Time to reveal the best hostels in Chicago! We collected the coolest in Chicago with all its plus and minus, with photos so you can see and with personal recommendations depending on the type of traveler you are.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Chicago
- best hostels in Chicago for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Chicago
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Chicago
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Chicago cost 20$ – 35$ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 80$ to 100$ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Chicago USA
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Chicago.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Fieldhouse Jones
Fieldhouse Jones is a hotel and hostel located above the old Borden Dairy Depot warehouse, capable of accommodating a wide variety of travellers.
The space calls back to the 1850s, when Fieldhouses like this one popped up in the city’s Parkside district to give Chicagoans a place to socialize during the harsh winters.
The hostel overlooks a private park and is near to the Freedom Wall and the Chicago “L” train that can have you at most of the city’s major tourist destinations quickly and easily.
The rooms range from private single beds in dorm-style rooms up to multi-bedroom apartments with full kitchens for families or larger groups to stay in.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Cable TV
- Bath products
There is a café on site where you can get third wave coffee, specialty drinks, and diner-style food at any time.
At Fieldhouse Jones there are numerous places where you can relax after a day of sightseeing such as the gym, coffee bar, basement game room, and janitor’s closet-turned-speakeasy.
The space has a funky, vintage vibe with original art, steam-punk style lighting, and retro tennis rackets and other sports equipment for decoration in the common areas of the building.
Fieldhouse Jones is one of the best hostels in Chicago for
- Solo travelers
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
2. Freehand Chicago
Freehand Hostel is located in a classic building from 1927 in River North, only two blocks from Michigan Avenue, a good neighbourhood for visiting art galleries, boutique shops, and restaurants.
Freehand offers private and dorm rooms for up to four people.
All of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, and beds in dorm rooms have curtains for privacy. Female-only rooms are also available for guests.
The reception desk is staffed 24-hours by multilingual staff who can help you to arrange food and architecture tours and other activities around the city such as kayaking, and paddle boarding.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Reading lights
- Individual outlets
- Work desk
- Bicycle hire
There are a restaurant, bar, and café on site as well as a station for guests to make tea and coffee.
At Freehand there is a happy hour each night, as well as yoga, storytelling sessions, live music and DJs, spread throughout the week.
Close to the hostel is the Chicago Cultural Center, Wabash Arts Corridor, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as lots of places for shopping and walking.
You are really in the heart of everything you could want to see or do.
Chicago residents thinking of staycationing at Freehand hostel should note that they cannot stay in shared rooms and will need to book a private room.
Freehand is one of the coolest hostels in Chicago for:
- small groups
3. Found Hotel Chicago River North
Behind the cast-iron exterior of the original Olympia Building is the Found Hotel, a hotel and hostel located in the River North neighbourhood where guests are walking distance from shopping, art galleries and the Magnificent Mile.
Private rooms have one to three beds with a mix of queen, twin, and bunk beds and have ensuite washrooms, toiletries, cable TV, ironings board, and a hair dryer.
Shared rooms have three twin beds. Female-only shared rooms are available.
Shared rooms feature all the same amenities as private rooms for guests to enjoy their evenings and down time.
Rooms have sleek decorations and are relatively low-frills.
The intention of Found Hotel is to cater to nomadic millennials who call Chicago home or are just passing through.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Communal kitchen
- Bike rental
In the basement is a lounge for guests to socialize and play board games.
The hostel can help you pick the right tours and experiences for you, be it hopping rooftop bars, tasting deep-dish pizza, going to a bike ride or a run, or seeing the Bean and other favourite tourist destinations.
Found Hotel is one of the best hostels in Chicago for
- Solo travellers
- Female Solo travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Chicago?
Of course, there are cheaper hostels than the ones we have mentioned here.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
For example, we found Parthenon Hostel to be the cheapest hostel in Chicago, but we found also reviews complaining about the cleaning, the towel rental is 2$ extra… you get the point.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Chicago.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Chicago
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst.
These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Here is our guide how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
Best Hostels in Chicago for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Chicago for solo-travellers?
For those traveling solo to Chicago, I would definitely recommend Fieldhouse Jones. They have a bar on site to meet people, the design is stunning and the staff is very helpful.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Party Hostels in Chicago
Bad news here, there is not a big party hostel in Chicago for party animals.
You can just join a pub crawl, hang out in the hostel bar and find your partner in crime or simply go to a disco club!
For those willing to find their party friend in the hostel, check out Wrigley hostel. The hostel is just a few door steps to the finest bars in town. They do also organize Barbecues and event to encourage guests to mingle.
Sounds good? It has more. Wrigley Hostel offers:
- free breakfast
- free walking tour
- weekly pub crawl
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Fieldhouse Jones: Booking.com
- Freehand Chicago: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Found Hotel Chicago: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Chicago best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Chicago. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Chicago hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- 360 Chicago
- Adler Planetarium
- Skydeck Chicago
- The 606 trail
- The Field museum
- Navy Pier
Flights to Chicago?
The easiest way to get to Chicago is with an internal flight inside the US.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Chicago.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over USA and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Chicago.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:
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Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! On all our articles we ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Hostelgeeks shares with you places we recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries