HI Chicago - Hostel

1.5 star property
Hostel with restaurant, near Art Institute of Chicago

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HI Chicago - Hostel

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Children’s area
1 bedroom, in-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served

Overview of HI Chicago - Hostel

8,4 out of 10 Very good
8,4/10 Very good

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605
Main amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • 24-hour business center
  • Business center
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Library
  • Computer station
  • Front-desk safe
  • ATM/banking services
Feel at home
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Television
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Room options

Bed in Men's 10-Bed Dorm

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Bed in Women's 8-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Bed in All-Gender 4-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Bed in All-Gender 8-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bunk Bed

Private Double Bed Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Bed in Women's 10-Bed Dorm

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Bed in Women's 4-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Private 2-Bed Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed and 1 Twin Bed

Bed in Men's 4-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Private King Room

  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Bed in Men's 8-Bed Dormitory

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Private One-Bedroom Suite Ensuite

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 8 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 9 min walk
  • Willis Tower - 14 min walk
  • Lake Michigan - 15 min walk
  • Chicago Theatre - 15 min walk
  • Chicago Riverwalk - 16 min walk
  • Grant Park - 19 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 21 min walk
  • Michigan Avenue - 24 min walk
  • Soldier Field - 26 min walk

Getting around

  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 25 min drive
  • Chicago O'Hare Intl. Airport (ORD) - 36 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive) - 43 min drive
  • Chicago Van Buren Street Station - 4 min walk
  • Chicago Museum Campus-11th Street Station - 13 min walk
  • Millennium Station - 14 min walk
  • Harrison Station - 3 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library Station - 3 min walk
  • Jackson Station (Red Line) - 4 min walk


  • Cafecito - 1 min walk
  • Buddy Guy's Legends - 4 min walk
  • The Gage - 10 min walk
  • Kasey's Tavern - 6 min walk
  • Grant Park Bistro - 7 min walk

About this property

HI Chicago - Hostel

HI Chicago - Hostel offers a great location, putting you within just a 10-minute walk of Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. For a bite to eat, guests can check out Cafecito, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This eco-certified hostel is also within a 15-minute walk of Willis Tower and Lake Michigan. The property is just a short walk to public transportation: Harrison Station is 3 minutes and Harold Washington Library Station is 3 minutes.


Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global), SafeStay (AHLA - USA), and COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 68 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

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


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

What to do

  • Pool table
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Segway rentals/tours nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business center
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1886
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Lockers available


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Braille/raised signage
  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Low-height counter/sink
  • Grab bar near toilet

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products provided
  • LED light bulbs
  • Recycling

Special features


Cafecito - This café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Awards and affiliations

Eco-Certified 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.

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of:

  • Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)


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 carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.
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.

Also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Does HI Chicago - Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, HI Chicago - Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at HI Chicago - Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at HI Chicago - Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at HI Chicago - Hostel?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at HI Chicago - Hostel.
What are the check-in and check-out times at HI Chicago - Hostel?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at HI Chicago - Hostel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like cycling, hiking, and rock climbing. Additional recreation nearby includes segway rentals.
Are there restaurants at or near HI Chicago - Hostel?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Cafecito.
What's the area around HI Chicago - Hostel like?
HI Chicago - Hostel is in Downtown Chicago, a short 3-minute walk from Harrison Station and 8 minutes' walk from Art Institute of Chicago.



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8/10 Very good

Clean and quiet hostel, great location!
For a hostel, this was incredibly clean and organized, really enjoyed the large lounge area to do work, the breakfast, and general demeanor of the clientele (chill vs. party). I would definitely recommend this to others looking for an affordable stay in the city. Also really appreciated the close proximity to train stations!
Darren, 3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Great 1-day experience
The front-desk staff is very nice and helpful, in special the girl who moved from California. The hostel is very well structured with space for you to put your bags if youre not checked in yet, good common areas. Its located in downtown near the subway so it was very practical for me. Lots of sanitizing stations which is a ++++ The cons are the AC that was very strong even in a cold day and they could use some renovations, but nothing that will affect your stay.
Pedro, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

4/10 Fair

Aimee, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great location and service, but could be cleaner.
You can't beat the value for location here. It's full of interesting travelers of all ages and backgrounds. The four bedroom dorm was very spacious and had a common area and bathrooms separate from the sleeping area that made it easy to be active without waking your roommates. I wish it were a lot cleaner and update the furniture that's showing significant wear.
1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

James, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Conveniently located.
This is the second time I’ve stayed here and I would highly recommend to anyone traveling in a budget. It’s close to anything downtown. We stayed here for Lollapalooza and it was super convenient.
Carla, 3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

A model hostel.
One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. A superb location that was matched by the hostel’s amenities and its friendly and helpful staff.
Peter, 3-night trip