Chicago Getaway Hostel
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Chicago Getaway Hostel

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4.5
#2 of 8 hostels in Chicago
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Affordable Style in Chicago's Chic Lincoln Park Located in Chicago's affluent Lincoln Park, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is rewriting the house rules on hostel style. Policies once etched in stone are being cast aside in favor of fresher, friendlier approach. Membership fees are out and hotel-like amenities are in at this stately 1928 Georgian Revival landmark that, ironically, returns to its early 20th century roots as a boardinghouse for women. Today, all guests are welcome to enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, free linens, free housekeeping, a 24/7 chef-caliber kitchen and a BYOB policy. Add nightly events like pub crawls, brewery tours and barbecues and it's easy to see why Chicago Getaway is fast becoming the city's favorite spot for affordable short-term and extended-stay accommodations.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Parking
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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1.0 of 5 stars
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Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Dutch, Romanian

Location

616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614-2682
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Grade: 91 out of 100
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Canadiancitylover wrote a review Mar 2024
Boston, MA
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic accommodations in a top notch neighborhood. Easy to get to anywhere on the South side or the North side from this hostel.
Also like that guests can store food in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboard areas of the large kitchen.
The only drawback is that the showers can be a little slippery, and this visit, the water was slow to warm up.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jamie G wrote a review Sept 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I chose this hostel based on its low prices and proximity to the train, which turned out to be a great experience. The hostel was very clean and the overall design/decor style made it feel more like an upscale hotel with shared rooms than an average hostel, and having access to such nice shared spaces for a $29/night dorm bed was an excellent value.

The kitchen is large and provides plenty of refrigerator and pantry space, but there is no accessible freezer. I had one staff member tell me I could use a freezer that was in a locked room, only to be told later by another staff member that I actually wasn't supposed to use it and the other staff member made a mistake when I asked to access it. They also aren't allowing cooking right now and only let you use the microwave to prepare food, so keep these points in mind when deciding what kind of food to bring.

They do actually provide breakfast at this time, unlike many hostels/hotels, which was a decent selection of waffles, bagels, cereal, coffee, etc.

The desk staff seemed a little...aloof, but the housekeeping staff was friendly.

There are large lockers in the rooms, and coin laundry and detergent vending machines are provided.

The location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood felt completely safe, and the hostel's street and nearby streets are filled with beautiful buildings and trees. The surrounding area/walk from the train was much cleaner than other parts of Chicago and had far fewer homeless people. There is also a large outdoor patio area, which seems to be fairly uncommon in city hostels and also felt safe.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Capsgirl19 wrote a review Jan 2020
Garner, North Carolina
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood. It's also surrounded by a lot of good places to eat. The Fullerton station is 10-15mins away (walking). It's also very convenient.The staff (Andrew, Ashley, & Joaquin) were very patient & helpful.

The room is a decent size and clean. We chose a private room with shared bath. Breakfast is provided daily. We had mini donuts, cereal (2 options), & banana. You're also allowed to buy small groceries & cook your food. They provide bins where you can place your food (don't forget to label, ask the staff for sticker labels).

Our overall stay was great! I might get a room with a bathroom the next time we return.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: From ORD,take CTA Blue line &get off California station. Uber will cost you $10 from...
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Response from AlexK6478, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel
Responded 2 Feb 2020
Thank you for sharing this glowing review! We are delighted to hear about your experience at Chicago Getaway Hostel! We truly appreciate your kind words regarding our team. It's wonderful that you felt valued by each member of our top-notch team. We strive to provide our guests with the warmest hospitality and most efficient service, so this is fantastic to hear! Your compliments are not only rewarding, but also encouraging. We'd love to share another positive, fun experience with you in the future. Have a fantastic day!
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Crystal wrote a review Apr 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is very clean with extremely friendly workers and fast Wi-Fi.

