Fun at the Rink
How would you like to watch one of the most successful teams in recent history in all of sports?... Read more
Chicago has so many amazing museums that it may seem nearly impossible to visit, let alone afford, to visit them all.... Read more
The Beauty of Stained Glass
If you are looking for a fun and unique museum experience without spending a lot of money, you should definitely check out the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass.... Read more
Adler After Dark
If you are looking for the perfect date night or even just a chance to take an amazing view of the Chicago skyline at night, then the Adler after Dark promotion at the Adler Planetarium is the perfect place for you.... Read more
Explore the Friendly Confines
The Cubs seem to be just about everywhere this summer as they attempt to break a 100 plus year curse and win a World Series. So what better time than now to take a behind the scenes tour of historic Wrigley Field?... Read more
Adults Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo
As summer approaches and the temperature rises, we are approaching the perfect time to spend the evenings outdoors, maybe even with an adult beverage or two. On June 2, July 21, and September 8, 2016, the Lincoln Park Zoo will be hosting Adults Night Out from 6:30-10:00 PM. ... Read more
Interning in Chicago
Ready for your Chicago summer internship? You have chosen a great city to discover your passion and get real world experience. ... Read more
Maple Syrup Festival
Maple syrup...you love it on your pancakes and your chicken and waffles, but do you know about the maple syrup-making process? We don’t either! That’s why we will be joining you at Chicago’s Maple Syrup Festival, happening Saturday March 19th through Sunday March 20th, 10am – 3pm. ... Read more
Winter's Last Hurrah!
Say goodbye to winter in Chicago with one last free hurrah at the eleventh annual Polar Adventure Day at Northerly Island, February 20th 12pm – 4pm. Dress warmly and head south to ironically named Northerly Island, just twenty minutes from Chicago Getaway Hostel. ... Read more
In the Spirit of St. Patty's
People might think that Boston has the market cornered on St. Patrick’s Day, but here in Chicago, we take everyone’s favorite Irish holiday to a whole new level! St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th, but this year, visitors can enjoy the massive downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12th, which begins with the dyeing of the Chicago River.... Read more
We know that spring feels like a long way off right now, but it’ll be here before you know it and we’re already crazy excited for everything that will be going in Chicago and here at Chicago Getaway that we just have to tell you now! ... Read more
A Chicago Classic
A trip to Chicago isn't complete without visiting the legendary Art Institute of Chicago. The second largest art museum in the country, it offers more than two-hundred and fifty thousand works of art, including famous paintings like "American Gothic" by Grant Wood and "Stack of Wheat" by Claude Monet, making it easy for this to be an all-day activity.... Read more
Halloween is nearly here and if you're ready to get spooky, we're here to help. We recommend guests check out the Nightmare on Hubbard Street 4th annual costume bar crawl.... Read more
Lions, Tigers, and Red Pandas, Oh My!
There aren't too many zoos in the US more well-known than Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Located less than a mile from the Chicago Getaway Hostel, it's one of the country's last free admission zoos. ... Read more
Get Your Money's Worth
Want to see the best of Chicago without breaking the bank? We recommend Free Tours by Foot, who offer their walking tours of Chicago free of charge, encouraging visitors to pay what they feel the tour was worth at the end of it, encouraging guides to give their best on every tour. ... Read more
Best View in Town
If a fear of heights isn't an issue for you, then there's no better view of the incredible Chicago skyline than Chicago 360, located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building, less than ten minutes from Chicago Getaway Hostel.... Read more
Say Hi to Sue
Chicago is home to an array of different museums sure to satisfy the hardcore museum enthusiast, including the Field Museum of Natural History, home to Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton ever discovered.... Read more
The Open Road Is Calling
Sure, it's usually bumper-to-bumper but, for one day a year, Chicago's beautiful Lake Shore Drive is free of cars and open only to bicycles. And that day is fast approaching. Mark your calendar for Bike The Drive on Sunday morning, May 24 and tune up your old ten-speed for a chance to pedal along this popular thoroughfare from Bryn Mawr Avenue to 57th Street. ... Read more
Meet and Greet
Want to see the Windy City through the eyes of an insider? Connect with the friendly folks at Chicago Greeter, who will match you with a friendly, knowledgeable and city-wise... Read more
Colorful and unique- Pilsen proves its originality through its vibrant presence and lightens any traveler's itinerary for getting to know a distinct Chicago neighborhood. Pilsen is a largely hispanic, predominantly... Read more
Lincoln Square Chicago
Food & Drink
The northside's charming and eclectic neighborhood: Lincoln Square proves to be a sort of getaway with it's distinctive relaxing charm in contrast to the hustle of other Chicago... Read more
Coziest Bars in Chicago
By Erica Wiethorn During the unbearably cold Chicago winters, sometimes it takes a lot of motivation to venture outside. But when cabin fever starts to set in, it's best to... Read more
Travel to Montreal
I recently spent my spring/summer in Montreal, and after my first weekend in town, I was really surprised how little I had ever heard about what a fun and interesting... Read more
Travel To Indianapolis, Indiana
Commonly referred to as "Naptown," Indianapolis has recently awoken from its sleepy slumber to a bustling city of fun. Just three hours south of Chicago, and a fairly easy drive,... Read more
Travel to Madison Wisconsin
Just 3 hours from Chicago, Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. The city is a vibrant college town, full of engaged people and plenty to do! University of Wisconsin, home... Read more
Cheap Ways for Chicago Travel
Benefit from travel alternatives that ease your budget, and allow you to spend money on seeing new sitesâ?¦.
