History

Rich History
in the Heart of Lincoln Park

Chicago Getaway Hostel is hardly a newcomer to Chicago's hospitality game. Back in 1928, our building opened as one of the city's popular Eleanor Clubs, a series of boarding houses for the city's young working women. Later, it served as the Arlington House International Hostel before becoming Chicago Getaway Hostel in 2009. We renovated every inch of the space and, while a lot has changed since 1928, our beautiful Georgian Revival building remains a fun and affordable spot for resting up after a busy day working in or wandering around the Windy City.

  • 1898

    1898

    The Eleanor Clubs Boardinghouses

    Philanthropist Ina Robertson (1867-1916) established a series of boardinghouses for young working women in Chicago. These boardinghouses, called Eleanor Clubs, reached the height of their popularity in the 1910s and 1920s, when six residential clubs housed a total of six hundred young women.

  • 1928

    1928

    The home to Chicago Getaway Hostel was built

    The Eleanor Clubs commissioned Edwin H. Clark (1878-1967) to design our current building in the Georgian Revival Style. Edwin H. Clark designed many buildings including the Lincoln Park Cultural Center.

  • 2006

    2006

    The Arlington-Deming District

    The Arlington-Deming District is given landmark status. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, this district contains a fine array of buildings exemplifying the high-quality residential and institutional buildings historically built in this north lakefront neighborhood. Earliest buildings in the district date from the years immediately after the Chicago Fire of 1871, when this portion of then-independent Lake View Township served as refuge for displaced Chicago families.

  • 2009

    2009

    Arlington House International Hostel officially becomes Chicago Getaway Hostel

    The former Arlington House International Hostel officially becomes Chicago Getaway Hostel. In 2010, our building celebrated its 82nd birthday. We celebrated with giving her a head to toe, tune-up.

  • Present

    Present

    Chicago Getaway Hostel

    Today, 86 years later, we strive to honor the history of our great building and the trailblazing past of Ina Robertson, the founder and first president of the Eleanor Clubs. Interestingly enough, through all of these years; our mission remains the same. Provide a fun, social atmosphere at a price that’s affordable and in a neighborhood that cannot be surpassed.

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