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

  • Culture
  • Sightseeing
  • Relaxing
  • Socialising

Green rating



I've only stayed in two hostels, both in the same weekend and both in Chicago. One was the worst living conditions I've ever seen, the other was exceptional. Hosteling international Is the latter! You have found a loyal patron and I cannot wait to come back. Rooms were spacious, environment was lively, college kids roaming about, games in the lounge, and FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET! Reminds me of one of the new dorms built at my college. Can't wait for my next stay.


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Mon 21 Apr 2014

The overall experience was a good one. The first bed I was assigned was dirty... as in the sheets were stained. I think regardless of whether it was a permanent stain or a fresh one the sheet shouldn't be used again. Although the building preached be green' I couldn't find a recycling bin for plastic in the lobby. The shower curtains in the dorm rooms weren't very effective.


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Sun 20 Apr 2014

Travel tips...

Budget meal tip

Lou Malnati's for deep dish pizza

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Tue 23 Jul 2013

Where next?

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

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Thu 10 Apr 2014