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

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 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

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 9.3

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.3


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Nov 2020
    Best place in Chicago! Close to everything!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    30 Oct 2020
    I have stayed at the HI Hostel before and was hesitant to stay during the pandemic. All my worries quickly vanished after I saw all the safety measures in place. The bedding was sitting on a chair in a zipped up plastic case for me to put together. Masks were mandatory and there was hand sanitizer everywhere along with social distancing throughout the hostel. I have always loved this hostel for the location, dorm room sizes, and comfy beds. Don't hesitate to stay here during the pandemic.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Oct 2020
    Great Stay! Located in downtown. Easy and cheap to get there with the metro from the airport. Very friendly staff. Security is super high which makes you feel safe. Also it’s super clean.
    Germany, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Oct 2020
    Wonderful place to stay.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    27 Sep 2020
    My stay was nice
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    12 Nov 2020
    The hostel was very quiet and calm due to covid but the stay was great and enjoyable. Nice facilities and easy to imagine what kind of fun times could be had in a non-pandemic time. We booked a private room for safety measures and privacy. It was a long, empty hall. We have a “sanitized” seal on our door that opened to a suite of 4/5 bedrooms- all empty, except ours. This made us so much more comfortable knowing we were very well distanced. It provided a private lounge, kitchen, and bathroom.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    03 Oct 2020
    I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel. I would definitely recommend it.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    04 Oct 2020
    This is the first time I’ve stayed at a hostel in Chicago and was honestly very impressed. The hostel itself is massive. They also appeared to be taking COVID precautions very seriously, I had a room assigned to myself in spite of booking a dorm. The room itself was sealed with a sanitized tape so you know no one had been in the room since being cleaned. There are plenty of lounge/common areas - again the shear size of this place is unlike any other hostel I’ve stayed at. Really great overall!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    13 Nov 2020
    The Hostel is clean, I booked a private room which by luck I had the whole bathroom to myself. The view I had was so beautiful, the staff was friendly I checked before time. Facility was clean, and well taken care of. If you exploring Chicago and want to be close to everything I would recommend staying here because I was close to almost everything. Getting around wasn’t difficult which I loved
    South Africa, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    14 Mar 2020
    Great location, good breakfast, for the most part friendly staff. Main issue is that for a pod of 8 rooms, that hold 3 people each, there was one womens shower/toilet and one men's shower/toilet. Thankfully it was relatively empty when we were there or that could have been an issue. I would stay there again in an off season.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • 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
Services
  • 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
Entertainment
  • DVD's
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2019

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    4th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 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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