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Urban Holiday Lofts - Chicago - Bedroom
Free Wi-Fi
Holiday Jones - Chicago - Bedroom
Free Wi-Fi
Chicago Getaway Hostel
8.3 Very Good
Lincoln Park$147+
Free Wi-Fi
Wrigley Hostel - Chicago
8.1 Very Good
Free Wi-Fi
Hostel 424
8.2 Very Good
West Town$298+
Free Wi-Fi
Shared Living Space
7.8 Good

Chicago hostels near the city centre

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HI Chicago Hostel - Chicago - Restaurant
HI Chicago Hostel
8.1 Very Good

How much is a Chicago hostel?

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Top tips for finding Chicago hostel deals

  • Wrigley Hostel is located on North Sheffield Avenue and situated opposite the iconic Wrigley Field Stadium, home of the Chicago Cubs MLB team. The trendy Wrigleyville scene and weekly pub crawls make this hostel in Chicago a smart choice for singles or groups intent on exploring the famous city nightlife. Accommodations range from private rooms to multi-bed dorms, including one for females only. The property comes with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, laundry service, and bicycle rentals, among other features. Please note that there is a 48h advance notice needed for cancellations.
  • Not far from the University of Illinois Chicago campus, you will find Chicago Parthenon Hostel on Halsted Street in the Greektown district, which is on the city’s West Side. Other nearby attractions include the Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago. This property offers both private and dormitory-style rooms, with free linens and community baths on each floor. Additionally, guests at this hostel in Chicago can enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, 24h security, air conditioning, and meeting rooms if needed.
  • Holiday Jones on West Division Street is located in the Wicker Park neighborhood, which is popular for its restaurants, art galleries, and nightclubs, making this hostel an attractive choice for couples and singles alike. This hostel in Chicago offers standard, double, and deluxe rooms with free towels and linens included. Listed amenities include a café, restaurant, common room, and shared kitchen. Free Wi-Fi, guest computers, and bicycle rental options are also available. Some nearby places of interest are Willis Tower, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Chicago Riverwalk.
  • Chicago Getaway Hostel can accommodate up to 450 guests in 119 rooms, which makes it an ideal choice for large groups. Situated on West Arlington Place in Lincoln Park, this property is also close to the Lincoln Park Zoo as well as DePaul University, and it’s within easy reach of the John Hancock Observatory and The Field Museum. Free breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi are offered along with other amenities like 24h front desk help, elevators, heating and air conditioning, and parking for a reasonable fee.
  • If you’re looking for a cheap hostel in Chicago, you should consider going during the low season. You’ll generally find lower-priced hostels in Chicago in February and March.
  • Hostel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll likely find the best hostel deals in Chicago if you stay on a Sunday. The most expensive day for hostel bookings is Wednesday.
  • If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book at least 90 days before your stay to get the best price for a Chicago hostel.
  • The cheapest 3-star hostel in Chicago found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $363, while the most expensive was $363.

FAQs when booking a hostel in Chicago

  • What are the best hostels near Wicker Park?

    Wicker Park is a popular area in Chicago and there are many hostels closeby. Check out Urban Holiday Lofts or Hostel 424 for hostels recommended by KAYAK that are within walking distance of Wicker Park.

  • How much does a hostel cost in Chicago?

    Hostel prices in Chicago can vary depending on a number of factors. The average price for a hostel in Chicago is $128 but KAYAK users have found hostels for as cheap as $37 in the last 3 days.

  • Is it cheaper to stay in a hostel than in a hotel in Chicago?

    The average price for a night in a hostel in Chicago is $128 compared to $326 for a night in a hotel.

  • Are hostels in Chicago safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

    Hostels are safe environments for travellers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hostels in Chicago. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.

Where to find the best hostels in Chicago?

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