Train travel can be both affordable & exciting; allowing you to travel... Read more
Travel to Detroit
Detroit definitely has a reputation for being vacant, dangerous, and bankrupt city. Growing up there as a child, my family and I only went downtown if we had a specific... Read more
Today we are featuring one of Chicago's magnificent northside neighborhoods- Andersonville. A Swedish influenced flavorful community boasting one-of-a-kind bars, restaurants, cafes and independent shops. Whether your looking for entertainment, coffee,... Read more
Best Brunch in Chicago
We love fielding the question of recommendations for best brunch in Chicago to hungry travelers. We've devised a list of our favorite spots for breakfast, early lunches, bloody marys, edible... Read more
David Bowie at MCA
I recently went to the David Bowie exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, here is what I gathered from this wildly popular engagement:
First off, for such a popular and... Read more
Oktoberfest in Chicago
Welcome to Chicago's Fall season. A time when leaves are changing colors, light sweaters are great travel accessories, and the city is booming with festive Oktoberfest events, here are some... Read more
Art Museums in Chicago
We've compiled a list of highly recommended art museums in Chicago along with their current exhibitions that are showing for a limited time.... Read more
Comedy Clubs in Chicago
Whether it's a large venue or independent theater, Chicago has forged quite the reputation when it comes to laughs. Starting with the iconic Second City, it's no wonder our city... Read more
Local Shops in Chicago
As a traveler looking to experience great food, shopping and art scenes, we have some flavorful local recommendations for you. These local shops are easily top Chicago favorites, and will... Read more
Sushi Restaurants in Chicago
Looking for some sushi restaurants in Chicago? We have some tips to catch the best fresh rolls, sashimi, maki, and tempura in the Midwest for your buck. Throw... Read more
Irish Pubs in Chicago
Honoring the festivities of March and the popular St. Patrick's Day holiday, we have compiled our list of Irish pubs in Chicago. There is a-plenty of Ireland-inspired bars, lounges, and... Read more
Brewery Tours in Chicago
Microbreweries are spreading across the United States at a significant rate. Chicago is known for its wonderful variety of craft beer. Its always fun to pick out a flashy craft... Read more
Hot Winter Drinks in Chicago
Traveling to Chicago soon? Well, we have a late winter suggestion for you. Get some warmth from these seasonal concoctions around Chicago to heat your insides with warm and fuzzy... Read more
Vegetarian Restaurants in Chicago
After recognizing pizza and hot dogs and burgers, we need to recommend Chicago's vegetarian scene. These restaurants may cut the meat, but the taste is so flavorful that meatless... Read more
Navigating Chicago's Airports
Airport travel can be a tedious endeavor with potential delays, commuting options, layovers, all within an airport that nearly resembles a city in itself. We're here to provide you with... Read more
St. Patrick's Day in Chicago
Welcome to the best city for celebrating St. Patrick's Day festivities. On Saturday March 15th, Chicago showcases river dyeing, the annual parade, and a near infinite amount of pub and... Read more
Valentine's Day in Chicago
Capture the evening of Valentine's Day in Chicago. We have some tips whether you're looking for a lively singles night or a quiet couple's dinner. Here are some suggestions on... Read more
Best Burgers in Chicago
Already tried our famous pizza? Tackled the toppings of our signature hot dogs? Then you're ready to move on to the best burgers in Chicago. Leaning on its long-ago... Read more
Super Bowl XLVIII Party
Super Bowl Party at Chicago Getaway Hostel
Join us for our annual Super Bowl Party for an American tradition on Sunday February 2nd, 5:30 pm.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
We'll provide Free... Read more
Extended Stay in Chicago
Any prospective guests who are looking for an extended stay in Chicago are looking for comfort, security, convenience, and excellent amenities while avoiding expensive leases. Our boutique hostel should top... Read more
Group Reservations in Chicago
We welcome your group to our award winning hostel!
For group reservations in Chicago, look no further than Chicago Getaway Hostel. We'd be happy to host your group at our historic... Read more
Lesser Known Chicago Attractions
Take a trip off the beaten path of familiar Chicago travel sites and discover these wonderful lesser known Chicago attractions. For this installment, we'll focus on the wonderful, eclectic museums... Read more
5 Best Chicago Cocktail Bars
Need to warm up? Want to drink to a bit of jazz or mellow out along the dimly lit walls of an old fashioned speakeasy? Look no further than these... Read more
New Year's Eve Party 2014
Where will you be December 31st? The correct answer is at your favorite Chicago hostel bringing in the New Year at our annual New Year's Party!
A $10 admission will... Read more
Doughnut Shops in Chicago
The doughnut craze has been sweeping Chicago, here's are top picks for fried or baked deliciousness...
The Doughnut Vault puts out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other... Read more
Christmas Dinner 2013
We're serving up another delicious holiday feast!
Our Christmas dinner includes:
*Dinner is at 5pm on Christmas Day (December 25th) in our cafeteria. The meal is $10... Read more
Discount Tickets for Chicago Attractions
Winter is a great time to take advantage of our great deals on famous attractions, all tickets are available right at our front desk, anytime!
Art Institute of Chicago.
Purchase a... Read more
Thanksgiving Dinner 2013
Celebrate the tradition with us, this Thursday, November 28th at 4pm for $10.00. We will provide all the dishes to stuff you like a turkey!
Delicious Dishes Include the Following:
MASHED... Read more
Fall Colors in Chicago
Here's some spots to check out the Autumn colors around Chicago...
