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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 local for a guided tour of Chicago. You'll get to tag along with an enthusiastic Chicagoan who volunteers his or... 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 Mexican neighborhood on Chicago's near south side. Blending that Latino flare, as well as a penchant for street art, Pilsen... Read More >
The sun is out, and the ice melts and Chicago thaws out, our city becomes a traveler's vibrant playground once again. From March Madness to brewery tours, here's a comprehensive list of some wonderful things to do when Chicago outdoors is a terrific option once again. For your Spring Break,... Read More >
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 areas. Historically, the Square is German and traces of Bavarian influences have stuck around. However, the pretty neighborhood's diversity is... Read More >
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 head to the bars that still have the warm, cozy feel of your own living room. Here are some of... Read More >
School is out and the sun is shining on Chicago, For your Spring Break- break for Chicago... Read More >
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 place this is. Most North Americans only know one thing about Quebec; it's that weird part of Canada where they... Read More >
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, the city of Indianapolis has been named "America's Most Surprising City" by Lonely Planet. Many new apartment and high rise... Read More >
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 of the Badgers, is just west of downtown, and the State Street pedestrian mall hosts great shopping and events. If... Read More >
Benefit from travel alternatives that ease your budget, and allow you to spend money on seeing new sitesâ?¦. -TRAIN TRAVEL- Train travel can be both affordable & exciting; allowing you to travel relatively quick, but also adding a picturesque setting to your commute. Train travel proves to be the most comfortable medium... Read More >
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 destination, such as going to a hockey game or a concert. In recent years however, Detroit has come leaps and... 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, food, or drinks, Andersonville has you covered- Andersonville Chicago Restaurants: Hamburger Mary's Hamburger Mary's is a vibrant bar and grill known for their burgers... Read More >
Salt & Pepper Diner- Wrigleyville... Read More >
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 hangover remedies and all the other delicious brunch favorites. Try one of these: Salt & Pepper Diner- Wrigleyville  An old-fashioned style diner... Read More >
Weekly Events in Fall 2014 Welcome to Chicago, the leaves are changing colors and a sweater is a useful item to pack on your trip here, and when you arrive- be ready to explore the city with us as we offer a different event for our guests- every night of the... Read More >
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 expansive exhibit, it is very cool that Chicago landed this Bowie exploration. Similar in part to the Seattle EMP Museum's... Read More >
Do Chicago Without Breaking the Bank   When you're traveling on a shoestring, every penny counts - especially in a big city like Chicago. Luckily, you can take it all the city has to offer without breaking the bank. Here's how to save money in Chicago while still soaking up... Read More >
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 highly recommended events and seasonal beverages: Beers, Brats, & Boats   Shoreline Tours When: Friday September 26th. Where: Navy Pier. What: Shoreline Sightseeing is teaming up... Read More >
Originally posted by Damien Slater The Windy City is a hotbed for tourism, culture, cuisine and of course Irish students in the summer. Located on the south-west side of the vast Lake Michigan, Chicago offers some of the most beautiful views year round, but the summer months is when the... Read More >
Hot dogs, peanut butter, ramen â?" if these items are all on your grocery list, you might not have the healthiest eating habits. If these items were the ingredients of your last three meals, you might be backpacking. Living out of a backpack and on a tight budget isn't always... Read More >
Let's face it, sleep schedules take a backseat when you travel, if you find yourself with late night hunger pangs, make a stop at one of the best 24 hour restaurants in Chicago... Late Night Restaurants Shawarma Inn  Falafel or Shwarama? Curb your appetite for Middle Eastern at Shawarma Inn. What to get:... Read More >
Tour Chicago with the Best Chicago tours can be a bit of a hassle due to the amount of different companies, range of things to see, and various types of tours- that's why we recommend Chicago Detours. The staff at Chicago Detours not only provide numerous ways to see our city... Read More >
Join us for some terrific summer events we host every night of the week. We host blues bar outings, theater events, free BBQs, and pub crawls so our guests can make the most of their Chicago experience. Your social experience at Chicago Getaway Hostel is second to none. Monday: Galway Bay Looking... Read More >
