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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."

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


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

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

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

In 2021, Hostelling International became a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI), led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read about our commitments here

Experience the excitement of Chicago at this beautiful historic hostel, offering comfortable and contemporary accommodations in the heart of downtown�s 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 shared ensuite bathrooms that also 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 WiFi throughout the building
-Bed linens, towels and pillows are provided
-FREE maps of Chicago
-Body wash and shampoo provided in the showers
-Large, 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 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 8.7

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Nov 2021
    I was only there for two nights to see Bob Dylan, but had a wonderful stay. I loved that you are right next door to Auditorium Theater! I liked the proximity to Grant Park, Chess Records and Buddy Guys Legends! I had forgotten what a beautiful and happening place Chicago is!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    20 Nov 2021
    Argentina, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    16 Nov 2021
    Love this place! I stayed in a personal room without bunkees and was great. I usually stay in the dorms and in previous stays here, that was wonderful as well I really tried to find something to complain about and couldn't. Maybe that the price could be a tad lower, but really the deal you're getting is a great one. All clean, cool, vibey, great location, all the amenities and more than other hostels in major cities in US. Windows didn't open, but lots of temp control throughout.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    05 Nov 2021
    This location offered ease of mind with safety in an ideal spot to explore the city from. I would recommend it and would stay again when I return to Chicago.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    04 Nov 2021
    The hostel is perfectly located and we really enjoyed our stay here. The front desk staff was so friendly and helpful and we really valued the security. Highly recommend the free walking tour, Paul was amazing!!!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    23 Nov 2021
    Great location near Roosevelt University. Economical, did not break my pocketbook - clean rooms, stayed in 4 room female dorm ensuite which has a kitchenette. Street parking reasonable. Staff courteous.
    Tanzania, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    27 Oct 2021
    The first two floors contain an immense common area with enough space for privacy and plenty of furniture and food sources, which you are allowed to access even after checking out that day as a convenience for travelers awaiting a train or flight. There are free lockers both there and in the rooms with the beds, large enough to hold a typical carry on suitcase and two backpacks, give or take, with an inexpensive option to check luggage at the desk. Everything is thoroughly protected. Great base.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    21 Nov 2021
    My stay at HI Chicago was overall positive. My overall concern with most hostels is safety, and in my opinion, HI Chicago is a safe place to sleep in with strangers. I used the hostel for an overnight stay before traveling out of Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and it was very close to a blue 'L' station, LaSalle, which was convenient.
    Sweden, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    14 Nov 2021
    I liked how you have to use your key at multiple doors in order to get to your room! It made me feel very secure and safe. As a young traveler this hostel was definitely business driven. There were mostly older men and women so the vibe was a lot different from other hostels I’ve stayed at. Overall great facility!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.0


    12 Nov 2021
    Our stay at this hostel started ok, but around midnight an aggressive druk started to harass someone in another room & we stayed in a private room next to them. The person from reception told us she got information about the guest and said there have been multiple complaints about the guy who eventually was escorted out by the police. The hostel later let us know they never had complaints about him, so me and my friend are lying? Oh and there's no form of heating in the room, fun during winter!
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • 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
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Vending Machines
  • DVD's
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 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


  • 2012

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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