Best hostels in Chicago for a unique stay experience

With inflation on the rise, travel expenses just don’t seem to fit into the monthly budget – let alone vacations! Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars a night to check out the next destination on your to-do list. Best of all, these hostels in Chicago all have unique amenities and features at unbeatable prices. With endless events to attend, restaurants to try and games to catch, you better grab these rooms while reservations are still available!

616 W Arlington Pl Chicago, IL 60614

Located in Lincoln Park, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is the perfect place to sleep over the weekend (without breaking the bank). Not to mention, breakfast comes with a granola bar, fresh fruit, and oatmeal. Upon entering, you will immediately be greeted by a comfortable and spacious common area. This space has a pool table, table football, guitars and playing cards. There are even weekly social events organized for guests!

Come sit and enjoy the free 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 you covered.

24 E Ida B Wells Drive Chicago, IL 60605

HI Chicago is the perfect location for those who want to be immersed in all that the city has to offer. The hostel is within walking distance of Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, The Bean, Willis Tower and more. In addition to its convenient location, this hostel was designed with customers in mind. Many spacious common areas are filled with seating, pool tables, books, and a ping-pong table. The communal kitchen is well stocked, breakfast is free, and there is a cafe on site.

3514 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to enjoy your stay at the Wrigley Hostel. It is the destination for those looking to enjoy a night or two of socializing, relaxation and good company. Common areas foster an engaging atmosphere with a darts board, ping pong table, and bar to mix up your own cocktails before heading to town.
The highlight is the gorgeous outdoor terrace, perfect for a family-friendly breakfast or late-night beers with friends (or even the new ones you meet while staying here).

19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Come enjoy the vintage decor and warm atmosphere at an affordable price. 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 unique craft drinks made with elixirs, syrups, liqueurs, infusions and exotic ingredients. There’s no better way to converse with fellow travelers than on the Marky Mark and Funky Punch (for 5 people).

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100 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

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

found hostel chicago
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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. Attention to detail makes this place special. The downstairs living room contains old books and popular board games from the 70s. Guests have access to a communal kitchen with cooking utensils and spices. Stroll through the lobby and stop by Mason&Mason for the best espresso to start your day. If you’re looking for a late night fun, head to secret Blind Dragon Karaoke Lounge. Experience budget travel like you’ve never done before!

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