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
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



This place is the best. The private room I reserved was at hostel prices, but was in a private suite, with a kitchen and bathroom shared only by one other room of two people! I could sleep easily without the normal chaotic hostel noise. The staff were very friendly. The hostel hosts free events throughout the week, including a happy hour, a dinner, and a walking tour. The building is very ecologically friendly, and the common areas are comfortable, relaxing, and very conducive to socializing.


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Sat 29 Aug 2015

Everything was great, including the generous breakfast each morning. The hostel is spacious and has many facilities, including the restrooms and showers in each cluster/area. The location is perfect -- right in the heart of downtown. What more could one want? A great place to stay. Thanks.


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Sat 29 Aug 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

The Field Museum, the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, or the Observatory, all a short walk away.

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Wed 26 Nov 2014

Budget meal tip

There's a great brunch restaurant just near the hosteling, very healthy and delicious.

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Sat 10 Jan 2015