We are thrilled to announce the upcoming event we are hosting for Go Girl Travel Network. Learn to make the most of your travel money with this exciting panel and networking event: Travel on a Dime: Make the Most of Your Summer Budget. May 15th, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm at Chicago Getaway Hostel *Tickets... Read More >
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 >
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 has sprung some of the best comedy clubs in the nation, here's a few of our favorites.... *Playground Theater Consider Playground Theater... Read More >
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 make great stops on your itinerary... -Reckless Records Photo Taken By: Trent Modglin for The Real Chicago. Music enthusiasts, vinyl collectors, movie buffs,... Read More >
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 away your fork and get out your chopsticks cause these places serve up some of the best Japanese favorites. 1.... Read More >
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 pubs so here are the best of the best.... The Atlantic Bar & Grill The Atlantic is one of those cozy neighborhood... Read More >
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 beer at a local store to try, but there are also a good number of brewery tours in Chicago to... Read More >
Traveling on a budget? Tired of takeout? A few years ago we did a ramen noodle recipes post. Now, we're back with some new entrees to curb your appetite in a delicious and affordable manner. Feel free to use our guest kitchen to create any of these dishes... Bring on... Read More >
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 spirits. From hot ciders to Glogg, we've got a warm drink for you. Glogg at Simon's Tavern Sweden's delectable drink specialty, Glogg... Read More >
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 makes the meal. For any vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, or food connoisseur in general, you can't beat these fine establishments... Our... Read More >
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 the right direction for making the most of your travel experience. Starting with the commute, we'll go over some tips... Read More >
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 bar deals. Put on some green and join us for a fun-packed holiday. Our Festivities for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago Annual... Read More >
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 making your Valentine's Day in Chicago a most memorable one. Best Singles Bars Danny's Tavern If dancing is on the agenda, look no... Read More >
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 roots as the hub of the meatpacking industry, Chicago is recognized for having some of the most inventive, fresh, delicious... Read More >
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 Pizza and Snacks for all our guests as we break in our brand new TV room for the big game.... Read More >
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 any list for extended stay considerations. We offer the best in affordability, comfort, location, and friendship. Extended Stay Benefits: Discounted rates As... Read More >
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 building in Lincoln Park, Chicago. You will find we offer the perfect blend of travel necessity and awesome amenities... Location In the... Read More >
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 that are not on the ordinary tourist's itinerary... Museum of Surgical Science prosthetic limb display at Museum of Surgical Science. You don't have... Read More >
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 excellent Chicago cocktail bars for an original take on mixed drinks as well as some unique ambiance. The Violet Hour A swanky... Read More >
Everyone knows about Chicago's deep-dish pizza and hot dog. With the snow piling up in the heart of winter, we need some more Chicago comfort foods to stretch across the long, cold week. Find solace in these warm dishes at some of these cozy restaurants. Lobster Mac-N-Cheese at Lady Gregory's. 1. Lobster... Read More >
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 include: UNLIMITED DRAFT BEER. HOR D'OEUREVES. LIVE DJ. COUNTDOWN. Party kicks off at 8pm. Start the New Year with us! ... Read More >
The doughnut craze has been sweeping Chicago, here's are top picks for fried or baked deliciousness... Doughnut Vault. The Doughnut Vault puts out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both the cake and yeast variety. But they do so with irregularity, releasing batches at their whim and... Read More >
We're serving up another delicious holiday feast! Our Christmas dinner includes: Traditional Ham. Hot Stuffing. Fresh Corn. Dinner Rolls. Pumpkin Pie. *Dinner is at 5pm on Christmas Day (December 25th) in our cafeteria. The meal is $10 and you can sign up at the front desk anytime!* ... Read More >