Our hostel's prized neighborhood park is Chicago's largest park that contains plenty of fall foliage, including red maple, ash,... Read more
Best Brunch in Chicago
Where can I get a good Chicago breakfast? We get that question a lot. We've compiled our favorite responses for seeking out the tastiest brunch creations.
2 words: Pork... Read more
Halloween in Chicago 2013
Here's a few holiday ideas for your Chicago Itinerary....
*Join us for our traditional events!*
Our annual Pumpkin Carving is on Oct. 25th at 6pm in our cafeteria. We'll provide the pumpkins... Read more
Unique Bars Chicago
Take a quick trip to some of these really cool bars, pubs, and lounges that offer a unique nightlife experience...
Pinball, old school & new school arcade games, and a... Read more
Independent Shops in Chicago
Let's stray off the beaten path and discover some unique stores to check out that are generally off the traveler's itinerary, from bookstores to vintage shops, we got you covered...
Reckless... Read more
Best BYOB Restaurants in Chicago
*If you need a place to grab some delicious food and would like to bring along your favorite spirits, look no further than these BYOB restaurants...
From stellar food truck... Read more
Recommended Chicago Tours
Being one of the largest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Chicago boasts a lot of different tours. We are breaking them down and choosing the one's that will enhance... Read more
The Art Institute of Chicago
The 2nd largest art museum in the United States, The Art Institute of Chicago offers more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more... Read more
Original Products of Chicago
You already know Chicago is famous for a lot of things: Pizza, the Blackhawks, Hot Dogs, Skyscrapers, but there are some historic products of Chicago that you may not have... Read more
Cheap Eats in Lincoln Park
Yet another reason our neighborhood of Lincoln Park is extremely traveler friendly: we have some excellent, yet affordable restaurant options....
Craving a burger or some pre-pub grub? Make Edzo's Burger Shop... Read more
Great Outdoor Patios in Chicago
Let's embrace the city sun this summer & have some delicious food and drinks at these great patios:
BIG STAR TAQUERIA
In the heart of Wicker Park, Big Star serves some... Read more
How to Make a Chicago Hot Dog
There's quite a few excellent restaurants to grab a great Chicago dog, but it is also very easy to make yourself. The ingredients are easy, and the assembly is a... Read more
4th of July in Chicago
Take advantage of your Fourth of July travels as our city lights up your evening....
Fireworks at Navy Pier
There are quite a few different options for enjoying the holiday festivities, we... Read more
Best Chicago Desserts
Have a sweet tooth in Chicago? Check out any of these spots for the best doughnuts, cakes, pies, ice cream!
**Construct your dessert crawl from delicious ice cream in Lakeview... Read more
Hostel Events Summer 2013
Take advantage of our weekly events to accentuate your Chicago experience...
*Monday Night Blues Bar Outing...follow us to the northside blues mecca, Kingston Mines, we will get you in for FREE... Read more
Chicago is a photogenic city. Here are some ideas for really capturing the aesthetics of a unique environment...
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1. Think: person, place,... Read more
Chicago Breweries Revisited
Chicago Craft Beers.
As more & more microbreweries sprout up in Chicago, we are back to help you choose the best ones. They generally offer tours, samples, taste tests, and souvenirs;... Read more
why should you bike Chicago?
- a beautiful 18 mile lakefront path.
-Chicago is ranked in the top 10 in Best American Cities for Cycling.
-we have brand new bikes for rent at... Read more
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Chicago Style Foods
Taste the famous cuisine of our city at any of these highly recommended joints...
1. Hot Dog! There are some great options for encased meats and the famous Chicago Style... Read more
It's April, and we are headed in to our baseball season. Check out the historic atmosphere of Wrigley Field, just a 25 minute walk/ 10 minute train or bus ride... Read more
Chicago's Best Sandwich Shops
**CHICAGO IS BE TAKEN OVER BY SANDWICHES. DELICIOUS SANDWICHES.**
1. Jerry's Sandwiches: 1938 W Division St, go for the decadent sandwiches, stay for live music & a solid beer list.... Read more
Summer Music Festivals in Chicago
***Now's the time to book your tickets & your rooms for live music outdoor summer fun...***
Behold, the best compilation of live household names & indie/DIY music perfomed in a... Read more
-Stop by are front desk anytime, and take advantage of our cheap ticket prices:
*Art Institute of Chicago.
See the Art Institute of Chicago with an all-inclusive pass for only $23. This... Read more
Best Winter Bars in Chicago
**Warm up with some food & spirits at any of these cozy Chicago taverns....
Simon's of Andersonville
In a neighborhood to the north, lies a comfortable watering hole called Simon's. Not only... Read more
St. Patrick's Day Chicago
St. Patrick's Day Chicago 2013.
On March 17th, all guests of the hostel are invited to meet in the lobby at 8am as we go see the river dyed green and... Read more
Cool Coffeehouses in Chicago
Looking for an original place to grab a cup of great coffee, and take in the Chicago atmosphere? Look no further than any of these quirky cafes....
Wicker Park's strange... Read more
Cheap Ways to Travel to Chicago.
Benefit from travel alternatives that ease your budget, and allow you to spend money on seeing new sites....
Train travel can be both affordable & exciting; allowing you to travel... Read more
Essential Chicago Theater
It is no secret that Chicago is rich & excellent with theatre venues, production, & acting, visit one while you are here....
A Steppenwolf Production.[/caption] Home to many great actors like... Read more
Chicago's Best Jazz Clubs
Chicago & Jazz music are both historically enjoyable, put them together & you have the makings of a memorable evening. Plan on hitting up any of these great clubs...
