Hostels in Chicago

So you’re on a budget. We get it. Maybe you’re a college student, or just out of college and paying off those loans. Or you just don’t wanna break the bank for a weekend in Chicago. But the city calls, and you must answer. So how do you find a place to stay that doesn’t want to charge you $15 for a bag of pretzels and $170 for a bed?

Welcome to the world of hostels.

Now slow down, you might say. I’m not about to sleep on a plastic mattress crawling with bed bugs and STDs. Maybe you’ve watched Hostel one too many times and aren’t keen on the idea of getting hacked to pieces.

And what I say to you is, SHUT THE HELL UP! Sure, if you’re only willing to pay $2 a night, you might find some slim pickins, but there are plenty of clean, respectable, not to mention FUN places to stay for under 25 bucks.

Between Tessa and I, we’ve stayed in over 40 hostels around the world — I’ve slept on trains in rural Hungary, in hostels in small-town South America and on 26-hour buses. Trust me when I say, hostels are not that bad. In fact, some of the best times I’ve had traveling were in hostels. Most have private rooms for those who aren’t into bunk beds.

Throughout our travels, we’ve booked through Hostel Bookers, Hostel World, direct through websites, and some sketchy no-name hostel listings. And we’ve found our favorite is Hostel Bookers. They have great deals, photos, reviews, and are easy to use.

OH, and they want to give us money if you book through them! Sweet.

So Google away, but when it comes down to it, you’ll likely end up back on good old Hostel Bookers. So save your time, and click on the pretty banner below to get started on your Chicago visit!

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Jackie Berkery

About Jackie Berkery

With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!

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