5 Best Hostels In Chicago, Illinois

Updated: February 15, 2021

Chicago, or the “windy city” as it is sometimes known as, is located on Lake Michigan in Illinois. It’s one of the largest cities in the U.S.

The city has much to see and do. From taking in the views of the many impressive skyscrapers, eating delicious food, and enjoying the city’s unique atmosphere and culture. There are so many free things to do in Chicago. The city is very walkable, so there’s no need for expensive taxi trips!

The city hosts the largest food festival in the world, called Taste of Chicago, as well as various music festivals that are all free of charge! To have a base for all this activity, you’ll need a great place to stay.

Read on to find out about five of the best Hostels to stay at in Chicago and start planning your vacation!


Holiday Jones

Located on Divison Street in the lively and vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood, Holiday Jones has many different options to suit your needs. There are varying room sizes that can accommodate up to 6 guests in one gender-specific room using shared bathrooms, or private rooms with en suites. Wi-Fi is provided for free and the hostel is located a short walk away from a bus stop so you can easily get around town.

If you prefer your transport to be more active, Holiday Jones provides bikes for its guests to hire. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, you can enjoy a cold cocktail and a delicious array or snacks on the outdoor patio while soaking up the sights and sounds of the city.

Hostel details

Address: 1659 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA.

Guest rating: 4.3 out of 5.

Price per night: from $17.

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Freehand Chicago

If you’re looking for a place to stay that has both character and charm, then Freehand is the hostel for you. Freehand Chicago is housed in a classic 1920’s building with architecture and styling that stays true to the time period. Located within Chicago’s River North Neighbourhood you’ll be within close proximity to the action, only two blocks away from Michigan Avenue, and within less than 2kms of both Willis Tower and Millennium Park.

If you’re wanting to venture further out, there’s a metro station on the same block. Choose from either mixed or female-only rooms for up to 4 people, or your own private room with upgraded features such as a flat-screen TV, desk, and city views. Freehand Chicago also provides free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast for its guests – so you can check in with friends and family back home over breakfast before heading out for the day.

Hostel details

Address: 19 E Ohio Street, Chicago, USA

Guest rating: 4.6 out of 5.

Price per night: from $25.

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HI Chicago Hostel

This family-run hostel based in a large historical house will welcome you with open arms. Located within Chicago’s University district this is the perfect spot for the young and young at heart and is within a short walking distance to famous sights such as Millennium Park and Cloud Gate. Offering mixed as well as female-only dorms, there are also private twin or double rooms available with all guests having access to the free Wi-Fi.

HI Chicago Hostel offers many activities for guests to get to know each other such as activity nights ranging from a night out at a jazz bar to pub crawls. If you’re having a night in, you can have fun while meeting some fellow travelers around a game of pool or ping pong in the lounge or have an entertaining film night in the TV room.

Hostel details

Address: 24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, Chicago, USA.

Guest rating: 4.7 out of 5.

Price per night: from $32.

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FOUND Chicago River North

FOUND Chicago is unique from the outset being located in a cast-iron building built in the 1920s. The unique look and feel continue inside with vintage rugs, sculptural chairs, and old books. The lounge is stocked with unique board games from the ’70s to complete the vintage appeal.

Located in the River North area you will be within walking distance to many great spots including Downtown and the Magnificent Mile where you can find upmarket shops and trendy restaurants and bars. Both shared and private rooms are available, with all private rooms coming with Cable TV and all guests have access to free Wi-Fi.

This hostel features a 24-hour reception desk so you can get help at any time of the day or night. If you’re a singer at heart you will enjoy the hostel’s karaoke lounge called the Blind Dragon.

Hostel details

Address: 613 North Wells Street, Chicago, USA.

Guest rating: 4.6 out of 5.

Price per night: from $22.

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Wrigley Hostel

Named after the historic Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium just across the road, this hostel is perfect if you’re a sports fan or like to have a night out. Located in Wrigleyville the party center of Chicago, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the great bars and clubs that are right on the doorstep. Or play a game of ping pong in the common room or have a chat about the latest game over a glass of beer in the bar.

This fun and colorful hostel provides free Wi-Fi to all guests and private double rooms perfect for couples, or mixed or female-only dorms for those who are wanting to meet like-minded travelers. Wrigley Hostel has a handy 24-hour reception that is always open and ready to help.

Hostel details

Address: 3514 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, USA.

Guest rating: 4.8 out of 5.

Price per night: from $21.

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About our Chicago hostel recommendations

Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a private room, or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm, above you will find the best hostels in Chicago for all your needs.

Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregated all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Chicago.


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