About HI Chicago. Explore Our Hostel

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HI Chicago is a great property right in the center of Chicago and one of the best large hostels in the world.

The HI Chicago Advantage

  • Located in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • Quick and easy access to airports, bus terminal and train stations
  • FREE breakfast
  • FREE WiFi
  • Walk to all of Chicago’s major attractions, museums, restaurants, music venues and night clubs
  • 24 hours, 365 days a year, NO curfew
  • NO age restrictions, all ages welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by adult)

Why choose HI Chicago?

HI Chicago is centrally located near major attractions and very close to public transportation. Our 500-bed hostel not only offers guests clean and safe accommodations, but also provides free Wi-Fi, breakfast, sheets and towels, shampoo, maps of the city and discounts to museums and attractions.  There are even free guided tours of the city, along with other great hostel activities!

Amenities include air conditioning, heating, hair dryer, use of shared kitchen, laundry/washing machines and TV lounges. The 24-hour reception and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist guests to get the most out of their stay.

Who We Are

The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel

Our nonprofit hostel welcomes travelers from across the country and around the world. Our hostel serves Chicago as an important tourism partner by welcoming thousands of guests each year, especially younger travelers visiting the city.  We also provides cultural education to local high school students.

The hostel opened in October 2000 and hosts over 90,000 overnight stays per year. At any given time, more than half of  HI Chicago’s guests are international travelers. Travelers rated HI Chicago as the Best Large Hostel in the World three years in a row.


Leading the World with a Mission for Peace and Understanding

Hostelling International USA’s Mission:

To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.

Hostelling International is a global organization with a network of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. Hostels facilitate interaction between travelers and the local communities they visit, and  offer programs and activities that promote greater cultural awareness through travel.