Best Hostels in Chicago for a Unique Staying Experience

With inflation on the rise, travel expenses just don’t seem to fit into the monthly budget — let alone staycations! Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars a night to check the next destination off your bucket list. Better yet, these hostels in Chicago all have unique amenities and features at unbeatable prices. With never-ending events to attend, restaurants to try, and games to catch, you better grab those rooms while reservations are still available!

Chicago Getaway Hostel

616 W Arlington Pl Chicago, IL 60614

Located in Lincoln Park, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is the perfect place to crash for the weekend (without breaking the bank). Not to mention, breakfast is provided which features a cereal bar, fresh fruit, and oatmeal. Upon entering, you will immediately be greeted by a cozy and spacious common area. This space has a pool table, foosball table, guitars, and playing cards. There are even weekly social events held for guests!


Come sit and enjoy the complimentary coffee bar with friends or hop on the free wifi to catch up on the week’s emails. No matter what brings you to the city, Chicago Getaway has everything you need.

HI Chicago, The J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel

24 E Ida B Wells Drive Chicago, IL 60605

HI Chicago is the perfect place for those who want to be immersed in everything the city offers. The hostel is just a short walk from Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Bean, Willis Tower, and so much more. In addition to the great location, this hostel was made with the guest in mind. Many spacious common areas are filled with seating options, pool tables, books, and a ping pong table. The guest kitchen is fully stocked, breakfast is complimentary and there is an onsite cafe.


Wrigley Hostel

3514 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

No need to be a Cubs fan in order to enjoy your stay at the Wrigley Hostel. This is the destination for those looking to enjoy a night or two of socializing, relaxing, and good company. The common areas foster an engaging atmosphere with a dart board, ping pong table, and bar to make your own cocktails before hitting the town.
The highlight is the wonderful outdoor deck, perfect for a family-style breakfast or late-night beers with friends (or even the new ones you meet while staying here).

Freehand Chicago

19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Come enjoy the vintage decor and welcoming atmosphere at an affordable rate. Freehand Chicago is located in River North, home to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. The award-winning cocktail bar in the hostel lobby separates this hostel from the rest. Broken Shaker is known for its uniquely crafted drinks made with elixirs, syrups, liquors, infusions, and exotic ingredients. There is no better way to converse with fellow travelers than over the Marky Mark and the Funky Punch (serves 5).

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Selina Chicago

100 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

Selina Chicago is steps away from the infamous Magnificent Mile (an absolute must-visit during the holiday season). The location and on-site features are great for any traveler. There is a library, cozy cinema room, common kitchen, and gym. The Selina is especially great for those looking for a productive and refreshing stay. There are several working spaces with desks, unlimited coffee, wifi, and phone booths.

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FOUND Chicago

613 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Book a room at FOUND and come see what Chicago has to offer. FOUND Chicago is a boutique hotel with affordable private and shared spaces. The attention to detail makes this place special. The downstairs lounge has old books and popular 70’s board games. Guests have access to a communal kitchen with cookware and spices. Take a walk through the lobby and stop at Mason&Mason for the best espresso to start your day. If you’re looking for a fun end to your night, check out the secretive Blind Dragon karaoke lounge. Experience cost-effective travel like you never have before!

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