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. Modern Wing. Purchase a discount ticket for the Art Institute of Chicago for only $21 ($23 at the door) and get the ability to... Read More >
As we gear up for our winter season in Chicago, we are still keeping busy with events for you, everyday. MONDAY. Mondays are night is Blues Bar Night at historic Kingston Mines. Guests meet in the lobby at 8:45pm, and we go together as a group to the famous venue. Included is... Read More >
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: TURKEY MASHED POTATOES STUFFING CORN DINNER ROLLS CRANBERRIES PUMPKIN PIE. *Sign up at the front desk anytime! ... Read More >
Here's some spots to check out the Autumn colors around Chicago... Lincoln Park. Our hostel's prized neighborhood park is Chicago's largest park that contains plenty of fall foliage, including red maple, ash, birch, elm and other tree types. Take in the colors while on a jog or bike ride through. This park... Read More >
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. *Bite Café. 2 words: Pork hash (pulled pork shank, brussels, potato, butternut squash, sage with two eggs and spicy hollandaise, served on toast). Bite Café... Read More >
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 and display the carved masterpieces and enjoy some roasted seeds! In addition, on Oct. 26th we host our Halloween Pub... Read More >
Take a quick trip to some of these really cool bars, pubs, and lounges that offer a unique nightlife experience... *Headquarters Beercade* Pinball, old school & new school arcade games, and a full bar compromise Headquarters Beercade. An added bonus is the games are all FREE. Better yet, join us for our... Read More >
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 Records. Looking to score some new or used vinyl? How about browse a huge DVD selection? Definitely hit up... Read More >
*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... 5411 Empanadas! From stellar food truck to popular restaurant, 5411 Empanadas wins us over with gourmet creations like Malbec Beef (shredded beef and sautéed carrots and... Read More >
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 your Windy City experience... NIGHT TOURS. Take in the big city lights on a memorable Night Architecture Tour. A one hour... Read More >
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 than 260,000 works of art. We have discounted tickets available for $21.00 (regularly $23.00). Also, our tickets come with the... Read More >
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 known... *Giardiniera Not really found in too many other cities, giardiniera is a pickled & jarred topping that comes mild, spicy,... Read More >
Yet another reason our neighborhood of Lincoln Park is extremely traveler friendly: we have some excellent, yet affordable restaurant options.... Edzo's. Craving a burger or some pre-pub grub? Make Edzo's Burger Shop a pit stop on your itinerary. Tasty griddled burgers come crisp and perfectly flat from the grill and you can... Read More >
Let's embrace the city sun this summer & have some delicious food and drinks at these great patios: BIG STAR. BIG STAR TAQUERIA  In the heart of Wicker Park, Big Star serves some of the best gourmet tacos we've had. Whether its their perfectly marinated pork belly, or their unforgettable Tacos de Pescado... Read More >
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 breeze... the (poppy seed) bun. 1. The Poppy Seed Bun: There's something about the subtle effect of the poppy seeds on a... Read More >
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 recommend the spectacular annual display at Navy Pier: **July 3rd & July 4th: 9:30pm** **July 6th: 10:15pm** The fireworks are visible from the... Read More >
Take advantage of all our special offers...   Art Institute. Art Institute of Chicago tickets are available at our front desk for the low price of $21.00 (regular price: $23). This is an all-inclusive pass covering the entire art museum, the Modern Wing, and any special exhibits. Check out the all new exclusive... Read More >
The perfect breakfast food meets the best city in the Midwest. Seek out the top Pancake... Pannenkoeken Café Try Pannenkoeken Café! This Dutch style café is tiny and you may have to put your phone number on a waiting list, but it will all prove more than worthwhile. The pannenkoekens can be... Read More >
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 to the best Italian ice in Little Italy.** Excellent & premium ice cream in a charming little shop in East Lakeview,... Read More >
Take advantage of our weekly events to accentuate your Chicago experience... MONDAY. *Monday Night Blues Bar Outing...follow us to the northside blues mecca, Kingston Mines, we will get you in for FREE and enjoy some excellent live performances. Good food, good drinks, and darn good blues. Slip on your dancing shoes and... Read More >
Chicago is a photogenic city. Here are some ideas for really capturing the aesthetics of a unique environment... [caption id="attachment_1782" align="aligncenter" width="375"] Signature Room (photo by guest)[/caption] 1. Think: person, place, thing: This old definition of the use of a noun is a handy guide to a great vacation photo: the... Read More >
