Chicago International Hostel
- Lincoln Park Guest House
- Chicago Guest House
- Villa D' Citta
- Flemish House of Chicago
- Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast
- Hostelling International Chicago Summer Hostel
- Days Inn Lincoln Park North
- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown North
Funky Hostel in Chicago
In the northern part of Chicago near Loyola University is this funky gem of a youth hostel. Unlike some of the hostels in Chicago, this one doesn't require a separate youth hostel membership (the one on Congress Ave. requires $3 extra).
The 1st trip, I chose a single private room for $40. As far as I can tell there are no en-suite rooms. Free showers are located on the 2nd floor in 2 different locations and there are bathrooms downstairs as well as in the shower room upstairs. The only issue I had with the place is that the 2 downstairs bathrooms smelled of mildew, although you couldn't see it. I'm thinking it was in the wall that connected the 2. Other than that, everything seemed clean.
2nd trip, I stayed in the 8-bed dorm room for a mere $22.50 - not too bad!
You can catch the El line at Granville station which is 2 blocks south on Winthrop and 1/2 block west (walking out of the hostel, go right, walk 2 blocks, then turn another right).
Please use this website to reserve rooms at the youth hostel. It shows what rooms are available on any given date:
Unique Quality: Murals on the wall, funky décor, single private rooms for $40, free breakfast, internet, free limited parking in the back of the building.
There's a large kitchen downstairs where they serve free breakfast of bagels & coffee along with a huge double-doored refrigerator where you can stow some food.
Internet usage is $1 for every 10 minutes, $1 to wash, .50 to dry (ask the proprietor how to use the dryer), there's supposed to be an ironing board available but they couldn't locate it when I asked.
There are a few spaces in the back of the building should you drive directly to the hostel as I did. Double-park out on the street, stow your bags inside and ask for directions on where to park out back. Space is limited so get there a bit early, otherwise you'll be fighting for street parking with the teeming thousands of Loyola students. Otherwise, you could try your luck at CVS which is located 2 blocks south and approx. 2 blocks west of the hostel.
Photos: March 2008
Directions: Granville station on the red line. Walk out of the station, turn right, cross the street, walk a half block, turn left and walk 2 blocks. You'll find the YH halfway down the next block.
Off the centre
Pleasant little hostel near to Loyola CTA stop (red line). It was clean, friendly and served a free light breakfast (if doughnuts really are considered breakfast?). The area did not appear to be the best at first but it turned out to be OK. Loyola University Campus is just down the street.
Unique Quality: Clean, friendly, cheap and in a fairly accessible area (about 30 mins using CTA)
Chicago Travel Forum
Need advice about Chicago, Illinois? Visit the Travel Forum for Chicago and ask our Answer Gurus.