HI Chicago Hostel

24 East Congress ParkwayChicago60605USA
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About HI Chicago Hostel

Stay in the heart of downtown, enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout and meet other travelers at HI Chicago Hostel. This award-winning South Loop hostel offers modern no frills accommodation in a traditional red-brick building.

Lockers, linens and towels are provided in all air-conditioned rooms, which feature shared or en suite bathrooms. There are private guest rooms or dormitories sleeping four to ten people.

Walking tours and welcome parties are among the organized activities offered for guests, who also enjoy discounts at selected nearby eateries and attractions including Willis Tower. Amenities include shared kitchen and laundry facilities, TV room, games room, luggage storage, 24-hour reception and elevators. Parking is possible nearby.

Two cafes serve snacks and a free continental breakfast buffet. There are many dining options in the surrounding area.

Wheelchair accessible HI Chicago Hostel is located in South Loop within walking distance of museums, shopping, subway stations and beautiful Lake Michigan.


24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, 60605, USA
Telephone: +1(312)3600300 | Fax: +1(312)3600313 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Disco/ Nightclub
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking lot
  • PC with internet
  • Restaurant
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / corridors
  • Deaf accessibility equipment
  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Good value option for Chicago

With competitive rates and modern facilities, this basic accommodation struck most reviewers as being decent value for money in an often pricey city, although some experienced hostel users thought prices were steep compared to other budget options. It appealed mostly to a younger crowd; often international travelers on a budget who liked hanging out in the common areas and meeting other guests during free activities. Most reviewers thought the place was clean and contemporary with well-equipped kitchens and more than adequately comfortable beds featuring individual bedside lights. Guests mostly appreciated the free continental breakfast, but it was reportedly sometimes chaotic during the morning rush.

Top central location

Guests loved being in the Loop of downtown Chicago for easy access to shopping, dining and attractions like Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate sculpture about 15 minutes' walk away.

Friendly staff

Most reviewers described personnel as helpful and friendly with good local knowledge. However, a few reviewers thought some personnel overzealously enforced house rules at times.

Negative Reviews

Light sleepers disturbed by noise

It was reportedly noisy in the dorms at times due to the sound of other guests coming and going, creaky beds and occasional street noise or the sound of passing trains in certain rooms.

Sharing had drawbacks

Critics noted occasional minor cleanliness issues in some rooms and in the shared shower facilities, but often these issues depended on the attitude of fellow guests and not just housekeeping. Negative opinions were also expressed about the lack of showers which prompted some reviewers to face queues.

Hostel would benefit from modernization

Some critics thought further modernization would benefit the hostel to address issues like slow elevators, a shortage of power sockets in some dorms and occasionally patchy free Wi-Fi, although speeds were reportedly good.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 5633 reviews across the web
8.9 /10
  • hostelbookers
    9.3 /10
  • ebookers.com
    8.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    9.0 /10
8.9 out of 10 based on 5633 reviews