I had a private room that was very very clean upon check-in and all the common areas were quiet and clean. I was very appreciative of the extremely friendly staff that I interacted with at every point during my stay. It was clear that they all went above and beyond to make me feel welcome, respected and appreciated. Although I missed breakfast, the young man who was cleaning the kitchen, was more than happy to help me make breakfast and taught me how to say apple juice in French!

The young men that checked me in, Waleed and Langston, were sooo nice and made me feel like VIP.

A manager, Vincent, went out of his way to make sure that I would have a private area to have my Zoom class in, even after I checked out.

This hostel is in a perfect location, walking distance to a bunch of cool restaurants and a very nice part of Lincoln Park in Chicago. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from AlexK6478, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel
Responded 29 Apr 2021
Thank you for sharing this wonderful review with us, Crystal! We're thrilled to hear you had such an enjoyable experience at Chicago Getaway Hostel! We also appreciate your kind words regarding our team. We're pleased to know that you felt valued by each member of our top-notch team. We strive to provide our guests with the warmest hospitality and most efficient service, so this is fabulous to hear! Your praise is not only rewarding, but also encouraging. We'd love to share yet another unforgettable visit with you someday! Have a great day!
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annie1961955 wrote a review Jan 2020
Wisbech, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel is big and airy. We stayed twice in November and December. The rooms were both clean, large and warm. We had an ensuite bathroom which had abundant hot water. The fridge and microwave were useful. The hostel was close to the transport links and there are a lot of restaurants and take aways nearby. Very convenient for the zoo and lake.
Breakfast in November was porridge, fruit and toast when we came back in December it was pastries. The kitchen that can be used by guests had a fridge and shelves for your own food. There were pots and pans if you wanted to cook.
I would definitely go back if I was in Chicago for the price it was really good.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from AlexK6478, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel
Responded 11 Jan 2020
Thanks for the wonderful review, Annie! We're thrilled you had such a fantastic stay at Chicago Getaway Hostel! It's excellent your room was refreshed properly and that you appreciated our comfortable and clean facilities. That's what we like to see! We strive for excellence and your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another fantastic experience! Have a beautiful day!
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SerenKimbo wrote a review Apr 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hostel was secure. Staff were friendly. There are lockers in each of the rooms. 1st floor bathrooms only have shower curtains, where as on other floors there are more secure doors in the bathrooms for showers. Breakfast can be a bit chaotic closer to the end time, but there is a good selection. There are plenty of space in the kitchen and cubby holes to place food (make sure it's labelled with labels provided and stored correctly.) There is also a water filter inside the kitchen for drinking water. About a 5-10 minute walk from the Brown line. Close to the Zoo and other attractions. Plenty of places nearby to eat.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Use the bathrooms on the second floor for a secure shower
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anoli wrote a review May 2023
Paris, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had opted for a private room with a shared bathroom. Small downside on the quality of the mattresses which were really very soft. The bathrooms were clean for both men and women and I rarely ran into people in them. On the other hand, be careful at breakfast because there is a real rush every morning and the room is quickly full. As a result, we preferred to take our breakfast elsewhere even though it was included in the price.
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Date of stay: May 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The breakfast room gets really crowded quickly
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Bargainhunter6 wrote a review Oct 2023
Rhuddlan, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 4 nights over the marathon weekend in a private room. Our room was spotlessly clean, spacious with a great shower. It was also very quiet as it backed onto the courtyard (room 303). The hostel has everything you need. Breakfast choice was restricted but the coffee was great and we were more than happy with cereal and toast. It’s in a great location - a 10 min walk to Fullerton station in one direction and a 15 min walk to Lincoln park in the other direction. Lots of bars and restaurants nearby. We loved Prost for beers and had a great meal at Parsons. We would definitely recommend this hostel, it’s fab!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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keljopy333 wrote a review Sept 2021
Holland, Michigan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was clean and quiet. Free breakfast was available. Nice, safe neighborhood, very close to public transport and a large number of restaurants and shops. It would have been nice to have a towel rack and shelves for shampoo in the shower so I didn't have to put everything on the floor and shelves for the top bunks so I didn't have to sleep with my phone and water bottle in bed with me. Beds were not super comfortable. But overall great for the price, would stay there again.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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O'Neill483 wrote a review May 2024
Dublin, Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was pleasantly surprised when arriving at the hostel. It's in a beautiful street. Lincoln Park is such a lovely area, I wish I had more time to explore it. Tree-lined streets, great shopping and food options on Clark Street and close proximity to Lincoln Park and the beach. Also close to the subway to head into downtown Chicago.

