5
3514 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
The price is $51 per night

Located in Lakeview, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and Lincoln Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

3.9/5Very Good! (312 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay at the Hostel. Not far from the train station, really clean and good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Wrigley Hostel
Chicago Parthenon Hostel
2 out of 5
310 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
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The price is $90 per night

Located in Near West Side, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of 311 S Wacker Dr, University of Illinois Chicago, and UIC Pavilion. Chicago Riverwalk and ...

3.7/5Good! (37 reviews)

"I liked how it was attached to a pub and there was a free breakfast and nice staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Holiday Jones
1.5 out of 5
1659 W Division Street, Chicago, IL
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Located in Wicker Park, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Concord Music Hall, Chicago Riverwalk, and Water Tower Place. Chicago Theatre and Lincoln Park Zoo ...

4.2/5Excellent! (265 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

Holiday Jones
Urban Holiday Lofts
1.5 out of 5
2014 W Wabansia, Chicago, IL
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Located in Wicker Park, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Concord Music Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chicago Riverwalk and Lincoln Park Zoo. DePaul University-Lincoln ...

3.9/5Good! (104 reviews)

"Nice hotel close to shopping center and transportation excellent customer service excellent housekeeping people and also nice people working here very helpful and very good and nice manager always ready to help you with anything 5 stars hotel"…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2018

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is $76 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,901 reviews)

"I had a good stay! Will be returning back when I visit Chicago in the future."…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is $61 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (3,154 reviews)

"I loved the view and I loved the kindness of the staff"…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
3 out of 5
152 E Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is $101 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,605 reviews)

"This place is awesome even with the pandemic my stay here was just incredible"…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
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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.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Chicago?
If you’re in the market for somewhere affordable to stay in Chicago, one of its 6 hostels could be a great choice. By choosing a hostel you can cut your spending on accommodations and save more of your budget for fun things to do during your vacation. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its theaters and museums.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dorm-style accommodations all feature shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms), low prices, and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in Chicago?
Ready to book a hostel? These options have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to start looking: Chicago Getaway Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Lincoln Hall. Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with desks. HI Chicago - Located within a 5-minute walk of Grant Park and State Street. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a restaurant. Rooms come with towels, showers, and free toiletries. Wrigley Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Addison Station (Red Line). Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a bar. You’ll find towels and coffee/tea makers in all rooms. Chicago Parthenon Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of UIC-Halsted Station and Clinton Station (Blue Line). You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with showers, lockers, and linens. Urban Holiday Lofts - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Damen Station. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. You’ll find towels and linens in all rooms.
What's the seasonal weather like in Chicago?
The weather can be a big factor when you’re experiencing new places, so here’s some information about the seasons: The hottest months are usually July and June with an average temp of 72°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 30°F. Average annual rainfall for Chicago is 39 inches.
What is there to see and do in Chicago?
Overall, Chicago is known for its skyscrapers, theaters, and architecture. Major attractions include Millennium Park, Chicago Theatre, and Willis Tower. Get out into nature with places like Chicago Riverwalk, Grant Park, and Douglas Park. Cultural attractions include Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and Rosemont Theatre.
What's the best way to get around Chicago?
You can search for flights to the closest airport, which is Chicago, IL (ORD-O’Hare Intl.), located 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away. An alternative is Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), which is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) away. After you’ve arrived, you might want to use public transit to get around. Nearby metro stations include Monroe Station (Red Line), Monroe Station (Blue Line), and Adams-Wabash Station. To check out more of the area, hop on a train at Millennium Station, Chicago Van Buren Street Station, or Chicago Union Station.

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