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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Cancellations must be received 30 days prior to arrival. If group is booked short term or within a 30 day window, alternative options may be available.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Chicago Getaway Hostel requires a 50% pre-payment at reservation booking and the balance upon arrival. We pre-key groups and provide maps, local information and great service.

Additional Info:

We look forward to working with your group. Our rates include continental breakfast and wireless internet access. We have flexible terms and offer group rates.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Chicago Getaway Hostel

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Chicago Getaway Hostel was rated the 4th Best Extra Large Hostel in the World in 2011 Hoscars and the 7th in 2013, it's not difficult to see why. This bright, airy, spacious and modern hostel has recently remodeled dorms with a lamp and outlet for each bed and has a new color scheme identifying with their social, sophisticated, savvy motto. 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 and night events.

Property Description

Chicago Getaway Hostel is located in the heart of the Windy City’s chic Lincoln Park neighborhood. Our hostel features 119 rooms and accommodates up to 459 guests. We have a variety of accommodations from mixed dorm rooms with shared bathrooms or intimate private rooms, many with full, half or shared bathrooms.

Our hostel serves complimentary breakfast which features a cereal bar, fresh fruit, oatmeal and coffee. Our restaurant grade kitchen features all the tools you’d need to make a gourmet meal. We offer a great atmosphere and are happy to recommend a host of activities at our hostel or steps from our doors. The hostel offers fresh popcorn and nightly “Prime Time” viewings in its media room as well as other organized on-property experiences.

The hostel is within walking distance of the best restaurants, pubs, and music venues in Lincoln Park. Our neighborhood is home to the historic Lincoln Park Zoo, DePaul University and North Avenue Beach. In addition, our hostel is near public transportation connecting you to the best Chicago attractions. Our team is happy to sell tickets to Chicago’s hottest attractions like the Skydeck, The Field Museum and the John Hancock Observatory.

Our guests rave that our location and affordable stays can’t be beat! Let our team act as your concierge to the city so you can explore and experience Chicago like a local. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Our Amenities Include:
- Free wireless internet and computer stations
- Complimentary daily breakfast
- Free housekeeping and linens
- Air conditioning and radiator heat
- Guitars
- 24/7 front desk
- Secured key card access
- Iron and ironing board upon request
- Hair dryers upon request
- Elevator and guest bathroom on each floor

Additional Amenities: (Fee applies)
- Luggage storage (at check-out)
- Mini-fridge
- Vending machines
- On-site guest laundry
- Bike rentals
- Parking
- Locks for guest lockers

Please note this Hostel policies before booking:
- 72 hours Cancellation policy.
- We cannot guarantee bunk bed placement (top or bottom).
- Check-In: 3pm
- Check-Out: 11am
- Minimum Age to register in dorms is 18.
- Guests under 18 are welcome in our private rooms while accompanied by a guest 21 years or older.
- Guests residing in a US zip code that begins with “60” will not be permitted.
- A valid state ID or passport is required at arrival
- Payment is collected in full at check-in
- Taxes of 17.4% will be added to the “due at arrival” fee on your confirmation.
- We have a maximum stay of 7 nights. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    13 Nov 2021
    Installations were amazing. It felt super cozy. Everything was really clean and organized. People where really nice. We stayed for one night! Totally worth it
    Colombia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    14 Dec 2021
    Everything very good !
    Mexico, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    04 Dec 2021
    I was SO satisfied with my stay, my only small complaint with the value for the money is that the air conditioning was not the best in the 4 person private suite and I would expect a little bit better for the price. Other than that I can't stop raving about how cool this place and the staff were! Also in a prime location to really get a feel of the city and we were in walking distance of a lot of cool Lakeview places I was excited to see.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    06 Nov 2021
    My main concerns in hostels are cleanliness, location and noise. On these aspects the Getaway is 5 stars. Little notes: in the room I stayed, there was no shelves, tables or any flat surface to use as support when you're organizing your things. Not even in the bathroom or shower. I'm also a very good sleeper and nothing bothers me, but the mattress on my bed wasn't the firmest. Might be different in every bed. Anyway, still a great place to stay, I'm very satisfied and will stay there again!
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    04 Nov 2021
    This was a fantastic place to stay in Chicago. Lincoln Park is beautiful. The L is a little less than half a mile walk from the hostel, with about a 20 or so minute ride to downtown. There's a good coffeeshop, Collectivo, right around the corner on Clark. And Walgreens is close as well. I stayed in the mixed dorms and had no issues other than the typical not-so-comfortable bed. Everything was pretty clean.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    12 Nov 2021
    This hostel was great and in a good location. My friend and I booked a private room and were on the third floor. Two of the showers, in the front, of the ladies bathroom didn't turn on really. The water just dripped but the back two worked perfectly so there was no issue. We ended up having to leave our bags the last day while waiting for our flight which was $2/bag. Overall, no complaints and I would stay here again!
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.1


    27 Oct 2021
    I had a great little stay at this hostel and will likely be back. I come through Chicago for work and having this place as an option to stay at is great. I had my own room cause y'all must be in a slow season, which was so nice. I wish your parking was cheaper and your quarter machine was working for laundry I got by. Also the guy at the front desk with the weird dyed hair was so cute, hi.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    10 Nov 2021
    Hostel was clean and included free breakfast which seemed cool for the price. I stayed in a 4 bed room and was very spacious. Booked 4 nights originally, but couldn't  stay 2 of the nights for personal reasons. So, I told the stuff in the front desk in advanced. I mentioned to them that I had left some clothes on my bed  trying to avoid someone could take my bed since this was already fully paid. However, after coming back to the hostel for my last night, I found out my clothes were gone.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    24 Oct 2021
    Shower makes up for itchy bed Breakfast area is clean Gossip makes the experience unbearable Mildew smell from guests must be managed
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    23 Dec 2021
    I'm still becoming a more experienced hostel visitor. I think my biggest complaint about this booking is the private dorm is described as a 3 bed private but it's two beds that sleeps a total of three. Perhaps most hostels state "beds" as the number of people that can be technically slept but I would define a three bed room as three separate bed units. Semantics matter despite a community standard in my opinion. So yeah I slept on their not terribly comfortable floor and gave my buddies the bed
    USA, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Flexible NRR
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Express check-in / out
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2014

    9th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2013

    7th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2012

    4th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel


  • 2012

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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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. Mathew, General Manager