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
  • Socialising
  • Relaxing

Green rating



When we got there, the receptionist said our beds were ready, but when we got to our room, mine was not. They fixed it in a few hours so it wasn't that bad. Also, this was not necessarily the hostel's fault, but two of our dorm mates invited a man into our girl's only dorm. Kind of odd, but I understand the hostel could not have foreseen this or done anything at the time.


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Wed 15 Apr 2015

The hostel staff was excellent as usual. Something that might improve sleep comfort is posting more obvious "quiet time" signs in the rooms, reminding roommates not to disturb sleepers during late hours. A light switch by the door that turns on a small light would also be helpful, so that late arriving roommates don't need to turn on the bright overhead lights.


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Tue 14 Apr 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Millenium park, the Art Institute, the Architecture Foundation.

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Tue 22 Apr 2014

Nightlife & entertainment tip

reggies rock bar

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Mon 12 May 2014