Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

The 8 Best Hostels In Chicago For 2018

How To Find The Best Hostels In Chicago For Your Trip

The windy city has a lot to offer: whether you’re into architecture, sports, stand-up comedy or pizza, Chicago seems to be the best at everything. The city is big though, and looking for the best hostels in Chicago can feel very overwhelming. If you want to be close to the main attractions check out the best hostels in Downtown Chicago, also known as the city centre, perfect for who’s going to Chicago for the first time and wants to get a general feel of the city. The best hostels are in River North, which is, obviously, north of the Chicago River and flaunts architectural standouts like the Cob Towers of Marina City and main attractions like the Navy Pier or the Magnificient Mile, Chicago’s shopping mecca. To check out the best up and coming comedians and the iconic Cloud Gate, the Loop is your best bet.

The North part of Chicago, on the other hand, offers a more authentic and less touristy experience. Take a look at the best hostels in Chicago’s hipster neighbourhood, Wicker Park, filled to the brim with cafes, art galleries, record and thrift stores, and street art. If you’re more the nature-loving type, book a hostel in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, where you can easily reach a massive zoo and the beaches of Lake Michigan. Finally, if you’re paying a visit to the windy city because of the ex-lovable losers, Wrigleyville and its stadium will be perfect for you.

Hostels in Chicago give a great value for money. You can expect around 20£ per night if you’re staying Downtown, going down to 10£ or even less the moment you start looking at North Chicago. Most of them include free breakfast, too so you can save your coins for that deep dish pizza!

These are the best hostels in Chicago, from the best party hostels to the best hostels for solo travellers, you will definitely find your perfect match.

Contents

    1. Best hostels in Chicago for solo travellers
    2. Best hostels in Chicago for couples
    3. Best party hostels in Chicago
    4. Best hostels in Chicago with private rooms
    5. Best hostels in downtown Chicago

Best Hostels In Chicago For Solo Travellers

HI Chicago

Best Hostels In Chicago - HI Chicago

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  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Pub crawls and free walking tours

HI Chicago is one of the best hostels in Chicago Downtown for solo travellers thanks to its great location (very close to the main attractions like the famous Cloud Gate (the Shiny Bean!)) and all the activities that are organised here on a daily basis. Pub crawls, Tom’s famous free walking tours and outings to the best jazz and blues clubs in the city, make it very easy to meet people at the HI Chicago! Take advantage of the big shared kitchens (one on every floor!) and cook a delicious meal. You can also relax in the common room, watching tv, playing board games or challenging your new friends to a game of pool or ping pong. Who’s going to win?

Address: 24 E Congress Parkway, Loop, Downtown Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Library (Orange Line), La Salle (Blue Line)

Book your stay at Hostelling International Chicago

Chicago Getaway Hostel

Best Hostels In Chicago - Getaway hostel

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Foosball and pool table

Want to feel like in the iconic musical Chicago? Then you can’t miss this 20s inspired hostel, where you can book private or shared rooms. Chicago Getaway Hostel organises weekly social events that make meeting new people extremely easy! Enjoy a foosball game, a film in the Media Room (popcorn included!) or a juicy barbecue. Get ready to hear ‘Wonderwall’ played a million times thanks to the complimentary guitars or enjoy some quiet time in the cosy lounge. At the Chicago Getaway Hostel, you can really have it all (that jazz!).

Address: 2616 W Arlington Place, Lincoln Park, North Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Fullerton (Red Line)

Book your stay at Chicago Getaway Hostel

Best Hostels in Chicago For Couples

Holiday Jones

Best Hostels In Chicago -Holiday Jones

  • Free breakfast (bagels!) and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • In-house cafe and restaurant
  • Steam room

Bagels for breakfast. That’s everything you need to know about Holiday Jones, one of the best hostels in Chicago. Located in the hipster neighbourhood of Wicker Park, the hostel offers a hip and industrial space, with an in-house coffee shop (that also sells empanadas!) and a common room completed with a foosball table and board games if you want a cosy night in!