Green Mill... Read more
Chicago Hot Dogs.
Chicago has quite a few trademark foods. We are here to inform you of some delicious encased meats, try any of these outstanding options for hot dogs.
Chicago Dog House.
Chicago Dog... Read more
Experience the unique urban setting Chicago offers its visitors. Architecture enthusiast or not, you will be enthralled by the city's vast construct....
Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago
Frank Lloyd Wright's influence is... Read more
The legendary blend of thick crust, melted cheese, and gourmet sauce on top is displayed as one of many reasons Chicago is famous.....we give you pizza recommendations....
One of the... Read more
Super Bowl Hostel Party 2013
Super Bowl XLVII, anyone??
Watch the BIG GAME at our third annual Super Bowl Party, come watch the thrills, meet some fellow travelers, and take part in another epic battle for... Read more
Best Noodles in Chicago
It's winter, let's warm our bellies with a comforting bowl of hot noodles from any of these places that craft housemade noodles:
Sharing is fun, mix & match big... Read more
Chicago Dance Clubs
Lace up your dancing shoes & hit up some of the best Chicago clubs our city has to offer...
Renovated and made nightlife worthy sleek in 2006, Wrigleyville's Smart Bar... Read more
Vegetarian Restaurants in Chicago
Chicago knows burgers, hot dogs, pizza, but we also have some great spots that leave out the meat, here are our picks for vegetarian options...
Karyns on Green.
Hip decor meets vegan... Read more
Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Chicago
Sure, drinking a few good beers is fun, but hit up one of these special spots for a masterfully made cocktail....
the violet hour.
the violet hour
You deserve a fancy cocktail. At... Read more
Booze & View in Chicago
In the mood for a few cocktails along with a film or two? Check out these places that allow alcohol with a side of visual stimulation...
Brew & View Vic Theater[/caption]... Read more
Chicago Restaurants Worth the Wait.
Behold, these restaurants are notorious for line waiting & awkward moments standing near doorways, BUT these establishments are also prominently known for their most excellent dishes. Leave a little early... Read more
Chicago Independent Art.
Need an original holiday gift idea? Curious about local urban art? Check some of these local artist run shops...
Sometimes messy is good. Paperish Mess displays a medley of locally... Read more
Student Stays at Chicago Getaway
Affordability. Comfort. Location. Friendship. Some of the essential things you need in a second home. We provide all of the necessary amenities for your Chicago stay while you further your... Read more
Great Sushi in Chicago
The capital of the Midwest packs a punch when it comes to sushi, enjoy the colors as we recommend some of our favorite places for maki, sashimi, & beautiful rolls...
Kabuki... Read more
Award Winning Chicago Hostel
Explore Chicago and use our hostel as your comfortable base of travel. Here are some reasons why you should stay with us:
Location (Lincoln Park)
With an admirable Walk Score of 97,... Read more
Smaller Museums in Chicago
Learn. Discover. Explore. Chicago has numerous museums encompassing art, science, history and more. We offer the discounted CityPass for the larger museums & towers here by following this link. If... Read more
Halloween in Chicago
We are on track to provide you with the makings of a great Halloween in Chicago:
Urban legend, supernatural myth comes alive in this popular tour constructed by author Ursula... Read more
Here are some recommendations for stage driven entertainment, comedy or drama, Chicago has a wide variety of theatrical shows & venues...
Historic. Comedy. Iconic. Chicago. These words are synonymous with... Read more
Lincoln Park Restaurants
We are in a most excellent Chicago neighborhood for dining. Whether you want a quick carry out, or a nice dining experience, try these...
Middle Eastern fast food without the... Read more
Live Music Venues
In the 3rd largest city in the U.S... sometimes smaller & cheaper is better for exploring live music venues, here is a list of our favorite little concert halls for... Read more
Chicago is a big shoulder city known for its infamous gangsters, national sports teams, cultural foods, jazz, economic hardship, impressive architecture, and beer! The history behind beer spans across the... Read more
Chicago has a lot of history that involves infamous gangsters, impressive architecture, national sports, cultural foods, and beer.... Read more
Chicago Jazz Music
Behold, the 34th annual Jazz Festival kicking off Aug. 30th and running through Sept. 2nd...
Chicago Jazz Fest circa 1979
As it began in 1979, with a tremendous turn out of... Read more
Asian Cuisine in Chicago
Taste the flavor of Asian culture in Chicago cuisine. Whether its Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or Thai, we have some wonderful recommendations for you.
Tank Noodle has become quite the local... Read more
Baseball in Chicago
We still have a good fraction of warm weather left in the Windy City, what better summer pastime than to catch a ball game?
Northside pride. Experience the friendly confines of... Read more
Moving to Chicago
Relocating to the Windy City? We have some tips for your itinerary...
1. Apartment searching. Sure, Craigslist can be helpful, but how about searching a more apartment-orientated site? Both Domu &... Read more
Chicago's Lakefront Path
Behold the majestic lakefront path, an 18 mile stretch of parks, beaches, attractions, skyskrapers, and joggers & cyclists, just down the street from our hostel. Whether you use it for... Read more
Stop by our front desk anytime and save on the best Chicago attractions.
Visit the Willis Tower Skydeck & experience the unforgettable Ledge, at 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge's... Read more
July Festivals in Chicago
More warm weather, more urban outdoor extravagance...