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; so take into consideration that you have many options, here's to your best hop-infused choices.... Half Acre Brew Co. Half Acre Brewing... 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 the hostel. Whether you just want to admire the myriad of parks, beaches, trails, piers, harbors, and wildlife, or utilize the... Read More >
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Taste the famous cuisine of our city at any of these highly recommended joints... Chicago Doghouse. 1. Hot Dog! There are some great options for encased meats and the famous Chicago Style Dog (yellow mustard, chopped white onion, neon green relish, tomato slices, kosher dill pickle spear, "sport peppers", celery salt, on... 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 from our hostel. Or, check out the friendly southside confines of U.S. Cellular Field, just a short train ride to... Read More >
**CHICAGO IS BE TAKEN OVER BY SANDWICHES. DELICIOUS SANDWICHES.** Jerry's Sandwiches  1. Jerry's Sandwiches: 1938 W Division St, go for the decadent sandwiches, stay for live music & a solid beer list. The toppings to choose from are almost intimidating: fried green tomatoes, blackened shrimp, English cucumber to name a few. They... Read More >
***Now's the time to book your tickets & your rooms for live music outdoor summer fun...*** July 19th-21st. Behold, the best compilation of live household names & indie/DIY music perfomed in a sprawling Union Park every summer, Pitchfork Music Festival keeps getting bigger and better every year. 2013 is no different featuring... 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 gives you unlimited access to the museum, including the brand new Picasso and Chicago special exhibit, and the world renowned... Read More >
**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 voted for the best jukebox in all of the town, during the cold season they serve delicious Glogg (traditional Swedish... Read More >
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 enjoy a few beers. Then we head down to see the St. Paddy's Day Parade and enjoy a few more... Read More >
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.... The Wormhole. Wicker Park's strange cafe, The Wormhole is oddly accommodating. This review sums it up best: "my favorite coffee shop in the city 'cuz:... Read More >
Benefit from travel alternatives that ease your budget, and allow you to spend money on seeing new sites.... -TRAIN TRAVEL- Train travel can be both affordable & exciting; allowing you to travel relatively quick, but also adding a picturesque setting to your commute. Amtrak coupons are avalaible from a variety of links,... Read More >
It is no secret that Chicago is rich & excellent with theatre venues, production, & acting, visit one while you are here.... Steppenwolf A Steppenwolf Production.[/caption] Home to many great actors like Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, & Laurie Metcalf, Steppenwolf has been an iconic Chicago Theater Company since 1974. The theater operates... Read More >
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 Lounge. Enriched with a lengthy life span dating back to the Prohibition Era, the jazz is showcased no better at any... Read More >
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 House.[/caption] WHO LET THE DOGS...oh sorry, I will spare you the overused & outdated pop culture reference and instead inform... 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 a key component in discovering Chicago. Whether its visiting the masterfully constructed Robie House or the immense Rookery Building, you... 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.... Lou Malnati's. One of the top contenders for Chicago pizza happens to be our staff pick for #1, Lou Malnati's does everything right when it... Read More >
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 the title... When: February 3rd, 5:30pm. Where: The Hostel (common areas: tv lounge/lobby). What: BYOB, We supply the food & snacks for the... Read More >
It's winter, let's warm our bellies with a comforting bowl of hot noodles from any of these places that craft housemade noodles: Urban Belly. Urban Belly. Sharing is fun, mix & match big bowls of homemade noodles at Urban Belly. Whether you get the UrbanBelly Ramen ( pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, & pho... Read More >
Lace up your dancing shoes & hit up some of the best Chicago clubs our city has to offer... Smart Bar. Renovated and made nightlife worthy sleek in 2006, Wrigleyville's Smart Bar is always a trendy dance-infused option. Jukefest, House, Electronic? You name the genre and chances are it floods out the... Read More >
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 deliciousness at Karyn's on Green. Whether it's their wonderful butternut squash soup or jerry's pizza (paper thin crust, wild mushrooms,... Read More >