Address: 1659 W Division Street, Wicker Park, North Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Division (Blue Line)

Book your stay at Holiday Jones

Best Party Hostels In Chicago

Wrigley Hostel

Best Hostels In Chicago - Wrigley Hostel

  • Free breakfast (pancakes!) and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Rooftop BBQ deck
  • Pub crawls, free walking tours and beach excursions

This colourful hostel in Chicago has everything you may need! Breakfast and WiFi, but also weekly BBQs, pub crawls, walking tours and beach excursions! You won’t get bored at the Wrigley Hostel. Not to mention its amazing common room that flaunts a pool table, a dartboard, and a ping-pong table, perfect to meet new friends to explore Chicago with or maybe even go to a Cubs game at the Wrigley stadium!

Address: 3514 N Sheffield Avenue, Wrigleyville, North Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Addison (Red or Blue Line)

Book your stay at Wrigley Hostel

Best Hostels In Chicago With Private Rooms

Found Hotel Chicago River North

Best Hostels In Chicago - Found Hotel Chicago River North

  • Free WiFi
  • Towels included
  • Karaoke Lounge
  • In-house bar and cafe

Found Hotel is one of the best hostels in Chicago Downtown, thanks to its spacious and well-decorated rooms. The location is brilliant, but if you don’t feel like going out you can still grab a bite and a drink at Mason restaurant, a latte at Mason&Mason coffee shop or let loose in the Blind Dragon karaoke lounge. Found Hotel also offers a free airport transfer and a well-equipped kitchen. If you were looking for a hotel experience for hostel prices, we’d say you have found it!

Address: 613 N Wells Street, River North, Downtown Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Grand (Red and Blue Line, the ‘L’)

Book your stay at Found Hotel Chicago River North

Urban Holiday Lofts

Best Hostels In Chicago - urban holiday lofts

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Filter coffee available all day
  • Game room with Wii

If you’re looking to experience the hipster Chicago, Urban Holiday Lofts is your best bet. We’re talking Wicker Park, reconverted warehouse in the same building as an organic food market and filter coffee available all day. What more could you want? Oh yeah, free complimentary WiFi, continental breakfast and computer usage… Check! Tighten your man bun and book a private loft with a private or shared bathroom.

Address: 2014 W Wabansia Avenue, Wicker Park, North Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Damen (Blue Line)

Book your stay at Urban Holiday Lofts

Best Hostels In Downtown Chicago

FieldHouse Jones

Best Hostels In Chicago - FieldHouse Jones

  • Free WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • In-house cafe, bar, and restaurant
  • Foosball table

The double-wide bunk beds, en-suite rooms, amazing design, and beautiful private apartments make the FieldHouse Jones one of the best hostels in Chicago Downtown. The building used to be a dairy warehouse, but now it hosts a trendy hostel where you can relax in the in-house coffee shop or the perfectly decorated common rooms. Being incredibly close to the L train, the brown and the red line, FieldHouse Jones is definitely up there with the best hostels in Chicago when it comes to location.

Address: 312 W Chestnut Street, River North, Downtown Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: Chicago (Brown Line)

Book your stay at FieldHouse Jones

Freehand Chicago

Best Hostels In Chicago - freehand Chicago

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  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Linen and towels included
  • In-house cafe, bar, and restaurant
  • Fitness center

Feeling more like a hotel than a hostel, Freehand Chicago is one of the best hostels in Chicago Downtown. It was designed by a luxury design firm and offers both private rooms and dorms, the latter being small to still give you a hotel feel with a hostel price! You can go to the gym in the fitness centre, sip a coffee at Café Integral or enjoy an award-winning craft cocktail at Broken Shaker, all without leaving your hostel! And when you do decide to step outside, enjoy the incredible location that will allow you to walk basically everywhere in Chicago.

Address: 19 E Ohio Street, River North, Downtown Chicago

Nearest Tube Station: State & Grand (Red Line)

Book your stay at Freehand Chicago

Now that you know about the best hostels in Chicago, it’s time to plan the rest of your trip!

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