Day 155: Checking Out of the Chicago Getaway Hostel, A Review

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Day 155:  Home again

Day 155: Home again

In both Los Angeles and Chicago when Pat and I met up with local travelers and bloggers, we were asked often where we were staying. When we told them we were at a local hostel, just about everyone commented that they never even realized there were hostels in their city. It’s true. I never really thought about America being a land of hostels because I hadn’t really traveled much here in the past.

I found a good one in Chicago. It’s called the Chicago Getaway Hostel, and it is located right in Lincoln Park in a neighborhood that caters to college students, which generally also caters to the needs of backpackers.

chicago getaway hostel

Everything from reception to the dining area is super clean, fresh and modern. I almost felt as though I were in a boutique hotel (almost) instead of a hostel, a type of accommodation I love but can often leave me desiring much more. This hostel was a breath of fresh air.

chicago getaway hostel reception

A hostel can look cool and have cool people staying there, but chances are I may not even choose that hostel in the first place if it doesn’t have the amenities to back it up. I’m talking free Wi-Fi, hang-out rooms, pool tables and breakfast; this hostel has them all.

chicago getaway hostel pool table

For a hostel, the breakfast doesn’t disappoint. There’s fresh-brewed coffee, cereal, fruit and a selection of breads and bagels with cream cheese, jams and peanut butter to go around. You can eat as much of it as you want, and you can do so in the piano room adjacent to the dining room.

chicago getaway hostel piano room

Or, you can eat and relax in the morning sunshine in the outdoor lounge area for a completely different vibe.

chicago getaway hostel outdoor lounge

Another awesome feature of the Chicago Getaway Hostel is the fact that you can BYOB. That’s right! You get to bring in your booze and drink it in the hostel, which apparently is a feature setting it apart from other hostels in the area.

I really enjoyed our stay at this hostel because of the cleanliness, amenities and location. The red line was just a short walk away, along with a number of restaurants and bars (like the place where we got free chips and salsa). We were a bit short on time and out doing our own thing during our stay, but it is good to know that the hostel puts on a number of group activities for those staying there, like barbecues and pub crawls.

We would have loved to have stayed longer, but Saturday was the day we left Chicago on a bus bound for Peoria, Illinois after 3 long years of being away!

>> While you’re here, why not have a look at some of my favorite hostels around the world or learn more about RTW accommodation options.

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5 Responses to Day 155: Checking Out of the Chicago Getaway Hostel, A Review

  1. Tijmen June 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    That hostel looks amazing. Sometimes you walk into a hostel and it’s a big chaos. But this looks like the perfect place to relax for a few days :)

  2. Rebecca June 16, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Ohh, super close to this awesome Blues club my friend and I went to when I was in town in April. If anyone stays here, I highly recommend B.L.U.E.S over on Halsted St!

  3. Annie June 17, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    I totally agree, small amenities make a hostel!

    I remember being completely shocked the first time I realized that there were hostels in Seattle. You just don’t think that backpackers are traveling in your city!

    This hostel looks great, I’ll have to put it on my list for whenever it is that I make it to Chicago.

    • DAVID December 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      It is the perfect place to stay! My friends and I have been staying there for the last 4 years and I cant say enough about this wonderful place!!

      • Brooke December 2, 2012 at 12:58 am #

        Great to hear, David! I really loved it there, too.

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