Get a taste of Chicago at The Taste of Chicago. The annual FREE fest of fests is back with a huge music lineup.... Read more
Notorious Chicago Restaurants
The Weiner Circle is gaining more & more notoreity as we speak. Go for the grub, stay for the show...it's no more than a 10 minute walk from our front... Read more
Pitchfork Music Festival 2012
Hey music enthusiasts, the colossal annual indy festival: Pitchfork is nearly upon us, check us out for some of the lowest rates & best atmospheres for Chicago festival accommodations book... Read more
Best Chicago BBQ
Behold Chicago's great BBQ joints, the sunshine is here, get a delicously flavorful experience at any of these highly recommended locations:
offers a great fusion of Southern hospitality &... Read more
Chicago Festivals in June
Take a trip to Chicago & visit any of these popular festivals...
Grant Park hosts the FREE 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival. The festival kicks off Friday June 8th at 11am... Read more
Whether it's a festival, music event, market or park, our city captivates travelers in the Spring/Summer months...
Free Music Mondays is back. The infamous downtown sound project kicks off May 28th... Read more
Discounts on Chicago Attractions
Chicago Getaway Hostel has more excellent discounts on major Chicago attractions for you, available at our front desk anytime!
The Sky Deck @ Willis Tower=$14.00 (normally $17.50, save 20%)
John Hancock... Read more
Secondy City Discounts!
**Discounted Performances For Guests of The Chicago Getaway Hostel**
*The Second City Training Center offers a weekly dose of fresh talent every weekend. Top Notch actors/Conservatory graduates give rise to... Read more
Chicago Comedy Clubs.
(verb) to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a... Read more
1. In 1900 Chicago successfully completed a massive and highly innovative engineering project- reversing the flow of the Chicago River so that it emptied into the Mississippi River instead... Read more
Best Chicago Parks
Amidst the skyscrapers, shops, eateries, & entertainment venues, Chicago has some beautiful park areas, check some of these out...
Behold, a charming park modeled after The Wizard of Oz, consisting... Read more
Chicago Music Festivals
In need of cheap, accessible, social, yet modern accommodations in light of the upcoming music fests? Book with us for any of these upcoming events...
Yep, the ultimate indie fest in... Read more
Great Chicago Tours
Whether you want to walk, take a boat, or experience a thematic bus ride, these tours come highly recommended...
Tease your taste buds with the Chicago Food Planet & their... Read more
Spring Events in Chicago
The warm weather is already sinking in, we're geared up for Spring, you should to, as we preview these upcoming events....
Get ready for Germany in Chicago kicking off May 31st-June... Read more
Lincoln Park Nightlife
We know Chicago's downtown area has some must-see attractions during the daytime, but it is a business district & it does hold the stigma of shutting down quite early. ... Read more
Cheap Ethnic Dining in Chicago
Chicago is the diverse dining capital of the U.S., so many ethnicities, so many inexpensive & delicious restaurants....
Spanish dining is too much fun. At Cafe Iberico, the tapas is cost-efficient,... Read more
Chicago's Best Breakfast
Looking for a delicious & wholesome morning meal? We get asked a lot. You never know where the night will take you, but come morning, you can bank on these... Read more
Saving Money When Traveling
You are practical with your $$$, you are already booking with our affordable hostel. Here are a few additional money saving tips amidst your travels....
1. Check out groupon.com. This site... Read more
It's winter. What better way to explore Chicago than the wonderful indoor attractions offered through a splendid discount with Chicago' CityPASS. We have it right here at our front desk... Read more
Top Ranked Hostel Worldwide
We would like to take this moment to thank all of our past, present, and future guests for their wonderful support as we were recently ranked #4 WORLDWIDE as Best... Read more
Great Sports Pubs in Chicago
Bask in the revelry of your favorite team & see why this pub always seems to make the Best Football Bar Lists of North America. The highly-rated Globe Pub has... Read more
Super Bowl XLVI Party
Join us for our annual Super Bowl Party.
Sunday, February 5th at 5pm Enjoy FREE food while watching the BIGGEST game of the year, right here in the comfort of our... Read more
Bowling, Billiards, & Fun in Chicago
Let's go bowling. The hostel is within walking distance from both Seven Ten Lounge & Southport Lanes. Both alleys use an old school approach to the sport, with Southport Lanes... Read more
Chicago...The Brew City!
Beer, it's here. . .
We're here to put the myth of terrible AMERICAN beer to rest. Chicago offers many great home-grown breweries and best off all, they're all over the... Read more
Tasty Chicago Bakeries
Subdue your sweet tooth with some savory baked items, delicious comfort foods, & decadent travel treats....
Bleeding Heart Bakery: 1955 W Belmont Ave. Boasted as local, sustainable, & punk rock, this... Read more
Movie Theaters in Chicago
Dear Traveller, the Chicago winter is now fully upon us, despite the multitude of exciting attractions, one may want to catch a movie while in town, here are a few... Read more
Best Tacos in Chicago
Welcome to Chicago. You've heard about our pizza & hot dogs, but Chicago is also a delicious haven for tacos, whether you want them authentic or with original flare, check... Read more
Best Record Stores in Chicago.
Whether or not you're a collector of vinyl, most of these shops sell all types of music, movies, & entertainment at great prices, all of them are fun to browse... Read more
Chicago Restaurant Week
More than 200 restaurants come together to bring you 10 days of pure dining pleasure. Whether you want to revisit your favorite haunts or scope out new hot spots,... Read more
Chicago Auto Show
The World's Largest Auto Show is Rolling In....
With nearly 1,000 vehicles on display, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America. Here's what you'll find on... Read more
Unique Dining in Chicago.
Check out one of these unparalleled places to eat for a memorable sit-down dining experience in a delightfully unique setting...
