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The 5 Best Hostels in Chicago

Updated: April 5, 2024
 By Mel

Hostels are a great option for budget travelers since they offer clean and friendly accommodations with a much cheaper price tag. Here we have listed the best hostels to book in Chicago.


There's a hostel for almost every type of traveler. Most host a variety of fun activities throughout the week and feature abundant common space, so it’s very easy to meet new people, whether or not you're traveling solo.

Most of the prices range from $18 to $80 per night for dorm-style accommodations, though during the busy season, the prices can jump up to $200.

For private rooms, you'll most likely find something in the $50 - $75 range, though again prices can jump up to $300 per night in busy times.

Double-check with the hostel of your choice to see which amenities are included with your nightly rate and which might be extras.


Chicago Getaway Hostel 

The Chicago Gateway Hostel is nicely situated in Lincoln Park with easy access to the Red and Brown Lines. The clean and chic appearance makes it appealing to guests of all ages. 

In fact, it is in the perfect location to join our Lincoln Park & Gangster Tour!

There are weekly BBQs, pub crawls, and bike tours offered through the hostel as well.

Continental breakfast is provided, as is access to their kitchen, which helps to keep costs down.

Dorm rooms run between $18-$200 per night and private rooms run $55-$300, though they offer a discount if you pay 28 days in advance.

Chicago Parthenon Hostel

Interested in staying in the heart of Greektown with a lot of great food options?

The Chicago Parthenon Hostel is a family-run business in Greektown that offers guests the opportunity to stay in a lively location at a low cost.

Shared dorm rooms run around $40 and single private rooms are low as $75, though the price of both varies depending on the season. 

This photo of The Chicago Parthenon Hostel is courtesy of Tripadvisor

The Chicago Parthenon is the West Loop area which is known for the Chicago food and bar scene. Be sure to indulge in some of Chicago’s James Beard Award-winning restaurants.

Holiday Jones

This upscale hostel is located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood right off the CTA Blue Line.

It’s the new world of hostels. With a trendy vibe and a wide selection of room types, it’s more than a hostel. Stay in private rooms or shared gender-separated dorm rooms.

Dorm rooms can range from $25-$79 per night. Private rooms range from $50-$71. (Prices vary during each season, of course!) 

Wicker Park is home to awesome nightlife (including the first Taco Bell to serve alcohol), restaurants, bars, and shopping.

If you want to head downtown it’s only a stop away on the Blue Line - which is only one block away.

Free breakfast and WiFi are included for guests. There’s a restaurant in the hostel that serves delicious empanadas as well as beer, wine, coffee, and espresso.

Wrigley Hostel

Wrigley Hostel boasts one of the best locations for baseball and bar lovers in Chicago as it is right in the heart of Wrigleyville.

Visit in the summer to really appreciate the game-day spirit in the neighborhood.

The historic 1929 Music Box Theatre that hosts foreign and independent films is only a short walk away.

This hostel is conveniently located near the CTA Redline Station which can take you into downtown.

The price of a bed in a shared dorm starts at just $20 per night, though they also have private rooms for as low as $60 per night.

Hosteling International Chicago (HI Chicago)

If you are interested in staying in the Loop in downtown Chicago, check out HI Chicago.

This hostel is in the heart of downtown and close to the Art Institute, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, and Millennium Park.

It is also only two blocks from our Haunting History and Ghost Tour as well as a short walk from the beginning of the Birth of the Skyscraper - Architecture Tour

Prices are as low as $23 per night for a dorm and private rooms start at $71. All prices include a breakfast buffet, sheets, and a towel.


About The Author


Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: April 5th, 2024
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