Chicago Getaway Hostel


Based on 5,057 reviews
616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, IL 60614, United States
  +1 773 929 5380
Chicago Getaway Hostel - Chicago, IL, United States
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Good to know

Distance to city centre 5.8 km
Location rating 9.1
Nearest Airport Chicago O'Hare Intl
Distance to airport 22.3 km



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  • Excellent
    Oct. 2018

    Worth the money

    Nice staff, really helpful Close to public transportation

  • Excellent
    Apr. 2018

    Clean and close to where my daughter lives. Lots of shopping and restaurants close by and an easy walk to Lake Michigan.

    It was noisy on Friday night but better on Saturday night. The people were quieter. I only was able to get lukewarm water for a shower. Take your own bar of soap and a washcloth. There are none there.

  • Good
    Nov. 2017

    Good Place for A Reasonable Price

    Location is good near to public transportation Cleanliness is acceptable compared to the price Breakfast provided

    Communication between the online booking and the actual staff was not clear. Sounds go through the walls

  • Excellent
    Nov. 2017

    Great laid back place in a more than perfect location, bad breakfast!!

    Love the place and location. This is a very laid back kind of place where you have access to a full kitchen if you want to cook for yourself but is also a block away from an extensive array of restaurants, coffee places and night life. They had Sunday comedy night wich we loved.

    They offer breakfast which is part of the reason I decided to come back a second time but they have down graded the breakfast to bad coffee and waffles which is disappointing.

  • Excellent
    Nov. 2016

    Awesome staff, very clean, great value for the money and wonderful location.

  • Excellent
    Sep. 2016

    Enjoyed my stay

    Thoroughly enjoyed my stay, staff were great and was well worth the price paid. The location was outstanding, Lincoln Park is definitely an excellent place to stay even though it is not centrally located it is a quick subway or bus ride to where you need to go.

  • Okay
    Jun. 2016


    The floor was dirty and sticky

  • Excellent
    May 2016

    Thoroughly researched before reserving,but still b

    Meeting people from all over the world. Availability of free internet w/ free printing, in addition to free Wi-Fi throughout bldg. Free breakfast. For the most part, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Discounted transit & museum passes available for purchase @ front desk. Planned communal evening activities. With interior hallways and electronic locks on guest rooms, I felt quite safe there.

    When I first arrived, desk person told me that my prepaid reservation had been cancelled?!? They had a similar room like one reserved, but not in my stated, preferred location in bldg, but I would have to pay in full at that moment if I wished to stay! That really threw me, but they somehow 'suddenly found reservation'? The first night, I was awakened about 5:30 am by loud music played 'til 7:30 am within a room or two away from mine. A food purchase I made disappeared from the communal fridge! I think coin-operated laundry prices in bldg were outrageous, but did not know where nor wish to leave to find a laundromat.

  • Good
    Dec. 2015

    Good for finances; bad for comfort.

    I got what I wanted, which was a cheap couple of nights with the basics: a warm bed, a warm shower, a warm meal, and proximity to transportation. The other customers in the 16-bed dorm were fine; everyone basically kept to themselves.

    Everything was sufficient but not quite standard. The guys dorm did smell a bit like a locker room. The meal had options but all were minimal. The worst part for me was the parking. One night, I travelled by subway, and that worked great (5-10 minute walk). The other night, I had a rental car with me, and that was the biggest pain of my stay (1-1.5 hrs searching for a parking place). This stress was partly due to my inexperience with big cities, but I wish I had had an earlier warning about it. I felt aimless, driving until a space (without a tow-zone sign) opened up. These really aren't complaints though; I'm just trying to describe well. I expect a twentysomething-dollar stay to be just enough.

  • Excellent
    Nov. 2015

    Lovely hostel; great experience

    This hostel was a gem. Clean, welcoming, super convenient; relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Made what could have been a hectic weekend a total breeze. Loved the neighborhood and fantastic location, with easy access to public transit.

  • Excellent
    Sep. 2015


    This is one of the best hostels I've stayed in on many levels.... location, helpful staff (including the wonderful Sandy, head of housekeeping who greeted me early mornings with a smile, coffee and good company.) Very clean and sense of safety. The computers available in the lobby were a blessing. After my poor roommate got over his embarrassment at being paired with a woman who could be his grandmother (!), we got on very well. Thanks to all.

  • Excellent
    Jul. 2015

    It has a great staff who plan tons of events that cater to a varity of interests. The hostel is located in the middle of everything. It was perfect for some one like me who prefers to travel sans auto. Short walk to metro and a number of amazing nightspots. Oh and the kitchen was amazing.

    It is a hostel with all the little nuances that comes with it. If you are use to hostel travel then this is nothing new to you if not do a little research and find out what your in for before you stay. It will make all the difference in your trip.

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Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to Chicago Getaway Hostel. This hostel sets a new standard for those looking to connect with others while staying in a convenient location. Guests can start their day with a free breakfast along with partaking in weekly social events. A communal kitchen is available for meal preparation. Those who need to work find modern computers with free printing. Numerous spacious areas make it easy to connect with other guests looking for a social experience. Guests can explore the area on the hostel’s complimentary bicycles. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Lincoln Park are all located within a mile of this hotel. Located just one-half mile away, guests can visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Guests may want to visit the numerous taverns and wine bars located near this hostel. It is also easy for guests to get to see everything the Windy City has to offer including the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Most rooms at the Chicago Getaway Hostel are private with full, half or shared baths. Guests can also choose to stay in the dormitory-style rooms for a more communal experience. Private rooms offer a convenient workspace along with a comfortable beanbag-style chair. While most private rooms have a full bed some also have a bunk bed. Posh pads filled with party games accommodating up to eight guests are available. This hotel offers a unique atmosphere for those looking for budget-friendly accommodations in Chicago.




Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

7.9 Good

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Things to Know

  • Friendly atmosphere

Check in

3:00 PM

Check out

11:00 AM


Policies vary by room type and provider.


Complimentary breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
ATM on-site
Business centre
Concierge service
Bicycle rental
Game room
No smoking
Express check out
24hr front desk
Pool table
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Laundry facilities
Pets not allowed
Parking (surcharge)
Gift shop
Meeting/Banquet facilities


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Most Popular Landmarks

  • Lincoln Park Zoo 0.9 km
  • Wrigley Field 2.6 km
  • Graceland Cemetery 3.4 km
  • 360 CHICAGO 3.6 km
  • Magnificent Mile 3.9 km
  • Chicago Riverwalk 4.6 km

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Chicago Midway 17.7 km
Chicago O'Hare Intl 22.3 km
Chicago-Union 5.4 km
Summit, Illinois 20 km

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