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HI Chicago

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1 bedroom, in-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
1 bedroom, in-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of HI Chicago

HI Chicago

1.5 star property
Hostel with restaurant, near Grant Park

8.6/10 Fabulous

997 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Connecting rooms available
  • 24/7 front desk
The price is £74
Price available on 25/12/2022
24 E Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Chicago
  • Grant Park - 2 min walk
  • Art Institute of Chicago - 8 min walk
  • Millennium Park - 9 min walk
  • Michigan Avenue - 12 min walk
  • Willis Tower - 14 min walk
  • Chicago Theatre - 15 min walk
  • Field Museum of Natural History - 20 min walk
  • Chicago Riverwalk - 21 min walk
  • Soldier Field - 26 min walk
  • McCormick Place - 34 min walk

Getting around

  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 15 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive) - 32 min drive
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 38 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


  • Tamarind - 3 min walk
  • Meli - 3 min walk
  • HERO Coffee Bar - 3 min walk
  • Gino’s East - 3 min walk
  • Dollop Coffee Company - 5 min walk

About this property

HI Chicago

HI Chicago offers a great location, putting you within a short 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Millennium Park. For a bite to eat, guests can visit Cafecito, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, Michigan Avenue and Willis Tower are within a 15-minute walk. Fellow travellers love the location and local sightseeing. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: Harold Washington Library Station is 3 minutes and Harrison 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
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global), COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC) and SafeStay (AHLA - USA)


Contactless social distancing 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 sanitiser 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 until 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
  • 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


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site 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
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Segway hire/tours nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business centre
  • 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


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


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

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • 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

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

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property 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)

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; 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 sanitiser; 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)
  • COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • SafeStay (AHLA - USA)


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These 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 that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit 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.

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 Chicago
HI Chicago Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
HI Chicago Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Chicago

Frequently asked questions

Does HI Chicago offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, HI Chicago 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at HI Chicago?
As of 26 Nov 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at HI Chicago on 25 Dec 2022 start from £74, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at HI Chicago?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, 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?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at HI Chicago?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at HI Chicago.
What are the check-in and check-out times at HI Chicago?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at HI Chicago and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as cycling, hiking and rock climbing. Additional recreation nearby includes segway hire.
Are there restaurants at or near HI Chicago?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, Cafecito. Nearby restaurants include Meli (3-min walk), HERO Coffee Bar (3-min walk) and Gino’s East (3-min walk).
What's the area around HI Chicago like?
HI Chicago is in Downtown Chicago, a short 3-minute walk from Harold Washington Library Station and 2 minutes' walk from Grant Park. Travellers say that the area is central and good for shopping.

Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Taneisha, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

I was scammed
I didn’t enjoy my stay even if it was just for a night to sleep because it was uncomfortable. The room was warm and cannot adjust the thermostat inside, I don’t like the shared bathroom with a toilet seat that needed to be changed, the carpet needed more vacuuming, the room was tiny. It was not worth the money I paid which was close to $180 for a night in a hostel. I’m very disappointed with which i booked the place with because I didn’t expect to be given a hostel for that rate. It would have been better for me to stay in even just a 2-star hotel to get the comfort of staying in a room with your own bathroom, good air conditioning, clean bed linens for the same rate. I will never again book my future hotel stay through
1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Roderick, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Hector M, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Convenient, Eco-Friendly, Efficient
Cynthia, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

amazing hostel
A simple and amazing hostel. The Rooms and in room toilets were good and clean. The breakfast was simple but good and nice. Just for people who are new to hostel, the room will have 6 people (3 bunk beds)+1 bath + 1 toilet and locker facility (locks by our self). the place also has laundry facility, a dining area with some free cereals and some times free food left. For solo travel this is a best option with opportunity to connect with other fellow travelers. For people doing Chicago marathon this is a very close place to starting line.
Shaheen, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great location and good facilities
Comfy beds, nice social areas and perfect location in downtown Chicago, right by Grant Park. Ideal if you're running the Chicago marathon!
Annalise, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Zulma C, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Better Hostel in downtown
way better than any other hostel around chicago with even same or a higher price
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent, practical and comfy.
It was great and practical. I booked a private room because I was nervous being solo. The room was clean and it was just perfect to get there and sleep. The staff was friendly and they answered my dumb questions. Also, they made valuable suggestions to make me feel safe traveling the city. Last, the hotel is in a very crowded area, therefore is close to several CTA stops and you can listen to the metro line going around. I personally didn´t mind it, I slept nice and comfortable. I do no think is a major issue for me nor it hindered my stay. Last, the residents were respectful and I didn´t encounter any nosy neighbors nor problematic guest. I would totally stay there if I return to chicago.
Iran Maria, 2-night trip
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