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Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

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

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9.3
Superb
6044 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

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.

We also welcome you to our 2nd floor lounge, where you can find a full list of our FREE activities and events for hostel guests, including neighborhood walking tours, bar tours, outings to see live blues and jazz, trivia/game nights, welcome parties and more!

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
-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)

Our 2nd floor lounge space is open 24/7 for guests to meet and mingle with other hostel guests! We offer pool tables, ping pong, and weekly social events like craft nights, game nights, trivia, and hot dog parties!

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

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 https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/organisations/hostelling-international

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. City and state taxes of 17.4% are not included in the rates.

Reviews & Ratings

9.3
Superb
6044 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9.6
  • Location
    9.7
  • Staff
    9.3
  • Atmosphere
    9
  • Cleanliness
    9.1
  • Value for Money
    9.2
  • Facilities
    9

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10
Superb
Feb 22, 2024
One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at. Very clean, smooth check in and check out, comfortable beds, and great amenities including free breakfast. Overall great value for money! I will be staying here next time I'm in Chicago.
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Male, 25-30
10
Superb
Feb 14, 2024
The HI Chicago location is very impressive. Fantastic location, very clean, top notch security, friendly staff, great atmosphere, I'm not sure how you could get much better.
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Male, 31-40
10
Superb
Feb 09, 2024
Very happy with my stay, would definitely come back!
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Female, 31-40

Facilities

  • Free

    • Free Breakfast
    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
    • Free City Tour
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Elevator
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Air Conditioning
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Dishwasher
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Cable TV
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Fax Service
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • ATM
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Express check-in / out
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Meals Available
    • Vending Machines
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • DVD's
    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi

Awards

2019

4th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2019

3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

2019

2nd, Hostel Chain

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

10th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2014

3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

2013

9th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2010

1st, Best Large Hostels

2010

2nd, Hostel Chain

2008

1st, Best Large Hostels

2007

1st, Best Large Hostels

Nominations

2012

Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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