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

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb 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

Overview

Join the family at HI Chicago Hostel. Here, you can meet travellers from all over the world with a ping pong session in our huge lounge (whatever your ping pong skills are like!). Join our free walking tour to see the top sights and get to know Chicago like a local with our free activity nights – think trendy jazz bars and buzzing pub crawls. Because we like to keep you entertained and well fed, your stay even gets you free daily breakfasts and weekly meet-ups with free ice cream and snacks.

Location

We're in Chicago’s downtown university district, within walking distance of the area’s main attractions. Start your tour of the city’s famous architecture at Millennium Park, an 11-minute wander from our door, then head to Cloud Gate, 14 minutes from us. Chicago Midway International Airport is just half an hour away by train. Take the orange metro line to Harold Washington Library State, and we’re a 4-minute walk from there – make this your go-to metro stop for getting about the city. Coming via Greyhound? The bus station is a 20-minute walk away.

Rooms and Dorms

We’re based in a large historic house with beautiful interiors. There are plenty of stairs, so we've installed an elevator to make your check-in easier. Once in your room, store your backpack in your locker. Mixed and female-only dorms come with free linen and towels, plus they have air con for hot nights. For more privacy, book one of our private twin or double rooms with an en-suite.

Extras and activities

We’re an environmentally-friendly hostel, so when you stay with us, you’re travelling green. Our fully equipped kitchen uses recycled materials and re-usable products and there are recycle points around the hostel. You're welcome to log onto the free Wi-Fi to Skype home after a day in the city, then head to our TV room where we have loads of free movies if you fancy a film night. Love making friends? Join a group at the pool table.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    01 Jan 2020
    Hostel has great location. Waking distance to the Shedd aquarium, Field museum, Willis tower and Lesale Blue line station with a direct shot to O’Hare. Breakfast was really lacking. I’d have just as well skipped it. Access to vending is nice but I really wish there was a place to grab a beer in house or near by.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    22 Dec 2019
    We loved the walking tour organized by the hostel and the private room was great, highly recommend!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Dec 2019
    Great central location. Staff is friendly. Super comfy beds and very clean. This was my second stay and will definitely stay there again in future visits.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Dec 2019
    Nice experience!!!!!!
    India, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Dec 2019
    I rate this hostel as outstanding, the best that I have ever experienced. Cleanliness was tops. Housekeeping was superior. Staff were professional, not merely young interns needing an hourly job. Security was evident. Space layout of accommodations was outstanding. Breakfast was excellent. Social area inviting and comfortable. Nicely decorated and all in good repair. Overall, A+++++++++++++++.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    18 Dec 2019
    Awesome hostel! About a 15-minute walk away from the bean. Chicago’s subway system is so great, making it easy to travel to and from ORD airport (take the blue line). The hostel offers free activities throughout the week, which is a great way to meet new friends. There are storage lockers in the rooms, so you can lock up your bags. I just wanted to give a special shoutout to Paul, who runs some of the walking tours. You’re a legend with your crocs. Thank you, Paul!
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    01 Dec 2019
    I really liked the hostel. My 10 bed doorm was spacious and every bed had a light and a socket. The lockers were big enough to fit my backbag and they had laundry machines. The breakfast had averything you need, the bathrooms were clean and the free tour really interesting. The only thing I have to criticeze is the kitchen and the equipment there. There was barely anything in it you could use for cooking. I even had to go to another floor to get a plate. But everything else was really great.
    Austria, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    29 Dec 2019
    Fantastic common area to meet other guests on level 2. Breakfast is among the best offered by any hostel. Rooms are very spacious, and clean. Hostel is also environment conscious (a huge plus!), with the only complaint that my room had a very high ventilation rate which was noisy and caused an uncomfortable draft and the setting could not be changed (please fix, so that it turns off/down when room is not occupied at least)
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    31 Dec 2019
    Loved the facility and amenities provided. Value-for-money. Excellent location - right in the downtown. Close to CTA train and bus stations which allowed for easy travel across the city. Definitely recommending to friends and gonna visit again myself.
    India, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    30 Nov 2019
    Great value for Chicago. Stayed for 6N during a congress, saved a 1000 USD compared to similarly situated hotels! Spacious 6 bed dorm. All the usual amenities and some extras. No bar.
    Finland, Male, 31-40
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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

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    1st, Best Large Hostels

  • 2019

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 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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