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Featured Hostels in Chicago

Wrigley Hostel
1.5 out of 5
3514 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $65 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Lakeview, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and DePaul University-Lincoln Park are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (316 reviews)
First time Hostel

"First time staying at a hostel, no complaints, it was great. Conveniently located, very clean, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2020

Wrigley Hostel
Chicago Parthenon Hostel
2 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $83 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 25

Located in Near West Side, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of 311 S Wacker Dr, University of Illinois Chicago, and Willis Tower. UIC Pavilion and Skydeck ...

3.7/5Good! (41 reviews)

"Very nice location and very clean!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Chicago Getaway Hostel
2 out of 5
616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $78 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in Lincoln Park, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lincoln Hall and DePaul University-Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Zoo and Park West are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (997 reviews)

"Check in at any time. Clean and well furnished place with friendly staff. Breakfast was a bit lacking but I can't really complain because the stay was so good for the price."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

Chicago Getaway Hostel
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HI Chicago
1.5 out of 5
24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $71 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hostel is steps away from Roosevelt University and State Street. Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Great location , clean & comfy , staff was friendly and lot of security ."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

HI Chicago
Holiday Jones
1.5 out of 5
1659 W Division Street, Chicago, IL
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Located in Wicker Park, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Union Park, United Center and Concord Music Hall. Chicago Riverwalk and John Hancock Center are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (266 reviews)

"Great fun looking place. Everything was clean. Shower was hot with grear water pressure. Definitely will stay again if needed. Fun part of town."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 29, 2020

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $92 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
4.3/5Excellent! (1,594 reviews)

"Love everything! The hotel was nice and staff was generous."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $149 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,589 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to many Chicago sites! Beautiful river/city view from our room. Check-in and checkout were quick and can be contactless. The rooms are also very clean! Going to be staying here next time I’m in Chicago :)"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel

Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel

4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $113 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,766 reviews)

"Great Hotel I would stay again any day. The room had a great view."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2020

Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

What Is a Hostel?

If you're hoping to find a low-cost place to stay in Chicago, one of the 6 hostels here could be a great choice for you. No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature the following:

  • Shared rooms (though many have private options too)
  • Budget prices
  • A social setting

Hostels are a great way to stay in Chicago for a good value, so you can save your money for going out. You can check out the theaters and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.

Hostels in Chicago

Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to start:

Chicago Getaway Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Lincoln Hall. Property features include free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with desks.

Chicago Parthenon Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of UIC-Halsted Station and Clinton Station (Blue Line). Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers and linens.

HI Chicago - Located within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Columbia College Chicago. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a restaurant. You'll find towels, showers, and hair dryers in all rooms.

Holiday Jones - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Division Station. Property features include free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a bar. You'll find desks in all rooms.

Wrigley Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Addison Station (Red Line). Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a bar. You'll find towels and coffee/tea makers in all rooms.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Chicago?

Good weather's definitely a plus when you're experiencing new places, so here are some stats that may be helpful:

  • The hottest months are typically July and June, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 53° F and nighttime temperatures average 18° F
  • April-June: 84° F is the daytime average and 36° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 85° F and nighttime averages are around 51° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 69° F during the day and 19° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 39.02 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Chicago?

Depending on what you're interested in, you might appreciate these places:

Top Sights
  • Millennium Park
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre
Natural Features
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Grant Park
  • Lincoln Park
Cultural Attractions
  • Chicago Theatre
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Chicago Children's Museum

Overall, Chicago is known for its:

  • Skyscrapers
  • Theater
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Art
  • Monuments
  • Entertainment
  • Shopping

How to Get to Chicago and Around the Area

You can fly into the nearest airport in Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), located 8.6 mi (13.9 km) away from the city center. An alternative is Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), situated 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away. After you've arrived, you may want to use public transit during your trip. Nearby metro stations include Monroe Station (Red Line), Monroe Station (Blue Line), and Adams-Wabash Station. To check out more of the surrounding area, take a train from Millennium Station, Chicago Van Buren Street Station, or Chicago Union Station.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Chicago?
By choosing a hostel you can cut your spending on accommodations and save more of your budget for fun things to do during your vacation. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its theaters and museums.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dorm-style accommodations all feature shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms), low prices, and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in Chicago?
Ready to book a hostel? These options have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to start looking: HI Chicago - Located within a 5-minute walk of Grant Park and State Street. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with towels, showers, and free toiletries. Chicago Getaway Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Lincoln Hall. Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find desks in all rooms. Chicago Parthenon Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of UIC-Halsted Station and Clinton Station (Blue Line). You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a restaurant. You’ll find showers, lockers, and linens in all rooms. Wrigley Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Addison Station (Red Line). Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a bar, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with towels and coffee/tea makers. Holiday Jones - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Division Station. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a bar. You’ll find desks in all rooms.
How many hostels will I be able to find in Chicago?
If you’re in the market for a low-cost place to stay in Chicago, one of Expedia’s 5 hostels could be a great option for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Chicago?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you’re experiencing new places, so here’s some information about the seasons: The hottest months are usually July and June with an average temp of 72°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 30°F. The snowiest months in Chicago are February, January, April, and March, with each month seeing an average of 6 inches of snowfall.
What is there to see and do in Chicago?
Overall, Chicago is known for its skyscrapers, theaters, and architecture. Major attractions include Millennium Park, Chicago Theatre, and Willis Tower. Get out into nature with places like Chicago Riverwalk, Grant Park, and North Avenue Beach. Cultural attractions include Art Institute of Chicago, House of Blues Chicago, and Field Museum of Natural History.
What's the best way to get to and around Chicago while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in Chicago in your back pocket to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the closest airport, which is O’Hare Intl. Airport (ORD), located 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away. An alternative is Midway Intl. Airport (MDW), which is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) away. After you’ve arrived, you might want to use public transit to get around. Nearby metro stations include Monroe Station (Red Line), Monroe Station (Blue Line), and Adams-Wabash Station. To check out more of the area, hop on a train at Millennium Station, Chicago Van Buren Street Station, or Chicago Union Station.

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