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



In suite with one bath and 2 bedrooms, you must take your key to the bathroom to avoid becoming locked from your bedroom. Also remember a padlock for your large, personal locker. The breakfast and meeting area on the second floor is excellent. The location is outstanding for transportation and proximity to State Street and the Art Institute of Chicago. Private rooms for men would be a welcome addition.


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Fri 27 Mar 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

Visit Giordanos for wonderful deep dish pizza and the gluten free alternative.

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Thu 08 Jan 2015