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The 10 Best Hostels in Chicago, USA

Some of the best backpacker spots in Chicago

HI Chicago Hostel

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. The room for 8 women was very spacious and comfortable. Everything was totally clean and well equipped with hairdryer, food automat, kitchen, sufficient ammount of bathrooms and plugs everywhere. Also the loungue is very nice and huge. And the breakfast is perfect, it is not too posh but everybody finds what he likes. Personal is always nice and helpful.

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8.7
Excellent
5,052 reviews

Wrigley Hostel

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. Quiet place, friendly staff, free breakfast with fruits, accessible to red line and bus, clean place in every corner of the hostel.

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8.2
Very Good
763 reviews

Holiday Jones

Wicker Park, Chicago

Located on Division Street in the heart of Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, this hostel offers rooms with free WiFi and an on-site lounge. Offering a true Chicago experience, the hostel is located near unique bars, noteworthy restaurants and lively music venues. Booked this place when my husband got a place in Chicago marathon. Excellent location (3 min walk from blue line Division CTA train stop)- blue line runs from O’Hare airport so no messing about when you land. Only 4 stops into downtown Chicago from Division which takes about 10 mins. The hostel was very clean, staff lovely, very comfortable, shared bathrooms clean, we would definitely stay here again and would recommend to everybody. We had a 4 year old with us and our room was suitable for children. We had originally booked another place in Chicago but they cancelled our reservation and I’m so glad they did otherwise we wouldn’t have found this gem!!

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8.5
Very Good
788 reviews

Chicago Getaway Hostel

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. I liked the location and price included breakfast, but there was only some simple menu at 9 am. And there was a staff washing dishes. Reception was nice.

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7.8
Good
3,510 reviews

Chicago Parthenon Hostel

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. That was the best hostel I've ever been too. Thanks to the stuff! Highly recommend.

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7.6
Good
950 reviews

West Rogers Park Private Rooms

Chicago

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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3.2
Review score
12 reviews

Belmont Hostel - O'Hare Blueline

Chicago

Located in Chicago, within 6 km of Wrigley Field and 7 km of Lincoln Park Zoo, Belmont Hostel - O'Hare Blueline provides free WiFi. The property is around 10 km from United Center, 10 km from 360 Chicago and 10 km from Water Tower Chicago. Local points of interest like Shops at Northbridge and Willis Tower are reachable within 11 km and 11 km, respectively. The host was very friendly and nice person and the neighborhood was safe and quiet.

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7.8
Good
15 reviews

P-1 Sleeps 10 Parking Breakfast Sushi Wine

Chicago

Set 5 km from Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, P-1 Sleeps 10 Parking Breakfast Sushi Wine in Chicago offers rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. All rooms feature a kitchen, a TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom. The property is 12 km from Field Museum of Natural History and 12 km from Art Institute of Chicago.

At the hostel, every room includes a patio. The units feature bed linen.

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Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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