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HI - Chicago

24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

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Overall Rating 93%

HI-Chicago is the only hostel located in Downtown Chicago, a short walk to great museums and attractions with 550 beds.


Chicago Hostel

Hostel Chicago

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

It’s all about the location of HI-Chicago because it is just a block away from Grant Park, the lovely Millennium Park, the 'L' (elevated train) and the sights of the Loop. Not only that, visitors just have to turn left out of the front door and walk straight to hit the waters of Lake Michigan!

This enormous hostel has got group visits off to a tee. There are no end of excursions which leave the hostel every day – try out the locally guided city walking tour. Or if you want to have some laughs, then book your place on the comedy outing. All of the tours which leave the hostel are run by volunteers keen to show off an insider’s view of the third largest city in the States.

Start the day with the generous free breakfast before setting off on your excursions. A great destination for sports groups, Chicago is the home to a marathon, two top-flight baseball teams, a first-class football team, basketball team and a hockey team. Ask at reception if you would like to see any of these games during your stay.

Voted as one of the easiest cities to walk around, art groups will be impressed with the calibre of the works on display here. The world greats such as Chagall, Picasso and Miro all have pieces here and Chicago is also known for the number of sculptures dotted around the city.

No visit to the ‘Windy City’ would be complete without trying a Chicago stuffed crust pizza. So why not try one at the popular lakefront restaurants – again all a short walk from the hostel.

Be sure to ask at reception about the discounts they have negotiated locally for groups – there are quite a few of them including reduced entrance fees at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Sears Tower and the Hancock Observatory as well as a money-off on Bobby's Bike Hike.

HI-Chicago is completely equipped to confidently deal with any group requirements. So why not make an enquiry there now?

Group facilities & services

Group facilities & services
  • Suitable for Special Occasions
  • Parking for coaches (on or near site)
  • Linen and towels
  • Rooms for leaders and drivers
  • Catering/meal service
  • Meeting room/communal area for group use

Hostel Suitable For

  • Friends/Family
  • Interest Group
  • Other
  • School Group
  • Sports Group
  • University/College Group
  • Tour Operator



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car parking nearby - Less than 500 m
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available pre check in
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (312) 425-4302

Fax. (312) 428-4645

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Art Institute of Chicago (500m to 1km)
  • Willis Tower Skydeck (1 to 2km)
  • Millennium Park (500m to 1km)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

O'Hare Int'l (ORD): 18 miles Pkwy. Midway (MDW): 11 miles.
Greyhound Bus station: Bus # 7 board the bus on the south side of Jackson heading east to Congress Plaza.
Brown purple orange line – Library. Red line - Jackson/State. Green line - Adams/Wabash. Blue line - LaSalle.
Amtrak/Union Station.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Cycling
  • Team-Building
  • Walking / Hiking

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