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    Chicago hostels: our tips for a low cost stay

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    Joel Fulleda
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    The image ofhostel in the common sense it often coincides with the last resort of the traveler who does not find free rooms in other hotels e accommodation facilities, and is sometimes considered a place of poor hygiene and accuracy.

    Of course this is not the case and in modern times hostels are now a valid proposal for young people who wish not only to visit the beauties of a city, but also to have a real life experience in American cities like Chicago.



    Key features to be able to stay in a hostel are adaptability, as you can have roommates with different schedules and habits from yours, and if you use services such as the kitchen and laundry, the foresight to always leave the equipment as you found it and to allow others to use them.

    In large cities there are different types of structures, from the cheapest to the luxury ones, and Chicago is not far behind. Here is a selection of the most interesting hostels in Chicago.

    Index

    • Wrigley Hostel, 3514 North Sheffield Ave
    • Hostelling International Chicago, 24 East Congress Parkway
    • Chicago Parthenon Hostel, 310 South Halsted St
    • Urban Holiday Lofts, 2014 West Wabansia Ave

    Wrigley Hostel, 3514 North Sheffield Ave

    Located in the area Lakeview, therefore not far from the beautiful Lake Michigan, this hostel has different types of rooms: a quadruple room for small groups of travelers or one with 8 beds, all in excellent value for money, considering the organization and the area outside the center but close to means of transport leading to the loop, such as the red metro line just a few minutes' walk away.


    Finally, there is also the possibility of having a private room with a double bed for those who want more privacy, but of course at a higher price; this Chicago hostel offers an outdoor barbecue area, activities such as billiards and games room, bicycle rental, wi-fi and free public parking.


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    Hostelling International Chicago, 24 East Congress Parkway

    This hostel is located in the south of downtown, just one block from South Michigan Avenue, the street that then flows into Magnificent Mile, the heart of Chicago's shopping and economy, and, like all central structures, has slightly higher rates, but offers many daytime activities nearby such as visits to museums, shops and tourist attractions, or evening activities such as clubs, restaurants and pub.

    Furnished in a warm and modern way, it also offers various entertainment options such as billiard room, bar, TV lounge, internet access points, as well as shared rooms equipped with all comforts.

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    Chicago Parthenon Hostel, 310 South Halsted St

    Freshly renovated hostel in the west area just off the Chicago loop, is an excellent choice for its proximity to the center without being in an excessively chaotic area. The dormitory rooms are divided for women and men, but private rooms are also available, but always with a shared bathroom with other visitors.

    They offer amenities such as cable TV and internet connection in the common area, free-to-use kitchen and laundry service; moreover it is an area close to many interesting sites such as the Magnificent Mile or Lincoln Park with its zoo, easily reachable thanks to the efficient connections.


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    Urban Holiday Lofts, 2014 West Wabansia Ave

    For a low-cost stay, which allows you to completely immerse yourself in Chicago life: it is in fact a cozy hostel and impeccable service. Located in the north-west of Chicago, it presents an economical alternative to the more expensive hotels in the center, just 4 km away, without sacrificing the convenience of travel, thanks to the nearby CTA Blue Line Damen station, and the presence of restaurants and clubs.


    The rooms can be private or shared with other customers for a not only tourist experience but also a sharing one, 2-3 services available per floor, always well-kept, in common with the other rooms. Among the popular free services are listed parking, air conditioning, wi-fi connection and breakfast.

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