It's the nicest hostel I have stayed in. Spotlessly clean, large reception area and sitting room. Huge kitchen and fridges and free laundry which I took advantage of.

If you're looking for a social hostel to meet people it didn't give me that sort of vibe, which was fine for me because I was out most of the day. There didn't seem to be any events on and everyone in the common area just seemed to be on their phone and keeping themselves to themselves, which again was totally fine for me.

I stayed in a private room with a shared bathroom. The room was a great size with air-con, a table and chair and a bunk bed (single on top, double on bottom). The mattress was ok. The bunk beds were not great, a bit wobbly ( I wouldn't like to have had to climb to the top bunk), but it was fine and I had good sleep each night. The room was fresh and clean. I stayed 6 nights and it wasn't cleaned whilst I was there. With it being a hostel I'm not sure how this works? I emptied my own trash, asked for new towels and bedding which was fine but I would have liked it to be cleaned during my stay, not a big deal though considering the price, the fact its a hostel and generally how lovely it was.

The shared bathrooms were spotlessly clean. There were four showers in the one closest to me.

The staff were mostly friendly. One staff member was a bit rude when I queried the wifi, turned his back away and clearly did not want to engage (maybe he was having a bad day?) I just felt a bit awkward and like I was troubling him..

And the wifi was the only real negative. I struggled to get connected in my room throughout my stay and had to purchase data add ons which was an extra expense.

Overall though, I would return. Brilliant set up and a gorgeous area.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Anchorage, Alaska6 contributions3 helpful votes
The showers are private and they use shower curtains,each dorm had it's own shower.
Answer from bettie9945
New York City, New York29 contributions17 helpful votes
No TV, that I saw in the room, but there was one in the lounge area.
Answer from Mark C.
San Francisco, California23 contributions22 helpful votes
I stayed on the basement floor and my dorm had a bathroom with shower in it.
Jamie S asked a question Aug 2017
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Is there a curfew?
Answer from Erika M
Ottawa, Canada184 contributions72 helpful votes
No! But there is a quiet hour and hours posted of when you are no longer supposed to use the Outdoor areas.
GermanyGal wrote a tip Feb 2024
Michigan102 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Probably gets crowded in high season. Great place to check out in off months- website offers discounts (25% or 20% off in February and March"
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Stollings6 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Winchester, Virginia18 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask the front desk/concierge anything! They are very helpful!"
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lufc1993 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Sheffield, United Kingdom52 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have breakfast at 7am to avoid chaos"
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anoli wrote a tip May 2023
Paris, France215 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The breakfast room gets really crowded quickly"
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SerenKimbo wrote a tip Apr 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom595 contributions125 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Use the bathrooms on the second floor for a secure shower"
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PRICE RANGE
€73 - €104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesIllinoisChicagoNorth Side / Park West / Lincoln Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
115
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Nearby attractions include Kingston Mines (0.4 km), B.L.U.E.S. (0.4 km), and Greenhouse Theater Center (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chicago Getaway Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Chicago Getaway Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Chicago Getaway Hostel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chicago Getaway Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Molly's Cupcakes, The Pasta Bowl, and Del Seoul.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chicago Getaway Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, and Romanian.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Garfield Park Conservatory (7.5 km), The Rookery Building (5.4 km), and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (4.1 km).
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