Let's get ethnic. It's no wonder Hema's Kitchen is so high-ranked... Read more
Christmas Day in Chicago
Looking for something to do on the 25th while staying w/ us? Here are a few festive options....
Our beloved urban park is open for holiday strolls, memorable pics, &... Read more
New Year's Eve Party
Bring in 2012 with us at the best hostel party in Chicago...
2012 is coming & so is our New Year's Eve Hostel Bash.
We're selling bracelets for a night of... Read more
Holiday Hostel Events
If you happen to find yourself here for the holidays, join us in our spectacular holiday events....
Let's enjoy the winter holidays good & proper with some terrific dinners, parties, &... Read more
Winter 2011 Hostel Events
Introducing Millenium Park/Christkindlmarket Expeditions...
Every Sunday, join us in the lobby at 12pm as we head downtown to browse the seasonal Christkindlmarket and partake in the majestic Millenium Park Ice Skating... Read more
Greetings sports fans in Chicago. As the NBA announces that the delayed season will finally get started on December 25th, we will be anxiously awaiting the regular season schedule...
Wow...but we... Read more
Places to Eat in Lincoln Park
Welcome to our neighborhood. It is one of the best neighborhoods to indulge in delicious Chicago cuisine. Here are a few of our personal recommendations....
This new place... Read more
Winter Festivities in Chicago
Come see why we were voted #1 on Hostelworld.com for the month of October. In addition, Take advantage of these great events....
Lincoln Park Zoo Zoolights is back & brighter than... Read more
Ice Skating at Millennium Park
Enjoy Chicago's Winter Wonderland with Ice Skating at Millennium Park. Check out all of the details below!
Title: Ice Skating at Millennium Park
Location: Millennium Park Chicago
Link out: Click here
Description: Kicking off... Read more
Skating in the Sky
Title: Skating in the SkyLocation: John Hancock ObservatoryLink out: Click hereDescription: "Ice"-skating in short sleeves? More than 1,000 feet in the air? With bird's-eye views of Lake Michigan? It's not... Read more
Title: Genghis KhanLocation: The Field MuseumLink out: Click hereDescription: Learn the story of his life, his land, his people, his culture and his enduring legacy. Famous as a ruthless Mongol... Read more
Thanksgiving in Chicago
Thanksgiving in Chicago is a wonderful time of year with lot's to do. There are advantages to being in a major metropolitan area on a holiday, in the suburban areas... Read more
Fall/Winter Student Housing
Looking for Winter Student Housing? Look no further!
**These special student rates are available from October through March**
Coming to Chicago to study and need an inexpensive, comfortable, youthful, and vibrant place... Read more
Exploring Oak Park
Fans of architecture should rejoice, Oak Park is a neighborhood that blossoms with distinctive aesthetic structures, mainly because Frank Lloyd Wright left a sizeable mark on this Chicago neighborhood. Between... Read more
As we continue to explore the concept of Chicago as a city of neighborhoods, we must mention Lakeview, a neighborhood positively packed with entertainment. Whether you want food, drinks, shopping,... Read more
Exploring Lincoln Square
On the subject of discovering some very cool neighborhoods, one must explore the distinct shops, restaurants, and parks of beautiful Lincoln Square.
Cafe Sel Marie is located in the central hub... Read more
Exploring Hyde Park
It's no wonder a lot of travellers set their sights on this south side neighborhood...
Enjoy the exhibits of the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Whether it's a stroll... Read more
October Events in Chicago
Autumn is a beautiful & ideal time to visit Chicago. Here's some reasons why....
The lakefront path is a picturesque playground you should be a part of this fall, whether... Read more
Explore Chicago with a hop on/hop off trolley tour. You are free to get on & off the bus during its 13 mile route to eat, shop, & see all... Read more
Alternative Things To Do In Chicago
Here's some alternative ideas off the tourist's radar...
Agility. Speed. Strength.
None of these qualities will be of any use in the highly-competitive world of WhirlyBall. Although it combines lacrosse, hockey... Read more
Weekly Social Events at The Getaway
Come experience an integral part of being a great hostel...partake in our social events & have a blast with us...
LIVE MUSIC MONDAYS:
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Cheap Eats in Chicago
Check out some of these inexpensive eateries to nourish your belly on your travels....
Stop off at Big Star & visit their patio area for some delicious beer & tacos stuffed... Read more
Chicago has become quite the mecca for breweries. Here's a few you may want to check out...
Metropolitan Brewery is a great independent company that works hard at producing... Read more
Live Music in Chicago 101
Welcome to a perfect city for LIVE MUSIC, whether you're in the market for a small & intimate venue OR a sprawling outdoor fest, you've touched down on the right... Read more
The Chicago Lakefront
As we are within walking distance to the lake, this summer is the season where you need to be LAKESIDE, whether at a beach, on the bike/running path....or how about... Read more
Summer Dancing in Chicago
Pack up your dancing shoes and take advantage of this FREE event. Chicago SummerDance 2011 is taking over Grant Park.... here's the info: *Every Thursday through Sunday from July... Read more
Here's a few most historically excellent bars, pubs, taverns, and lounges to quench your summer-stricken thirst...
"Operated as a speakeasy in the last year of prohibition, 1933, and was one of... Read more
Cheap Things to Do in July
Mid-summer events are the best...we're keeping you informed for the month of July...
Rent a hostel bike and take a ride to the Tour De Fat, a free festival that celebrates... Read more
Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field
Guess who's coming to Wrigleyville, Chicago?
