Whether visiting for a vacation, on a backpacking mission around the USA or simply want to save some cash, Chicago hostels are an affordable accommodation choice which doesn’t compromise on quality. Best of all, Chicago hostels place visitors at the heart of the city, meaning no matter where you choose, you’re within easy reach of the area’s top attractions, sporting venues, restaurants and bars.
Whether you choose to stay in a budget-friendly dorm or prefer your own private room, many Chicago hostels come equipped with modern facilities, such as free Wi-Fi in rooms. Relax and meet other vacationers in a spacious common room, eat at an on-site restaurant or prepare your own meals in a fully fitted kitchen before heading out to a local bar.
Walk around the 24 acres of Millennium Park and stop off for free concerts, events and outdoor festivals. Tour the world-famous Art Institute and browse the Medieval and Renaissance works of art on display, and climb the famous Sears Tower where, on the 103rd floor, you can take in the breathtaking views with cocktail in hand.
Famous for its deep-dish pizzas, Italian beef sandwiches, and rainbow cones, Chicago is a veritable gastronomic paradise. Along with these staples, you’ll also find a fantastic selection of Indian food along Devon Avenue and soul food in the Chatham district. For some of the best fried chicken and waffles in the area, head to Daley’s Restaurant on 63rd Street.
This lively city has festivals, exhibits and events all year around, although one of the biggest and best has to be the Taste of Chicago festival in July. The largest food festival in the world, Taste of Chicago both showcases local talent while introducing new and exciting international flavors to Chicagoans in this five-day festival. World-famous music artists such as Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke have also performed here in the past.
The public transport in Chicago is renowned for its efficiency, making finding a reliable and affordable bus, train and taxi an easy task. You’ll also find that many Chicago hostels are ideally located close to the city’s major transport links, so you needn’t worry about transfers on your stay.