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 the Violet Hour, a specially designed mixed drink is waiting for you, their menu consisting of just about 40 drinks,... Read More >
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] Just a short trip from our hostel, The Vic Theater's Brew and View offers cheap admissions, $3 beers Monday-Wednesday, and... Read More >
Get out your party shoes & bring in the New Year with us as we kick off our 2nd annual NYE Bash, Dec. 31st 9pm-1am... Meet. Dance. Celebrate. Details: ***DJ, Food, Drinks, Balloon Drop, Lights & Music. *$10 for Food & Beer. *$3 per Mixed Drink. Celebrate with us! cheers! **Book online or call us at 773.929.5380 anytime... Read More >
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 and enjoy.... Great Lake. Great Lake does not imply pizza, but that's surely what they specialize in. Although it's not massive... Read More >
Need an original holiday gift idea? Curious about local urban art? Check some of these local artist run shops... Paperish Mess Sometimes messy is good. Paperish Mess displays a medley of locally crafted items from colorful prints to flashy flasks, original Chicago memoribilia to hand crafted candles. Located at 1955 W Chicago... Read More >
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 education: free wifi/computer terminals, easy transportation, fun events, free breakfast, fellow students, a beautiful environment, all in one of Chicago's... Read More >
Whether you want a chill place to sit & sip delicious coffee, or bring back a great travel gift, here are some of the best cafes the Windy City has to offer.... Intelligentsia. Now a nationally recognizeable force, Intelligentsia may be the best coffee served stateside. Whether it's their distinct flavorful House... Read More >
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 Sushi Let's begin with a tasty local option in Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. A 5 minute walk from the hostel (2473 N.... Read More >
Explore Chicago and use our hostel as your comfortable base of travel. Here are some reasons why you should stay with us: *Location* Location (Lincoln Park) With an admirable Walk Score of 97, our neighborhood is one of the most accessible and pedestrian friendly districts around. Whether you are in the market for... Read More >
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 you are interested in some of the smaller museums, here are our recommendations:   Mexican Art Museum in Pilsen The National Mexican Art... Read More >
We are on track to provide you with the makings of a great Halloween in Chicago: Haunted Tours. Urban legend, supernatural myth comes alive in this popular tour constructed by author Ursula Bielski over at Chicago Hauntings. This bus has evening tours that explore all the most actively "haunted" Chicago locations. October... Read More >
Let's brace for Halloween, Chicago has a rich history of supernatural lore. Here are... Read More >
Here are some recommendations for stage driven entertainment, comedy or drama, Chicago has a wide variety of theatrical shows & venues... SECOND CITY. Historic. Comedy. Iconic. Chicago. These words are synonymous with the legendary Second City. Here is a list of current shows, we highly recommend the highly recommended We're All in... Read More >
We are in a most excellent Chicago neighborhood for dining. Whether you want a quick carry out, or a nice dining experience, try these... *Takeout.* Sultan's Market Middle Eastern fast food without the enormous calorie counts or grease. Sultan's Market is fast, fresh, & flavorful. Choose from a vast salad bar, delicious shwarma... Read More >
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 you to discover.... The Empty Bottle The Empty Bottle is nestled in Bucktown on Western Ave. & Thomas St. This place embodies... 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 world for over thousands of years. The beautiful thing about beer is that it can encompass an entire culture in... Read More >
Chicago has a lot of history that involves infamous gangsters, impressive architecture, national sports, cultural foods, and beer.... Read More >
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 50,000, this creative showcase exhibits jazz at its finest, read about the history here, & come to Chicago for the... Read More >
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 icon for best Vietnamese food. In fact, they are located in the Vietnamese-influenced side of Uptown (Broadway & Argyle). "You'd... Read More >
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 Wrigley Field. The lively neighborhood and the historic ballpark are a 25 minute walk or a 15 minute bus/train ride... Read More >
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 & Apartment Finder allow you to search by neighborhood and provide an easy outlet for discovering your perfect living space. Another... Read More >
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 biking, hiking, photographing, or a morning run, this aesthetic stretch will dazzle and not disappoint. Take full advantage of Chicago's outdoors... 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 glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the building. This is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, we have... Read More >
