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Chicago Getaway Hostel

616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago, USA
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  • 85%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 90%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:

Chicago Getaway Hostel has the friendly atmosphere of a hostel with the style, comfort and service of a boutique hotel. Meeting other travelers is easy in our spacious, modern common areas, gourmet kitchen and outdoor patio. Our newly renovated rooms offer a choice of dorm accommodations or private rooms - many with ensuite baths. We are located in a youthful neighborhood near hundreds of bars and restaurants, just a short walk from Chicago's lakefront beaches and within quick and easy reach of the city's most popular attractions.

We offer discount museum passes and limited parking available for $28 per night. We don't charge any hidden membership fees.

At Chicago Getaway Hostel, we encourage our guests to mingle and have a great time. We allow alcohol and host an array of weekly guest events, including our free weekend bar-b-ques, pub crawls, blues club tour and much more.

Best of all, we really know Chicago and love helping our guests experience the city from a local's perspective. Stay with us and see why Chicago Getaway Hostel is the most popular and highest-rated hostel in Chicago!

Please note that you must be 18 years old to register at the Chicago Getaway Hostel. For persons under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by someone 21 years or older. A valid state or government I.D. is required.
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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. During our summer months, we also give you a bonus of a BBQ on Fridays and Saturday's included in the price. Winters we provide you with a Saturday evening 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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      Mathew, General Manager
  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Excellent place to stay, would highly recommend to anyone heading to Chicago. Great location, close to everything.
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      , Australia
  • Latest Review

    Only complaint was the toilet never worked right in the room
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      Anonymous, USA, Couple, 41+
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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
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meeting Room

Hostel Awards

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

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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 added to the listed room rate. Please note that we do not allow guests from the Chicago area to stay at Chicago Getaway Hostel. If the zip code on your ID starts with a 60, you cannot stay with us. Please note that there is a maximum stay in our dormitories of 14 nights.

Chicago Getaway Hostel Located at 616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago.
Chicago Getaway Hostel
Chicago IL IL/60614 616 West Arlington Place, Chicago
89% 1848
41.9267170 -87.6444780
Chicago Getaway Hostel
    Rooms available     Deluxe 8 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite     10 Bed Female Dorm     4 Bed Male Dorm     Deluxe 7 Bed Male Dorm Ensuite     11 Bed Male Dorm     Twin Private Shared Bathroom     Deluxe Twin Private Shared Bathroom     Standard Twin Private Shared Bathroom     Standard 4 Bed Private Shared Bathroom     Deluxe 4 Bed Private Shared Bathroom     Superior 4 Bed Private Ensuite
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