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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? 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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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HI Chicago, The J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

Experience the excitement of Chicago at this beautiful historic hostel, offering comfortable and contemporary accommodations in the heart of downtowns thriving university district. A place where you can learn and play, meeting other travelers from all over the world while breaking down the walls of international communication while playing the universal equalizer: ping pong. When you're done you can share your experience with your friends and family back home on Skype with our free Wi-Fi. Share a meal, share a day, share an adventure, share a smile at the greatest Chicago hostel!

Hostelling International (HI) Chicago is one of America's best hostels offering safe, clean, quality accommodations. Spacious gender-separated dorm rooms with either 4, 8 or 10 beds, many with ensuite bathrooms. All dormitory rooms have individual lockers for personal belongings. The hostel also offers private rooms with ensuite bathrooms that share a kitchenette and lounge/seating areas.

The hostel is located within walking distance of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Michigan Avenue/Magnificent Mile shopping, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. All other attractions are just a short bus or train ride away. HI-Chicago is within 2 blocks of all the major train and bus lines to help get you anywhere easily within the city and to/from the airports.

What you can expect at HI-Chicago:
-FREE Daily continental breakfast, typical breakfast buffet includes: cereal, toast, cheese, fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea
-FREE WiFi throughout the building
-Bed linens, towels and pillows are provided
-FREE guided tours of the city
-FREE maps of Chicago as well as discounts to museums and attractions
-FREE daily activities to explore the city with fellow travelers including pub crawls, walking tours, outings to blues and jazz clubs, festivals, and much more!
-FREE weekly welcome receptions
-Body wash and shampoo provided in the showers
-Large, fully-equipped self-service kitchen
-Self-service laundry
-Lockers for each guest in dorm rooms (must provide your own lock)
-24-hour access, 365 days a year, NO CURFEW
-24 hour front desk and security
-Knowledgeable staff and volunteers to answer all your questions and give you local insiders tips
-International standards for comfort, cleanliness and security
-Computers with internet access for a nominal cost
-Fully wheelchair accessible
-NO age restriction - all ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
-Groups welcome (groups of 10 or more should contact our group sales department)

HI-Chicago is committed to being as environmentally-friendly as possible. Our goals to conserve energy and protect the environment include:
-Using a linen re-use program to conserve water (during a hosteller's stay, linens are washed only by request)
-Using paper that is from at least 30% recycled materials
-Recycling aluminum, glass, paper, plastic and cardboard
-Using LED light bulbs throughout the hostel
-Using environmentally-friendly cleaning products

Hostelling International is a non-profit membership based organization whose mission is to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. We have been promoting peace through hostelling since 1909. Non-members will be asked to pay a $4 daily membership fee per night upon check-in. You can visit the official website of Hostelling International USA for more information. City and state taxes of 17.4% are not included in the rates. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 Oct 2019
    It’s good hostel and in the good location.
    Thailand, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Sep 2019
    Amazing location, you can walk everywhere from the hostel. Breakfast was the best I’ve ever had in a hostel, so much choice and something for everyone. The whole hostel was really clean and professional. The range of activities and social events run by the hostel were great, lots of variety and all free or low cost. Really good value for money, I would recommend this to anyone. Can’t wait to come and visit again!
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    27 Sep 2019
    I have stayed here countkess times.The location is very convenient and central , with a major hub station of the 'el' and a big drugstore right nearby.The lounge area is huge , with ping ping and billiards tables.The dorms are very spacious.The breakfast is well above average , offering a variety of breads with the standard spreads plus 2 types of cheese , cold and hot cereal and hard boiled eggs. A template for hostels in general.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    25 Sep 2019
    The best hostel I've stayed in so far, everything's good except maybe too much security??
    Malaysia, Female, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    25 Sep 2019
    Almost perfect. Shared amenities clean, room clean but our shared bathroom needed to be cleaned.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    09 Oct 2019
    Good place to stay. Close to the metro and the parks/museum campus. Staff was super friendly and helpful when I locked myself out of my room. The vibe was a bit laid back than I would have expected but I think it was mainly because there were a lot of large groups of younger people there . Rooms and bathrooms were clean too. Overall thought it could have been a bit cheaper since not being super close to city center but, like I said, it wasn’t detrimental.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    24 Sep 2019
    It was nice staying at this hostel as it was very clean and friendly. Breakfast was provided everyday and the bed was nice and comfy. My only complaint would be the shower as it was a tight space and the water pressure on the shower head. They had also were in the middle of changing the door security so we were given extra cards in the end and weren't notified when the change happened until we saw the new keypad and our old card wasn't working.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    25 Sep 2019
    Was definitely a comfortable stay. No serious complaints at all. Would absolutely stay again.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    24 Sep 2019
    Selected hostel as the location and facilities were ideal. Hoping to meet other young travellers. Atmosphere: At any one time there could be young travellers, the elderly, families, businessmen & school kids. Made it difficult to meet other young travellers as the common areas were avoided. Who wants to play pool and have a drink with kids running around. Staff could make more effort in allocating rooms i.e.by age Avoid if you’re planning to meet other young travellers in the hostel.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    23 Sep 2019
    Had a problem with the key cards to our room. Hostel and room areas were clean although the bathrooms were full of other people’s hair! Breakfast was bland but what do you expect. Location hard to find in the dark!
    England, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2019

    4th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2018

    5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2016

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    10th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2013

    9th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2010

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 2010

    1st, Best Large Hostels

  • 2008

    Best Large Hostels

  • 2007

    Best Large Hostels

Nominations

  • 2012

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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