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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous 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 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 9.4

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    15 Jun 2019
    I love staying here! Accommodating for all ages and interests. Can’t beat the location and friendliness of the staff.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    12 Jun 2019
    I really enjoyed my stay! Everyone was friendly and your facility was very clean. Two things I would like to mention that would make it better the next time I stay: warm breakfast and speedier check in...other than that, my stay was truly AWESOME! Thank you very much for your hospitality!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    11 Jun 2019
    This is my very favorite hostel in the USA. Best location for visiting Millennium Park, Art Museum, Museum Campus. Friendly, safe, generous. When my combination lock refused to open the staff person on duty grabbed their bolt cutters and followed me with a smile. Plenty of large and small spaces, very clean. Great breakfast. I could so live here.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    10 Jun 2019
    Staff, cleanliness, and location 10 out of 10
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    07 Jun 2019
    This is a great budget option for downtown Chicago! Perfect location, super safe and clean, feels like a hotel not a hostel! VERY busy, but the staff is still very helpful. And breakfast is included, what more could you want?
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    09 Jun 2019
    The location is perfect! Its a good place to enjoy chicago.
    Colombia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    07 Jun 2019
    Fantastic location right downtown. Room and bathrooms were pretty much always clean. I didn’t take advantage of any of the activities going on since I was only in town for 2 days, but they seemed to have stuff going on every day. Check in/check out process was super easy. Would definitely stay again the next time I’m in town.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    06 Jun 2019
    全体的にすごく良かった。 ただ1つだけ残念だったのが、夜の受付をしている黒人の年配女性の方。 自分の能力不足をこちらに責任があるかのように言って来たり、チェックインも美術館のチケット購入もカードでと最初から言っているのに、やり方が分からないようで、なかなか事が進まず。 もし難しかったら、もういいですよと言ったのに、 何とかするからと、長時間ああでもないこうでもないとぶつぶつ言い終わらず。 結局散々待たされた挙句、美術館のチケットを現金で払ってくれと言う始末。 現金の持ち合わせがないと言うと、何とかするからとまた待たされる。 横にいる別のスタッフが助けてくれてやっと解決。 おそらく30分近く受付にいたと思う。 長旅の後だったので、余計に疲れた。 同室の人も同じ様な事を言っていた。 受付が2人以上いるなら、他の方の方に並ぶ方が賢明。 他のスタッフの方は皆さんすごく良かったです。
    Japan, Male, 31-40
  • 8.3


    07 Jun 2019
    Had a decent stay here. Got a private room with my boyfriend. Stayed for 5 nights as I was here for a work event. During that time, although house keeping was on the list of provided services even with one of those "service requested" things you would hang on the door, our room was never cleaned, towels never changed out. We had to go request for a cleaning and new towels. Received clean towels at reception and were told the room is cleaned after 3 days. We said okay we will wait. Never happend
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 6.3


    04 Jun 2019
    I was charged twice for my stay as I had pre booked online back in Aus and then charged when I arrived. After a gruelling travel experience trying to get into the country let alone to the hostel in time I was late and arrived at 5am. I had informed my agent to contact the hostel to inform them. The staff member on the front desk was quite rude, tried explaining my situation to them before she began to communicate with another staff member mid conversation.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 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
  • 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
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    4th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2018

    5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2016

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2015

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 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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