Located in the heart of downtown Chicago in a vibrant university district, HI Chicago hostel is America’s second largest hostel, offering comfortable and contemporary accommodation in an historic building. It has excellent transport links, is very close to Lake Michigan and within walking distance of Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.

Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the building, free daily continental breakfast, a big self-service kitchen, two cafes, weekly welcome receptions with ice cream or cookies and free daily activities to explore the city with fellow travellers including pub crawls, walking tours, outings to blues and jazz clubs and festivals.

HI Chicago hostel also offers discounts to many of Chicago's best attractions, including Chicago Architecture Foundation, Bobby's Bike Hike, Sears Tower and Hancock Observatory.

What travellers think...

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Culture

Green rating




Avatar for Drew


Mon 14 Apr 2014

For the price, this is a good place for students and people on budget Who don't mind sharing a room with others. The hostel is clean and the free breakfast is a huge plus. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place, especially the location in downtown also makes it ideal for torrists. The only thing I wish to have seen is for each bed to be provided with a separate wash cloth and soap. There was a towel n my bed but not a wash cloth.


Avatar for Elijah


Mon 14 Apr 2014

Travel tips...

Budget meal tip

Lou Malnati's for deep dish pizza

Avatar for Julia


Tue 23 Jul 2013

Where next?

Millenium Park. Take a seat and just people watch :-)

Avatar for LATOYA


Thu 10 Apr 2014