In his first Chicago concert since 2005, Sir McCartney headlines Wrigley on July 31st/Aug. 1st. Book your cheap accommodations with Chicago Getaway as we are... Read more
Crosstown Classic 2011
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox don't miss the rivalry & action of the infamous Crosstown Classic. Tickets start around $35.oo & the games @ U.S. Cellular Field are June... Read more
Chicago Festivals in June
Summer is upon us and Chicago is the place to be, here are some popular fests to experience this month...
Green City Music Fest is coming on the popular weekend of... Read more
Lincoln Park After Dark Tour
Title: Lincoln Park After Dark TourLocation: Chicago Getaway HostelLink out: Click hereDescription: $10 FOR HOSTEL GUESTS
Lincoln Park has many different areas of interest: the lakefront, Lincoln Park Zoo,... Read more
Chicago Beaches Revisited
Beach season has finally bestowed itself upon our city once again, take advantage of these great locations...
North Ave. Beach is one of the city's most popular sunny summer spots. This... Read more
Free Music Mondays in Chicago
Mondays. Millenium Park. Downtown Sound. Great lineups. All summer long.
Bring a blanket & a bottle of wine & maybe some snacks too. The weather is beautiful, and you should... Read more
Best Chicago Hot Dogs
Whether you're in the market for a Chicago-style dog (pickles, sport peppers, mustard, onions, sweet relish & a dash of celery salt) or just a darn good hot dog, grab... Read more
Chicago Art Exploration
Hey art enthusiasts, here's some real groovy art spots to visit while on your Chicago travels...
The Museum of Contemporary Art is conveniently located right by The John Hancock Observatory at... Read more
Our Weekly Hostel Events
Take advantage of our weekly hostel events that will surely illuminate your stay.
Every Monday we have a FREE Blues Bar Outing to one of our historic neighborhood blues venues. Whether... Read more
Bike The Drive 2011
Later this month, beautiful Lake Shore Drive is cleared of all cars for your pedaling pleasure...
Bike The Drive 2011 happens May 29 & the drive closes early at 5:30am to... Read more
Downtown Chicago Exploration
The weather is getting more pleasant, and there's always fun to be had in the downtown area...
Navy Pier! Number one on many travel to-do lists, this is Chicago's lakefront playground.... Read more
Pitchfork Music Festival 2011
Every year we provide our guests with affordable accommodations for Pitchfork Music Festival, this year is no different. Here's why you should book your room with us today:
*Cheap... Read more
Spring Events in Chicago
Spring has sprung with some upcoming outdoor events...
Want a taste of Germany? Mayfest delivers heaping servings of brats and beer and live music, it kicks off June 2nd in beautiful... Read more
Chicago Book Shops
In need of some literature amisdt your travels? Look no further than these formidable book dealers...
Bookworks is AWESOME. They have a great selection of used & new items including books,... Read more
Welcome to Our New Kitchen.
Our new kitchen is beautiful and ready for action...
We've got induction burners, massive counter space, new cookware & silverware, a dish-washing station, enormous industrial fridges , stainless-steel sinks, an ice... Read more
Lincoln Park Bar Crawling
Our Chicago neighborhood has a ton of well-known & worthwhile pubs, taverns, lounges, and bars. Here are a few suggestions within walking distance of our hostel for your bar-hopping adventures:
Small... Read more
St. Patrick's Day 2011 Chicago
Come stay at the Getaway Hostel on March 12th and enjoy the festive weekend of river dyeing, parade celebrations, and bar crawling to bring in 2011's St. Patrick's Day.
March 12th... Read more
Chicago by way of Belgium
Maarten Geinaert hails from Brugge, Belgium but chose Chicago Getaway Hostel as his lodging base for his U.S. travels. Thus far, he's having a great time, we sat down with... Read more
Coffee Shops in Lincoln Park
The winter weather finally feels like it's breaking here in Chicago, good days to take a stroll and visit a cafe.
The Noble Tree is located right around the corner from... Read more
Historic Gangster Sites in Chicago
Chicago has a rich history of gangsters. Here at the Chicago Getaway Hostel, we know this and can recommend some really cool historic sites & tours....
The infamous Biograph Theater is... Read more
Blizzard Survival Tips
!! BRACE YOURSELF !!
Let us help you prepare . . .
As you know Chicago is gearing up for a severe weather storm. 24" of snow are possible. . .... Read more
Super Bowl XLV at the Hostel
Mark your calendars for February 6th and watch THE BIG GAME with us at the Chicago Getaway Hostel. BYOB with free snacks and stuff.
Kickoff is at 6:30pm, be here... Read more
Chicago Museums in Winter 2011
So many museums, so many exhibits, and a whole lot of free days!
Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, Lions of Tsavo...sound interesting? Visit The Field Museum for a trip that's always fun &... Read more
Upcoming Chicago Events
Here's a few reasons why you should book your stay with Chicago Getaway Hostel for February, March, April, and May or just about every day...
The largest North American auto event... Read more
Best Chicago Burgers
You've heard about Chicago's famous pizza, but what about our award winning hamburgers? Check these places out for the best beef in a bun...
If you haven't heard of it, Kuma's... Read more
TNK Festival 2011 Chicago
Here at the hostel we're psyched about the TNK Festival coming to Chicago January 12-16th at Lincoln Hall, Metro, and Schubas. A 5 day pass is $100 and includes an... Read more
New Year's Eve Chicago 2011
Making plans for New Year's Eve? Make them with The Chicago Getaway Hostel, and find a party....
Here are a few suggestions for cheaper celebrations that will let you party for... Read more
Christmas- Chicago Getaway Style!
