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Hostelling International Chicago

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24 E Congress Pkwy South Loop, Chicago, IL 60605-1226
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#5 of 138 Speciality lodging in Chicago
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
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Newspaper
24-hour check-in
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
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Table tennis
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Self-serve laundry
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Karina D wrote a review Oct 2019
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil6 contributions3 helpful votes
Perfect location for getting around the city. Clean (as far as possible for a hostel of this size) and organized. Filled with activities for the guests and a good living area, with games and plenty of space for different groups to hang out. Breakfast was good but simple, with few options - always the same ones. For longer stays (mine was 8 days long) it was a little disappointing. Some staff members always seemed in a bad mood, but the front desk people were always very attentive. The room we were offered (with two single beds) was different from what we had been informed on booking. Being traveling with a friend it was no problem, but it could have been. It didn't have much of a hostel atmosphere, if I was younger and traveling alone it woudln't be the a great experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from RubyM736, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago
Responded 11 Oct 2019
Thank you for your feedback of HI Chicago. We are dedicated to providing our guests with an exceptional experience. We look forward to having you back the next time you are in Chicago.
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kalisea wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois14 contributions11 helpful votes
Love this place but didn't love the squeaky beds. A chorus of squeaks whenever someone moves ... makes it hard to sleep. I hope they can eventually transition to non-squeaky beds. I know it's a budget place to stay, but still.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded 30 Sep 2019
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bigmik12 wrote a review Sep 2019
Michigan201 contributions59 helpful votes
Its located 1 block W. of Michigan Ave. - a few blocks from the Art Institute, Symphony Hall & the major subway lines - Red & Blue lines. The hostel is very well managed, staff is overly helpful, & polite, The travel desk is as good or better than 4/5 star hotels.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from RubyM736, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago
Responded 24 Sep 2019
Thank you for your stay at HI Chicago and for sharing your wonderful experience online. We are delighted to read that you loved our hostel which was perfect for your needs. Thank you for being our guest. It was our pleasure hosting you and we hope to welcome you back with us soon.
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Elizabethfirst wrote a review Aug 2019
California72 contributions42 helpful votes
We stayed in a private room. The setup was like this: The private room was part of a suite. You use your keycard to enter the suite, in which the common spaces include a "living room" area, a spotlessly clean kitchen with a full-sized fridge and microwave, and a bathroom which you share with other people using that suite. In the bathroom there is a toilet, two sinks, and a separate lockable shower. (I suggest that the hostel provide toilet brushes in each toilet.) There was no hair dryer in our suite, but there was one in the shower down the hall. In the kitchen, there are white labels you can use to label your food. Also, there are green labels you can use to indicate that food is free to anyone who wants it -- I loved this; it's great to avoid throwing out perfectly good food. The suite had four private rooms. After you enter the suite, you use your keycard again to enter your private room. The private room was small but quite clean; there was a reasonably comfortable double bed, a tiny night stand with a small lamp, a tiny table with a small lamp, a clothes rack with hangers, a luggage rack, clean towels, and an extra blanket. Be aware that you cannot control the room temperature. It became very cold in the room, to the point where I was wearing a sweater and down jacket. For the sake of better security, I recommend that the hostel install peepholes in doors of individual private bedrooms. There was a peephole on the suite door, but if you are sharing a suite with people whom you don't know, you really want a peephole in your own door. That being said, it seems that this hostel strives for very good security. You must have your keycard to enter the building, the 2nd floor lounge, the laundry. You must also slide your keycard in the elevator in order to access your floor. If you use the stairs, your keycard will get you into the 2nd floor (lounge/breakfast area), the 4th floor (laundry), and your own floor, but not other floors. For breakfast, there is a good selection of hot and cold items. For other meals, if you want to do cooking that requires something more serious than the microwave in your suite, you can use the spacious common kitchen on the 2nd floor. The location of the hostel is excellent, within walking distance of the Chicago Art Institute, shops, places to eat. However, in your room you might see and hear nearby elevated trains on a very regular basis. All things considered,this hostel offers unbeatable value in a very expensive city. Please note that the name of the street has recently been changed. It is now Ida B. Wells.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from RubyM736, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago
Responded 19 Aug 2019
Thank you for your stay at HI Chicago and for sharing your wonderful experience online. We are delighted to read that you loved our hostel which was perfect for your needs. Thank you for being our guest. It was our pleasure hosting you and we hope to welcome you back with us soon.
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ACL wrote a review Jul 2019
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The staff was very helpful and friendly at the front desk. The bathrooms were super clean. I appreciate that they hold passports and valuables for you at the front desk. The morning tours are cool. I loved the Cuban sandwich at Cafecito. Make sure to take earplugs, in case you have a loud snorer in your room.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from RubyM736, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago
Responded 10 Jul 2019
We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your hostel experience. Thank you for taking the time to highlight some of the parts of our hostel that made your visit so memorable. Please be sure to visit more of our hostels around the world to get more information about how the world travels. Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words!
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PRICE RANGE
US$71 - US$151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop
NUMBER OF ROOMS
300
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostelling International Chicago
Which popular attractions are close to Hostelling International Chicago?
Nearby attractions include The Art Institute of Chicago (0.5 km), Ragnarok Axe Throwing (0.1 km), and The Magic Parlour (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostelling International Chicago?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Hostelling International Chicago?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hostelling International Chicago?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafecito, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, and Russian Tea Time.
Is Hostelling International Chicago located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Chicago.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hostelling International Chicago?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostelling International Chicago?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Norwegian.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostelling International Chicago?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Garfield Park Conservatory (7.6 km), The Rookery Building (0.6 km), and Macy's on State Street (0.9 km).
Is Hostelling International Chicago accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.