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
My mother and I absolutely enjoyed every aspect of our stay except one. The room we were staying in (304) was unbearably cold and we could not get it any warmer no matter what we did. A few of the other women in the room also commented on it and we even tried to change the thermostat but it was very hard to access behind one of the beds and did not adjust easily. Even with the extra blankets we were shivering at times. We loved everything else! It was our first time at a hostel and would return!
Thu 03 Sep 2015
The Field Museum, the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, or the Observatory, all a short walk away.
Wed 26 Nov 2014
Budget meal tip
There's a great brunch restaurant just near the hosteling, very healthy and delicious.
Sat 10 Jan 2015