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Chicago Getaway Hostel

616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago, USA
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  • 88%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Chicago Getaway Hostel was rated the 4th Best Extra Large Hostel in the World at the 2011 Hoscars and it's not difficult to see why. This bright, airy, spacious and modern hostel had a large kitchen, dorms split by gender and 'plenty of storage space', as one Hostelworld guest told us. It's located a short walk from the lake and just 10 minutes from Fullerton subway station connecting directly to the downtown area. We like their friendly staff, who are knowledgeable about Chicago and organise daily activities.

Property Information:

Welcome to Chicago Getaway Hostel located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Our hostel features 115 rooms and accommodates up to 338 guests. We have a wide variety of room offerings from large dorms to intimate private rooms, many with en-suite bathrooms.

Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants, pubs, music venues and is along the banks of Lake Michigan. The historic Lincoln Park zoo is located a short walk away, as is DePaul University and let’s not forget the wonderful beaches nearby.

We offer a great atmosphere with outings daily to places like Kingston Mines – a great blues club to our regular pub crawls, comedy nights, free meals & BBQ’s, bike rides and a whole lot more. We’re always trying to save you money and time and offer many discounted attraction passes, transit passes and the ability to keep your workout routine while on the move. We also offer private parking on site, free housekeeping service, linens and towels and complimentary fast WI-FI around the building.

You’ll love our free daily breakfast featuring items that appeal to kosher, gluten free and daily free diets. We have hot food too, including scrambled eggs and make- your- own- waffles. Our restaurant grade kitchen features everything you’ll need to make a gourmet meal – and for those of you who like to grill outdoors, we have you covered there too.

Our staff all knows and loves the city of Chicago – this will enable you to experience Chicago like a local! We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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  • Chicago Getaway Hostel says

    I think we offer some great extras to our guests, like our continental buffet breakfast, which includes coffee, fresh fruit, cereal, breakfast breads and more. We also offer discounted museum and attraction tickets, bike rentals, and daily social events. We also give you a bonus of one free meal weekly. In the summer it's a BBQ and in winter a warm meal.
    What a lot of people don't know about our hostel is that it was originally built in 1928 as part of the Eleanor Foundation in order to provide affordable housing for women coming into the city and entering the workforce. Nearly 84 years later, we're still offering affordable lodging in an amazing and historic neighbourhood.
    In my opinion, there's three places that you can't leave Chicago Getaway Hostel without checking out. The first is Kingston Mines a legendary Blues bar located a few blocks away. Secondly, you can't leave Chicago without trying Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza. Thirdly, you haven't lived until you've had a Chicago hot dog from Chicago's Dog House. These three places will make your trip unforgettable.
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  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Best hostel that I've ever stayed in! Almost feels like a hotel, but better. Free breakfast, huge common areas, great porch, they even had a free BBQ! You'll never get this experience in a hotel. I highly recommend this place!
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  • Latest Review

    Good hostel, I did not find the atmosphere great but maybe it was because the time of the year. It's a big, well prepared hostel, has all services you need. Did not love to have to pass by main door to got to bathroom but I think only 2 rooms are in such location. Overall it is a solid choice for a hostel.
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine

Hostel Awards

  • 2014 9th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2013 7th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2012 4th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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  • Age Restriction
  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

-Taxes of 16.4% will be collected on all room rates. (17.4% as of 5/1/2016) - We welcome guests from everywhere outside of a postal code beginning with 60. - At check in, guests must present a valid Passport or Government Issued ID. - Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. - Guests under 18 permitted only in private rooms unless an entire dorm is rented. -Chicago Getaway Hostel has a 14 day maximum stay in dormitories in a 30 day period and a 28 day maximum in private rooms in a 30 day period

Chicago Getaway Hostel Located at 616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago.
Chicago Getaway Hostel
Chicago IL IL/60614 616 West Arlington Place, Chicago
89% 2247
41.9267170 -87.6444780
Chicago Getaway Hostel
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