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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. Come experience 37 different food vendors, free music, and fun in beautiful Grant Park, July 11th-15th. Good Music on a good... Read More >
The Weiner Circle is gaining more & more notoreity as we speak. Go for the grub, stay for the's no more than a 10 minute walk from our front door. 2622 N. Clark St. How about a burger??? Kuma's Corner boasts burgers like The Mastadon as well as The Pantera... Read More >
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 with us right here... Book your big event weekend with us & get: 1. easy public transport options to the... Read More >
Behold Chicago's great BBQ joints, the sunshine is here, get a delicously flavorful experience at any of these highly recommended locations: Chicago Q offers a great fusion of Southern hospitality & savory grilled entrees. We recommend the BBq Flight (kobe brisket, pulled pork, & pulled chicken) to get a great taste... Read More >
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 and runs until June 10th, expect food & beverage vendors as well as a vast array of excellent blues musicians. Feast... 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 at 6:30pm. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine, and maybe some snacks to this FREE EVENT every Monday evening... Read More >
Chicago Getaway Hostel has more excellent discounts on major Chicago attractions for you, available at our front desk anytime! The SkyDeck The Sky Deck @ Willis Tower=$14.00 (normally $17.50, save 20%) John Hancock Observatory The John Hancock Observatory= $12.00 (normally $15.00, save 20%) The Art Institute of Chicago= $18.00 (VIP Admission, covers all exhibits, no... Read More >
**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 original comedy in the form of several different performance models. ***Getaway Hostel guests may receive BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE tickets to any resident House... Read More >
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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 of Lake Michigan. Also, the Chicago River is dyed green every year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 2. The Lincoln Park... Read More >
Amidst the skyscrapers, shops, eateries, & entertainment venues, Chicago has some beautiful park areas, check some of these out... OZ PARK Behold, a charming park modeled after The Wizard of Oz, consisting of a walking/biking path, spacious grass & garden areas, under a 10 minute walk from our hostel.  Located in a vast... Read More >
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 spacious Union Park bestows itself upon Chicago with another incredible lineup. Indulge in the 3 day excursion, or choose your... Read More >
Whether you want to walk, take a boat, or experience a thematic bus ride, these tours come highly recommended... FOOD TOURS: Tease your taste buds with the Chicago Food Planet & their popular Near North Food Tour. This tour captures Chicago's knack for ethnic cuisine, as there are 3 different neighborhood tours... Read More >
The warm weather is already sinking in, we're geared up for Spring, you should to, as we preview these upcoming events.... Mayfest! Get ready for Germany in Chicago kicking off May 31st-June 3rd for Chicago's 18th annual Maifest. The event aims to cure cabin fever with beer, food and live music under... Read More >
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. However, at Chicago Getaway Hostel, you're in prime location for some of the best nightlife..... First, peep the multitude of Lincoln... Read More >
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, delicious, and always fresh. Tapas is defined as: are a wide variety of appetizers, or dishes, in Spanish cuisine. They... Read More >
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 locations serving some hearty breakfast & brunches; here are our recommendations.... Welcome to the The Bourgeois Pig, nestled in a quiet... Read More >
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 This site is springing with super deals & its popularity is ever-growing. They also have the newly featured Now! Deals where you... 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 for $76.00 ( save 50%), and as a CityPASS holder, you have unlimited access & bonus incentives to the following: *Shedd... Read More >
  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 Extra Large Hostel by *We have also been nominated for an award of excellency at which will be out... Read More >
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 become well-known not only for being soccercentric but for its exceptional service, immense & cultured beer selection, & ambience. 1934... Read More >
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 hostel. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-3) VS. NEW YORK GIANTS (9-7) Learn more about the big game here with ESPN's Road to Indy. And... Read More >
