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Hostelling International Chicago
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Chicago
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3 reviews
“Hotel-like”
Reviewed 26 May 2009

This hostel felt like a hotel. Great location, near State St and Michigan. Also, near Grant Park. Had a lot of things to do inside and they provided and advertised activities to do outside. Walking distance to many bars, restaurants, bus stops and train. Room and overall appearance of place was clean. The shower was kind of everywhere...needed a new shower head. The only complaint I have is, the pool table only had one stick, and it didn't have any chalk...so I lost!!! A little quiet there though meaning it is not a close knit atmosphere...kinda felt empty.

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  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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Prato
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

Had a great time at the hostel in Chicago. As far as hostels in the US go this one of the most well-equipped and pro-active in terms of organising activities. The volunteer organisers were enthusastic and took us on a fab night out where I met loads of new people. There was also a brilliant information area with literature and advisors.
It's a massive place. i was lucky to be put in a room with only 1 set of bunk beds and got on well with my room-mate. There was a spacious common area outside the room. The neighbours were a bit rowdy but obviously that's nothing against the hostel.
Breakfast was good. There were several internet points. Only downside was the noisy train line straight outside the window which led to sleepless nights.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled solo
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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2009

Inside it's a nice hostel, clean and friendly. However I had a room that faced onto the "El" train line, which was very loud almost all night long. And it cost me $27!!!!! to park across the street-- and that was a discounted rate! If you ask for a room away from the El, and don't have to park a car, it would be fine.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2009

We found this place by the information point on O'Hare Intl. Airport.
It's good location (walking distance from: Millenium Park, Aquarium, Sears Tower, Greyhound station...)
There is a good bagel factory on the cornen.
The staff were very heplfull.
The price was a bit high (if you compare with other hostel prices)
I absolutely recommend this place to young persons.

  • Liked — the palce, and so many young people
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

We stayed at the HI Chicago right after Christmas till after New Years. It is in a great location, right downtown, near busses to get everywhere. The place itself is really eclectic, clean, and was really quiet and relaxing given the time of year we visited. Nice Kitchen and other common areas.

  • Liked — Location, price
  • Disliked — Poor wireless signal
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
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Boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2008

This is a decent enough hostel. Property is in very good condition and there is free internet in the lobby area. There is also games like ping pong, a pool table and table football to play.

Despite the decent amenities the atmosphere in the hostel is quite mooted. I'm more used to hostels where groups of people head out at night time to clubs and bars. This is definitely a more family non drinking oriented hostel.

Despite that, its still good value for the money.

  • Stayed August 2008
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Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2008

I brought a troop of 8 girls, with my coleader, from Minneapolis to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. We rode the Megabus (about $35 roundtrip), bought CitiPass tickets (about $60) and 3-day visitor bus/El passes ($9), ate dim sum at Phoenix in Chinatown, and stayed at the Chicago IYH hostel for 3 nights (about $100) --- including meals, our entire trip for 4 days/3 nights cost about $230 per girl. We walked thru Millenium Park, the Bean & amphitheatre, down past the harbor to the Aquarium & Planetarium; ate fabulous deli food at Ada's; Chicago hotdogs, & Giordano's pizza; saw a pretty good DePaul Theater School play at the Merle Reskin theatre for $10; visited the John Hancock building at night; spent a day exploring the Museum of Science & Industry. We shared a (free) spaghetti dinner with a GS troop from Ohio, and talked with people from Germany, London, San Francisco, and Spain.

We gave our leftover Citipass books, that still had coupons for the Field museum, and unexpired bus passes good for one day, to people at the hostel when we left.

The 10-bed room worked out great for a GS troop but did not have its own bathroom; one girl got a little freaked out when an older man winked at her, as she walked down the long hall past the men's room to the women's bathroom. The bathrooms are a bit dark but the women's was fairly clean (I'd bring shower shoes) and never overcrowded.

The bed comfort and the security were both somewhat below average compared with other hostels where I've stayed. The most troubling thing for me was very minimal, lax, SECURITY, particularly given the location in downtown Chicago. For example, my co-leader, who had not ever stayed in a hostel before, did not realize how careful you need to be in an urban hostel and she left her purse on her bed while we ate breakfast --- when she returned, she found that $60 in cash had been stolen from her wallet. We didn't even bother to report this, realizing there was no way to prove who might have taken it, but it soured the day a bit --- again it was a lesson for the girls about how to live in shared space in a big city. Secondly, the elevator was supposed to be operable only by keycard, but in fact, only one of the two elevators was "keyed," the other was accessible to anyone, anytime, any floor... and the security guard on the ground floor was not always staffed... so, it would be pretty easy for anyone off the street to walk in and access the floors. Third, the website describes a "safe" where valuables can be stored but this turned out to be a latticed cupboard behind the main desk... when I asked to pick up the notebook computer I had stored there, I was handed someone else's and I couldn't help thinking how easily she could have handed my things to someone else. I'd think twice about letting them hang onto my valuables in this so-called "safe" again...

Better beds and mattresses would be so nice... the girls were just fine but the wire-mesh bedframes sagged under middle-aged adult weight, and then the edges of the fitted sheets slipped off of the plastic mattresses, so my co-leader and I ended up sleeping partly on plastic, partly on the crumpled-up, detached, bottom sheet... not the greatest for comfort. Wooden bunks always seem to be more comfortable and less saggy, but I assume they must be much more expensive! I'd probably pay extra to sleep on one, though... maybe worth considering as they replace the current beds, over the years...

re breakfast, who's going to complain about free food? I liked my toasted bagel, banana, juice, and tea. The coffee was undrinkable, but I liked my tea. It might have been nice to have some hot chocolate available for the girls but they were fine with milk or juice. Sign up for a spaghetti dinner if you get a chance, ours was great and it was fun to chat with fellow travellers over a free meal. We had our own plans, but the hostel organizes all sorts of "field trips" that guests can sign up for, most at nominal costs.

  • Liked — low cost and superb location, and reasonably clean
  • Disliked — poor security and somewhat uncomfortable beds
  • Stayed May 2008
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Property: Hostelling International Chicago
Address: 24 East Congress Parkway, South Loop, Chicago, IL 60605-1226
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 59 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International Chicago 1.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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