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1 room, 2 adults

HI Chicago, Chicago

1.5-star1.5 stars
24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605, United States of America

Hostel with restaurant, near Grant Park
  • Free English breakfast and free WiFi
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Good internet service
Great location
Fantastic service
Best value for money

HI Chicago, Chicago

from $78 CAD
  • Standard Shared Dormitory, Women only, Shared Bathroom
  • Standard Shared Dormitory, Men only, Shared Bathroom
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms
  • Deluxe Suite, 1 Double Bed
  • Double Room
  • Premium Room
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Men only
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

What’s around HI Chicago, Chicago


  • In The Loop
  • Grant Park - 2 min walk
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 8 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 11 min walk
  • Willis Tower - 14 min walk
  • Chicago Theatre - 15 min walk
  • House of Blues Chicago - 19 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • O'Hare Intl. Airport (ORD) - 24 min drive
  • Midway Intl. Airport (MDW) - 15 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive) - 32 min drive
  • Chicago Van Buren Street Station - 4 min walk
  • Chicago Museum Campus-11th Street Station - 13 min walk
  • Millennium Station - 15 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library Station - 3 min walk
  • Harrison Station - 3 min walk
  • Jackson Station (Red Line) - 4 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 68 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time 4:00 PM-3:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged USD 3 at check-in, payable to the hostel.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free English breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Billiards or pool table
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Number of meeting rooms - 2
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1886
  • Elevator
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille signage
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet
Languages Spoken
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Shared accommodations

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

HI Chicago, Chicago’s small print

Also known as

  • Hostelling International Chicago Hostel
  • HI Chicago Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Chicago
  • Hostelling International Chicago
  • Hostelling International Chicago Summer Hotel Chicago
  • Hostel HI Chicago
  • Hostel HI Chicago
  • HI Chicago Chicago
  • HI Chicago Hostel/Backpacker accommodation


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector and window guards on site. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within 45 mi (72 km) of the property will not be allowed to check in.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • Club Card: USD 4 per person, per night
  • Child's Club Card: USD 0 per night, (up to 17 years old)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for HI Chicago, Chicago

  • Are pets allowed at HI Chicago?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • Is parking offered at HI Chicago?
    Sorry, there's no parking at HI Chicago.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at HI Chicago?
    You can check in from 4:00 PM to 3:00 AM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near HI Chicago?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Cafecito (1-min walk), Panera Bread (1-min walk), and Tamarind (3-min walk).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 601 reviews

Good 6.0
You pay for what you get
Of course, this is a hostel, and it is extremely cheap compared to downtown Chicago hotels. However, when we read "detached private bathroom and shower" we understood we wouldn't be sharing them. But of course we were, bathroom and shower were shared with many adjoining units and so cleanliness left a lot to be desired. We found hairs on the pillows, the rug didn't look like it had been cleaned for a while... all of that would have been acceptable given the price (except the advertised "private" bathroom, but what wasn't was the VERY NOISY ELEVATED TRAIN going by every few seconds, late at night and early in the morning (not during the night thankfully). BRING EARPLUGS! Also, no temperature control in our room, it was controlled from another unit we didn't have access to. Otherwise staff at front desk was very nice; the contribution of $4/person/night for non-members of Hostels International was unexpected, even though it was mentioned by somewhere. Location is very good, very central.
Sebastien, ca2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Very easy to get around!
Stayed to tour Chicago -- do all of the touristy stuff. I was able to walk everywhere from the hostel. It was close to Soldier Field which was awesome for returning after the show there.
ca2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Liked It So Much I Came Back a Month Later
So glad I discovered this treasure. Liked my first stay so much I came back a month later. Stayed in the private rooms, once a bunk room, second time a bedroom. The bunk room was a bit small but both were just great. Never had a problem with access to the bathroom or common areas. Some noise from the el but it's Chicago in the Loop, you're going to get some noise from outside. Noise from neighbors was not a problem during either stay. Laundry facilities which is a great plus. Breakfast was just fine. A short walk to the Art Institute. Great staff, helpful, friendly and responsive. Highly recommend for any age, not just for the young traveler as I am an older woman and was traveling alone.
Susan, ca1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Nice hostel!
Big hostel with lots of great common areas. 24 front desk was nice and it was very secure with 3 checkpoints where you needed to swipe your card. Room was clean and staff was helpful. Included breakfast was OK but not amazing.
Ryan, ca2 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Thanks Hi Chicago
It was a good experience overall!!! I like the fact only women's room. Air well conditionned good breakfast friendly personnel.
SILVIA, ca3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
A wonderful option!
I needed to sleep for a few hours before catching a 5am flight out of MDW, and this ended up being a perfect place to do that. I've always had great experiences with HI-Chicago, and this was no exception. The accommodations were wonderful, and I appreciated being in a bunk room with an en suite bathroom. And the woman at the registration desk was incredibly friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this hostel!
Jill, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Fabulous, affordable place to stay
Fabulous place to stay! The rooms are modern and clean. Plenty of bathrooms and showers. There are pool tables, ping pong tables, and free daily activities to sign up for. The location is excellent, close to Lake Michigan and an L station. Very friendly staff!
Jennifer, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent place to stay extremely friendly and professional staff and great service. I will return soon recommend this hostel to others. My stay on Christmas Day included a free home cooked dinner. Thanks for your hospitality.
Carlos, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
A very great hotel
It was great. Quite neat, roomie and good for it's price.
Ryna, us3 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Roomy, tidy, and​ clean
I'm​ Jaruwam from​ Bangkok, Thailand.​ HI​ Chicago​ is​ definitely my​ favorite.​ It's​ very​ comfy as​ all rooms are​ so spacious: bedrooms, bath​rooms, dining​ room, and​common areas.​ Apparently, the​ management and​ its staff​ work​ hard around the​ clock to​ make​ sure that​ the facility​ is​ clean and​ tidy. Cleaning​ is​ done not​ only during​ the daytime.​ I​ saw a​ housekeeping staff​ cleaning the​bathrooms when​ I​ woke up​ to​ use the​ hallway restroom at​ 3​ am. one night.​ The​ complimentary breakfast​ has​ a​ variety of​ good​ choices.​ Another​ plus is​ the free​ activities, like​ Downtown​ Walking​ Tour, and​ etc.​ I​ stayed at​ HI Chicago​ for​ 2​ weeks when​ I visited Chicago​ in Nov.​2019.​ I​ wish I​ could move​ in​ there and​ make it​ my​ home 😊
Jaruwan, kr4 night trip

HI Chicago, Chicago

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