Christmas Day Recommendations- hostel/style
Christmas Day- December 25, 2010
Food, what could be more important?
Select Cut Steakhouse- (773) 244-1500 - Open from Noon-10pm, see their MENU
Take #8 Halsted Bus from... Read more
Celebrating Winter in Chicago
Coming to our beloved city in the winter season? Don't mind some cold temps, there is a beautiful side of Chicago to explore this season:
Christkindlmarket anyone? An open-air market featuring... Read more
Cheap & Awesome Chicago Theater
Here are just a few affordable, really cool,nice and warm theaters for you to visit this winter:
The Viaduct Theater is cool not just because it's literally located under a viaduct,... Read more
Chicago's Live Music Scene
Get out of the cold and into one of these comfortable venues....
Just a short stroll from our hostel, Lincoln Hall is proving to be an excellent neighborhood addition. If you... Read more
Great Chicago Neighborhoods
We are a city of neighborhoods, and this makes our town a diverse and beautiful playground for travel. Here are just a few excellent locals to experience...
Lakeview, home of The... Read more
Chicago Sports Tickets, Games, & More
The sports season is upon us. Professional hockey and basketball seasons have respectfully started, players & fans are preparing for the exciting seasons. Grab your gear, get your tickets, and... Read more
Cool Places to Shop in Chicago
When you're vacationing is it not inevitable to come home with a lot heavier of a suitcase than when you started? Well, here are some tips on where you can... Read more
The Chicago CityPASS
Coming to the city? The Chicago Getaway Hostel has some great discounts for guests. We just got an outstanding deal on CityPASS which we will be selling for $69.00 (adult... Read more
Good Places to Eat in Lincoln Park
Welcome to our neighborhood, dear traveler. Looking for some excellent Northside food for cheap? We got you covered. Here are some of our hostel approved places that will satisfy your... Read more
Chicago Marathon 2010
On 10-10-10, The Chicago Marathon begins again. It is one of the 5 Major World Marathons. This 26.2 mile race includes 20 aid stations, a start location in beautiful Grant... Read more
Riot Fest 2010
Achtung punk rock enthusiasts! The annual Riot Fest concert series will bestow its snarling, three-chord, beer-swilling, band-filled, moshing, crowd-surfing, glory upon our city once again. If you need... Read more
Things to do in Chicago September 2010
Chicago is becoming big music fest central. We know you've heard of Pitchfork and Lallapalooza, but we'd like to introduce you to a new concert series, NorthCoast Music Festival. This... Read more
Chicago Beaches: Enjoy Them Today!
Let's cool off. We love Chicago summers but sometimes the sun gets a little too fierce. Here are some spots to enjoy the lakefront...
North Ave. Beach is loaded with fun... Read more
Summer Festivals in Chicago
Wow. It's already July, but the good news is that we still have a ton of cool events for you. From food to live bands and airplanes, check these out:
Mmmfood,... Read more
Chicago's Best Neighborhood
Dear Traveler, we will let you in on a little secret. Part of why we are the best hostel in Chicago is because of our beautiful neighborhood, Lincoln Park. In... Read more
Quick Q & A w/ a Guest.
I recently sat down with returning guest and awesome guy, Scott Frankcombe for an informal interview. Scott's hometown is Sydney, Australia, but while in Chicago he plays with... Read more
Chicago's Bike The Drive 2010
Some good things only happen once a year, and its time to experience this year's Bike The Drive. This event let's you & a bicycle take over historic Lake Shore... Read more
Next Stop: Wrigleyville, Chicago
Looking for a Chicago landmark and an awesome experience? Look no further than historic Wrigley Field. Looking for diverse and entertaining nightlife? Look no further than the bar & club... Read more
Chicago Pride Parade 2010
The 41st annual Pride Parade hits the streets on Sunday June 27th, 2010. This colorful celebration seems to evolve into a bigger, better, and more vivid ceremony each year. Join... Read more
Lollapalooza 2010 is Coming.
And its coming sooner than we think.
Our rooms are selling super fast, so if you need accomodations...make them quick. We are just a quick trip from the music. We had... Read more
The Great Chicago Outdoors
Spring has sprung upon us & its time to celebrate our city in the sun. We've gathered a few options for you, dear traveller, and we think you will enjoy... Read more
We Love Chicago's Food Scene.
I'm hungry. Are you hungry? Let's eat...
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Kuma's Corner is a biker-type bar that serves up delicious burgers on pretzel buns, they've... Read more
Spring Break in Chicago
Whether your break falls in early or late March, there's a trillion and ten things to do in Chicago. Instead of listing a trillion ideas for your Chicago excursion, here... Read more
Chicago's Gallery District
In addition to Chicago's many art museums and public exhibits, the gallery district is a great place to view original, contemporary works by local and national artists.... Read more
Chicago Theatre All Around Us
The Chicago Theatre Movement took off in the 1970's and 1980's, and has continued to grow ever since. Today, the New York Times names Chicago as a city "with a... Read more
2009 Chicago Marathon Dates and Info
Are you looking for affordable lodging for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Look no further, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is your place.
The 2009 Chicago Marathon is October 11th. If... Read more
Free Things to Do In Chicago
Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the USA and offers spectacular skyline, world-class art museums, and many free things to do!
Photograph Buckingham Fountain
Photo of Buckingham Fountain © puroticorico
Buckingham... Read more
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Affectionately called "The World's Aquarium," the Shedd Aquarium is home to almost 22,000 aquatic creatures, spanning 1,500 species. Visitors touring the 422,000 sq. ft facility have access to a... Read more