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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
  • 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 8.8

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    27 Nov 2019
    Great stay here right in the centre of Chicago, couldn't ask for much more, good breakfasts even put on a free dinner when we where there for thanksgiving!
    Scotland, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Nov 2019
    This was a great hostel, the location was my favorite part! Staff was super friendly and the room was clean.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    19 Nov 2019
    best hostel I've ever stayed in, everything was so clean, lots of activities offered, fantastic location, reasonable price
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Nov 2019
    Great Location, in the heart of the city. The hostel is not far a lot great bars and Deep dish pizza places. For 5 bucks a day I was able to ride the train around the city and see all the sights. The Bean is within walking distance from the hostel.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Nov 2019
    This location is fantastic. It’s friendly, safe and my favorite place to stay when I’m traveling by myself in Chicago.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    11 Nov 2019
    Great location - it's right downtown, obviously, but being near a couple of metro stations makes it easy to get other places as well. Seems to have 1-2 organized free activities most days (walking tours, movie nights, trips to bars, etc.).
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    10 Nov 2019
    By far the best hostel I have stayed in. I arrived earlier than check in, tried to get a last minute room but they were sold out. The staff gave access to the 2nd floor and to store my bags in the locker room on the main floor which are pretty big. If you don’t have a lock don’t worry they will tag the bags for you, but a lock is recommended as you can also lock your stuff in your room, which you also have one locker. Breakfast in the morning and there are additional bathrooms in the hallway!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    09 Nov 2019
    Everything was good except when I arrived to check in the staff member gave me a rude look until I mentioned I am checking in. He was not true most welcoming person
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    26 Nov 2019
    I always stay here when I come to Chicago. There was a lovely Thanksgiving dinner (for free!) which brought guests together and made for a really good evening. My rating is a little lower than normal because of a lack of information: there was a fire alarm during dinner and we were never told why plus there was no hot water in the showers on my floor for an evening and morning with no information about whether someone had been called to fix it. But overall: good value for money and lots of fun!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 4.3

    Rating

    29 Nov 2019
    I prebooked 2 beds of 4 beds MALE dorm and 1 bed of 8 beds FEMALE dorm under my name with $17.16 and $137.81 “ payable on arrival at the property“ exact words on the app. Overcharged by a very old black female who thinks she is a queen. No hot water at night until 10:30 in the morning. Wrong advertised.
    USA, Mixed Group, 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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