Chicago Hostels

You might not have known, but there are a number of great budget-friendy Chicago hostel options in the hippest neighborhoods.

Don’t assume either that because it’s a hostel you are going to share a bunk bed and a bathroom with a stranger. Almost all of the Chicago hostels today offer private rooms and private bathrooms to travelers not wanting the shared experience. We’ve picked some of our favorites in Chicago – make sure you check them out.

Pro Tip: If you’re interested in staying in a hostel we recommend that you contact the hostel directly vs booking through a 3rd party. You’re almost sure to get the best rate and you will really get a feel for the place by speaking with an employee.

Wrigley Hostel – Cubs and baseball fans you’ll hit a home run if you stay here. Sorry, that was a bad pun. Seriously though, this hostel is less than 1,000 ft from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field – home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team. Wrigleyville is probably Chicago’s most active bar and restaurant neighborhood. Besides the Cubs connection this hostel prides itself on the variety of activities they host from trivia night, to pub crawls to movie nights. Dorm rooms start at $30 and private rooms start at $99.

IHSP Chicago – IHSP Chicago is located in Wicker Park. Do we need to say more? Wicker Park has all the latest and greatest shopping, bars, restaurants and clubs. If that wasn’t enough the hostel provides an unbelievably large list of amenities and activities including free coffee and tea all day, a 24-hr roof-deck with grilling and music, free lockers and luggage storage & free breakfast. Shared rooms start at $35 a night.

Urban Holiday Lofts – This is a pretty swanky hostel located in the popular Bucktown neighborhood steps away from the North Avenue/Milwaukee/Damen intersection which is awesome because from there you can get to almost any part of the city via public transportation (both the blue line and plenty of bus routes run from that intersection). The amenities are pretty extensive and include free breakfast, free wifi, free transportation to the hostel via the CTA and they also have on-site laundry. Dorm style rooms start at $26 while private rooms start at $53.

Holiday Jones – This Chicago hostel is going to get our award for best name. Not sure exactly why, but we love the name Holiday Jones. This is a cousin or a sister or some sort of relative to Urban Holiday Lofts except located a mile south in Wicker Park off the very bumping Division Street. The amenities are pretty extensive and include free breakfast, free wifi, free transportation to the hostel via the CTA and they also have on-site laundry. Dorm rooms start around $40 and private beds start around $90.

The Freehand – The location of this part hotel part hostel (whatever that exactly means) is really sweet – right dead smack in the middle of the River North neighborhood you are surrounded by some of Chicago’s best restaurants and bars and steps from the famous Magnificent Mile. There 24-hr front desk and multi-lingual staff make checking into this place a breeze. The prices for a shared coed room start around $50/night and if you want to go full-on private hotel room the prices start at around $150/night.

Chicago Parthenon Hostel – Where are our Greektown lovers at? Well, this place is for you.     Set in the heart of Chicago’s Greektown. This hostel is small and cozier than some of the others in Chicago but still offers many of the same amenities that you would receive there including free breakfast, on-site bar and restaurant, a kitchen & laundry. Dorm style beds start around $30/night and private rooms start around $60/night.

The Getaway Hostel – The folks at Getaway are re-writing the house rules. Located in the iconic and trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood this hostel welcomes all guests and makes sure you will have a great time with free breakfast, hosted pub crawls, a 24/7 kitchen and a BYOB policy. Shared rooms start around $24/night and private rooms start around $75/night.

HI Chicago Hostel – This is the largest hostel in Chicago. They run non-stop 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. HI Chicago Hostel is located in the south loop just a couple of blocks from the Harold Washington Library Center and has access to plenty of public transportation. No age minimums or restrictions and this hostel will do a great job of making sure that you see the city sights with a variety of activities and programs offered through the hostel. Dorm rooms start at $34 and private rooms start at $119.