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



excellent setup in rooms, with small details like shelf attached to bunk, lights at each bunk, outlet at each bunk, clothes hooks. I don't care for the music blaring in common areas and the grey dark decor. Helpful staff. Spacious in rooms and comfortable mattresses.


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Sat 18 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