About HI-Chicago. Explore Our Hostel

Chicago’s Downtown Hostel

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HI-Chicago is a great property right in the center of Chicago and one of the best large hostels in the world.

The HI-Chicago Advantage

  • Best location in the city center — Downtown Chicago
  • Quick and easy access to airports, bus terminal and train stations
  • Safe neighborhood in the heart of the city
  • FREE breakfast, including muffins, bagels, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee
  • FREE WiFi
  • Walk to all of Chicago’s major attractions, museums, restaurants, music venues and night clubs
  • 24 hours, 365 days a year, NO curfew
  • NO age restrictions, all ages welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by adult)

Why choose HI-Chicago?

Starting at $30 nightly, HI-Chicago is centrally located near major attractions and very close to public transportation. Our 500-bed hostel not only offers guests clean and safe accommodations, but also provides a number of free amenities including free Wi-Fi, breakfast, sheets and towels, maps of the city and discounts to museums and attractions.  There is even free guided tours of the city, along with other great hostel based activities!

Amenities include air conditioning, heating, hair dryer, use of shared kitchen, laundry/washing machines and TV lounges. The 24-hour reception and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist guests to get the most out of their stay. You even get the insider view on the best local restaurants, attractions and events.

Who We Are

The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel

Our nonprofit hostel is located in the center of downtown Chicago in a seven-story structure, and it offers 500 beds to travelers from across the country and around the world. Our hostel serves Chicago as an important tourism partner by welcoming thousands of guests each year, most especially younger travelers visiting the city.  It also provides travel education to local students who are interested in becoming more culturally aware and learning about diversity within their communities and abroad.

The hostel opened in October 2000 and hosts over 90,000 overnight stays per year. At any given time, more than half of  HI-Chicago’s guests are international travelers. The hostel welcomes people of all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Travelers rated HI-Chicago as the Best Large Hostel in the World three years in a row.


Leading the World with a Mission for Peace and Understanding

Hostelling International USA’s Mission:
To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.

Hostelling International is a global organization with a network of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. Hostels facilitate interaction between travelers and the local communities they visit, and  offer programs and activities that promote greater cultural awareness through travel.