The 10 Best Hostels in Chicago, USA

Some of the best backpacker spots in Chicago

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HI Chicago Hostel 3 stars

Chicago Loop, Chicago

To make your stay in the city unforgettable, Chicago Hostel - HI hosts a number of activities for guests, including free walking tours and excursions throughout the city. A number of discounts for area attractions are also available through the hostel. Central pozition, close to the metra and subway stations, clean and comfortable ,but noisy from the train who ride close the window.I strongly recommend!

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4,254 reviews

Wrigley Hostel 3 stars

Lakeview, Chicago

Wrigley Field is just steps away from the Wrigley Hostel, and a 10 minute walk from the beach. Public transportation is a also a block away that will take you downtown or further north. Free WiFi is available to guests.

The hostel also provides external events hosted by the staff including pub crawls and comedy night. Clean building and helpful and friendly staffs

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Very good
635 reviews

Chicago Getaway Hostel 3 stars

Lincoln Park, Chicago

Guest rooms at the Chicago Getaway Hostel include access to free lockers; locks are not provided but are available for purchase. Bed linens are provided. Select rooms include a private bathroom or a shared bathroom. Excellent quality for the price we paid. A quarter of the price of most hotels in Chicago and much better quality than I expected. Excellent location. We stayed with a 3 year old and felt very safe.

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2,885 reviews

Chicago Parthenon Hostel 2 stars

West Loop, Chicago

Situated amongst the popular dining and entertainment of the West Loop neighborhood, this downtown Chicago hostel offers complimentary breakfast and free WiFi.

Chicago Parthenon Hostel offers both private and dorm rooms with granite shared bathrooms. 24-hour luggage storage and security lockers are available. Friendly staff, quite, clean and accessible.

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820 reviews

West Rogers Park Private Rooms


West Rogers Park Private Rooms is located in Chicago, 8 km from Wrigley Field and 12 km from Lincoln Park Zoo. The property is around 14 km from 360 Chicago, 15 km from United Center and 15 km from Water Tower Chicago. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests.

With a shared bathroom, rooms at the hostel also provide guests with free WiFi. All units will provide guests with a microwave. The owner accused me for not paying for room number 3 and threatened to call the police on me. I had to wait 15 minutes outside the apartment just to show him that I got a conference number.

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12 reviews

LaSalle Lodge II


Located within 10 km of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago and 14 km of Guaranteed Rate Field, LaSalle Lodge II provides rooms in Chicago. Located around 18 km from Field Museum of Natural History, the hostel is also 18 km away from Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is 19 km away and Grant Park is 19 km from the hostel.

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Elizabeth hostel


Elizabeth hostel is set in Chicago, 6 km from Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago. 7 km from Guaranteed Rate Field, the property is also 11 km away from Field Museum of Natural History. Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is 11 km from the property.

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St. Lawrence Hostel


St. Lawrence Hostel is set in Chicago, within 15 km of Chicago Board of Trade Building and 16 km of DePaul University. The property is around 7 km from Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, 11 km from Guaranteed Rate Field and 14 km from Buckingham Memorial Fountain. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests.

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Hostels. What are they?

Way more than just a cheap place to sleep, hostels are a social way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens or games rooms are great ways to swap tips, tricks and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long, long way since the first youth hostel opened in 1912. From budget 'crash-pads' to five-star 'poshtels', today, hostels are for everybody, so whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll find most hostels are cheaper than a local hotel and far more fun.

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FAQs about hostels in Chicago

  • Downtown Chicago, Magnificent Mile and Chicago Loop are popular with other travellers visiting Chicago.

  • On average, a hostel in Chicago costs £42 per night (based on prices).

  • Many families visiting Chicago enjoyed staying at Wrigley Hostel, HI Chicago Hostel and Chicago Parthenon Hostel.

  • The average price per night for a hostel in Chicago for this weekend is £212 (based on prices).

  • The average price of a hostel in Chicago for this evening is £212 (based on prices).

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