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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved our stay at IHSP Chicago, very easy to get to as it's close to the blue line which goes directly to the airport and main bus station. It's in an area with loads of great food and drinks and isn't far from downtown also via the blue line. We were welcomed by the very helpful Sam, lovely guy... More 

Thank Lord_Featheringtons
Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hostel, very friendly staff, great value for money, and delicious pancakes for breakfast. Sam greeted me my first night and carried my bag up to my room, which I found very kind - all other staff showed a similar level of genuine concern for the well-being of all the guests, and they were very fun to hang out with!

Thank walterwicks
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We used the hostel for an overnight stay with a group of 13 exchange students on their way to Minnesora the next day. The way to the hostel was described well, it's a 3 min walk from the Blue Line Stop Damen that is easy enough with a big suitcase. Quick an nice reception procedure and check in. Rooms and... More 

Thank Jörg T
Dunstable, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I had a great stay at the hostel, it was in a great location and only took 10 minutes to get into the city via the train! Perfect for any marathon runner who runs Chicago marathon in the future. A very friendly service by all staff and to Sam who showed me round the hostel.

Thank harryy04
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Had to spend a night, and didn't want to wait at the airport. This hostel is on a direct line from the airport, and 2 minutes walk from the station. Comfortable beds, and really clean bathrooms! Staff were super friendly too!

1 Thank SGJumper
Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Stayed for 2 nights in the female dorm. Place is in great location, close to train and some bus stops. Lots of places to eat and drink. Met some friendly people in the hostels and also the staffs were very nice and helpful. Bathroom and toilet were clean (except for1 upstairs that had faulty toilet). My only wish was not... More 

1 Thank v_liany
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Noisy until abt 3am: hall floors creeked (loudly), people loud in hall,doors slamming. Sounded like it was in the room. Pancakes starting at 6:30 am. NO WAY! I had to leave after 7:30 hungry! I would not stay there again.

Thank newdaycolors
1 review
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed there 3 days for a good price. Luggage service is amazing you can leave it for free which most of the hostels don't have this option. Staff was really friendly. 2 minutes walking distance to Damen Station. Everything was good. Definitly recommend. PS: Thanks for the elevator :)

Thank Barış S
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Accidentally double booked for here + luxury hotel downtown. I ended up staying 1/2 nights and liked my stay here better than the hotel! Me + gf stayed in a private, standard double for a conference. It's a cheap stay but the quality of the hostel is comparable to some of the best hostels I've been to in Europe -... More 

1 Thank theurbanite
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect hostel in a nice area with lots of bars and restaurants. It's a good place to meet people. Staff was always friendly and helpful. I liked my single room, which was clean and comfortable (only the ac was a bit loud). Only thing I have to complain about are the showers. But the amazing roof terrace makes up for... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Wicker Park is one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago for nightlife, restaurants, bars and shopping. Downtown is great for sightseeing but Wicker Park is where you will want to spend all your time. Take a look at our video and see how good our location is. You can literally see the trains on the Blue Line pass by a block away. Wicker Park is the hippest place in Chicago and is only 2 stops from the City Center and 5 stops from the Willis (Sears) Tower and Union Station. Our location and hostel is awesome and we know it! Come stay with us and you will see! Less than a 2 minute walk from the Damen Stop on the Blue line. We are not one of those hostels that charges you for everything, you will feel at home here. WE DO NOT ACCEPT LOCAL GUEST. YOU MUST HAVE PASSPORT OR OUT OF TOWN ID *Please note that our parking is very limited and must be reserved in advance. Our parking is $10/night +tax for each car. United States Citizens: You must have a student ID and a travel itinerary to stay in the dorm rooms. Maximum Stay in Dorm Beds: 7 days per month Maximum Stay in Private Rooms: 14 days per month If you would like to stay in our dorms: you must have and show at check in: a current student ID with travel itinerary and/or a current foreign passport. Check in is at 2 PM (1400 hours) on your booked arrival date. *16.4 % Tax is not included in the room rate and due upon arrival You must be 18 years old or older to stay in this hostel. Bring cash for a 2% discount! ... more   less 

Additional Information about IHSP Chicago Hostel

Address: 1616 N.Damen, 2. Floor, Chicago, IL 60647
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Northwest Side
Price Range: £27 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — IHSP Chicago Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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“Great view and company!”
 of 5 bubbles 900akshitad, 1 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Our room, Uptown #4, had what seems to be the building ventilation/AC room in the corner.”
 of 5 bubbles LausMac13, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Stay in 2nd floor will be noisier because the kitchen and common area. Preferably is stay in 3rd floow (upper floor)”
 of 5 bubbles YihuiTee, 28 May 2016 | Read review
“ask for a room with a window.”
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 of 5 bubbles chumsky, 24 May 2016 | Read review
“Location of hostel is amazing, rooms and service is terrible”
 of 5 bubbles CorenS, 17 May 2016 | Read review
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