When we were in Chicago, we stayed at the Urban Holiday Lofts in Wicker Park which was a hostel just outside of the city /downtown.
We were there from the 26th until the 28th of December and paid $132.70 (USD) for the two nights for both of us.
We had a double room, it was fairly small but clean and comfortable. We had a street view, and although it was a bit dodgy looking, for our first couple of nights in a new country it was interesting to see something different.
The building is above a shop (what seemed like a boutique grocer), and it doesn’t have a lift so there are three very steep flights of stairs which was a bit of a pain for luggage. On the first level of the hostel is the reception and some of the rooms. We stayed on the second level and it had five or six rooms with two bathrooms. On the upper level are more rooms and also a huge common room which has a full kitchen, bathrooms, billiards table, tv area with a couch and heaps of games and books.
The staff working there while we were there were all so helpful and gave us lots of advice when we asked, which we appreciated. With our stay there they also offer free breakfast – which was three different types of cereal (when we were there it was Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran & Cheerios), plain & fruit bagels with cream cheese & jams and also tea & coffee. For what we needed – it was awesome. If we were to stay in Chicago again, I would be keen to stay here again. On our way in from the airport the taxi driver advised us that we were staying in a rough area – but I don’t think that we felt unsafe once.
We were really close to Damen Station (5 minute easy walk) which is on the Blue Line. To get into the CBD (which they call Downtown here) we caught a train to where the Blue & Red lines intercepted and changed trains which was really quick and easy.
Address: 2014 West Wabansia Avenue, Chicago. 60647
Phone Number: 312-532-6949