Metropolitan Chicago Council

The local affiliate of the national HI-USA organization is called the Metropolitan Chicago Council of Hostelling International USA. The Metro Chicago Council has a long history of hostelling in Chicago, from the 1960’s filled with downhill skiing and everything outdoors to the new century in 2000 with the opening of the big beautiful J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel.

The hostel’s front desk is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you with purchasing an HI-USA Membership for your travels, or to answer your questions about hostelling around the world.

Board of Directors

The Council’s Board of Directors is charged with supporting the success of the Chicago Hostel. The board’s focus is on fundraising, program development, community involvement and enhancing awareness of hostelling in Chicago.

The directors are excited about the positive impact made by our Chicago Hostel locally, nationally and internationally through the delivery of the Hostelling International USA mission:

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


Sara Dell, President
Brian Lynch, Vice President
Peter Jenkel, Treasurer
Marie Gaudette, Secretary
Geoffrey Balzano
Mike Evers
Rebecca Harding
Sharon Koenig
Marsha Lauck
Thomas Lindberg
Susan Schlegel
Mark Skender
Carolyn M. Weyrich