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HI Chicago, The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel

24 E Ida B Wells Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Explore Chicago

Chicago skyline at night

Discover Chicago

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, Chicago is home to some of the world’s best architecture, culture, food, and experiences.
skydeck at willis tower chicago

14 Awesome Things to Do Near HI Chicago Hostel

HI Chicago hostel is in a pretty unbeatable location if you’re visiting the Windy City for the first time: it’s within minutes of some of downtown Chicago’s best downtown tourist attractions, but it’s also surrounded by plenty of hidden gems, so you can balance your bucket list out with some local favorites.
chicago street mural

How Long Do You Need to Visit Chicago?

Chicago has tons to offer visitors with a few extra days to spare. Extend your visit and really get to know one of the U.S.’s most interesting, diverse, and exciting cities!

8 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Chicago

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and some of the best Windy City experiences lie off the beaten path. Here are eight ways to explore the non-touristy parts of Chicago on a budget!
Lake Michigan from Indiana Dunes State Park

4 Easy Day Trips from Chicago

There's more to explore when you visit the Windy City! Here are some great ideas for day trips from Chicago, which are accessible whether you have a car, or want to take the train.
Night view of historic Chicago theater

48 hours in Chicago

Chicago is a must-see destination whether you’re on a journey around the world or simply looking for a weekend getaway. With its signature hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, blues clubs, and comedy scene, the Windy City is a whirlwind of food and culture that’s not to be missed.
chicago marquee

Responsible Travel Guide: Chicago

Known as the Windy City – for its politics, not the weather – Chicago has a rich American history unlike any other US city. Filled with live music, street art, and lakeside beauty, you’ll find endless opportunities for a unique travel adventure that naturally supports the planet and its people.


Top 5 Reasons To Stay At HI Chicago For Your Summer Concert Adventure

Concert and festival season is in full swing here in Chicago and we are pumped! With Lollapalooza, Adele, Phish, Drake, Pitbull, Pearl Jam, Luke Bryan, Billy Joel, Sublime, and many others coming to town, there’s something for everyone. Here at the HI Chicago hostel we love this time of year because we get to meet music fans from all around the world and reunite with friends who come back and stay with us year after year.

Lincoln Park Chicago in the Fall

Free For All: Chicago

What do hotdogs, blues music, and beaches have in common? You’ll find them all in the Windy City! And here’s where you can find those and more for free:

Chicago’s version of a traditional German Christmas Market

Things To Do In Chicago: Fall

As summer winds down and we cruise into fall here at the HI Chicago hostel, we look forward to a break in the humidity and cool, crisp air. It’s a great time to be in Chicago and we have a few suggestions for how to make the most of it.

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