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 actually utilizing manual pin setters, be prepared to keep score yourself with a #2 pencil. In addition, both bowling lounges... Read More >
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 city! If you're heading out to enjoy the many wonderful neighborhoods of Chicago; we would suggest hitting up these great... Read More >
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 pastry palace excels in fantastic organic baked goods that will leave a memorable mark on your pallet. "The cake balls... Read More >
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 suggestions... THE MUSIC BOX. The Music Box is a hidden gem for film/film lovers in Chicago's vibrant Lakeview neighborhood. Playing a diversity... Read More >
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 out our recommendations... La Pasadita gets our vote for one of the best authentic taco joints in the city. In addition,... Read More >
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 through... Buy any CD, LP, poster or whatever at Logan Hardware and get free admittance into the game room, all vintage... Read More >
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, you won't want to miss the Fifth Annual Chicago Restaurant Week. This gastronomic event is your once-a-year chance to sample... Read More >
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 the showroom floors and in the exhibit halls: 1. A complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks... Read More >
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 when it comes to authentic Indian cuisine. Whether its savory sheek kabobs (minced lamb marinated on skewers) or delicious shrimp... Read More >
Looking for something to do on the 25th while staying w/ us? Here are a few festive options.... Millennium Park. Our beloved urban park is open for holiday strolls, memorable pics, & a downtown adventure. Visit the infamous Cloud Gate & check off a big to-do on your Chicago itinerary. Restaurants. How about... Read More >
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 highly-anticipated awesomeness. Here's what is included: $5 Bracelets: Appetizers, Party Favors, a Double DJ Set, Balloon Drop. $10 Bracelets: Appetizers, Party Favors,... Read More >
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, & pub outings: CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER. WHEN: Dec 24th, 6pm. WHERE: Right here in our dining area. WHAT: A hearty festive dinner FREE for all... Read More >
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 rink. It is $10 to skate, and guests must provide their own transportation fare. Monday Night Blues Bar Outing Mondays at Kingston... 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 don't have to wait until Christmas for the return of The Bulls or the glory of The United Center, The... Read More >
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.... DEL SEOUL. This new place was recently discovered by our general manager, Mat. Now we all love Del Seoul's Korean/Mexican flare, they offer mouth watering... Read More >
Come see why we were voted #1 on for the month of October. In addition, Take advantage of these great events.... ZOOLIGHTS! Lincoln Park Zoo Zoolights is back & brighter than ever. First off, the free zoo stays open late (5-9pm), and gets decked out with a fantastic light display. This... Read More >
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 Chicago's winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 18, 2011 and will... Read More >
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 a dream, thanks to the synthetic ice-skating rink at the top of the John Hancock Observatory. Located on the 94th... 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 warlord, but revered as an innovative leader who brought unity, stability and much more to his people, Genghis Kahn went... Read More >
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 everything is closed and there is very little going on. The Chicago Getaway Hostel invites you to join us for... Read More >
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 to stay? Chicago Getaway Hostel offers special student pricing for 20 and 30 day stays. This applies to students studying... Read More >
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 1889 & 1913 he designed 25 houses in the area. Many of them are nominated as National Historic Landmarks. Here... 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, lakefront activities, or baseball, Lakeview has it all. In the market for some shopping during your travel? Look no further than... Read More >
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 of Lincoln Square and has a patio next to a public square on Lincoln Ave, a strip of unique, ethnic,... Read More >
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 through the German U-505 submarine, or catching a glimpse of the Science of Storms, The Museum of Science & Industry... Read More >
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 biking, jogging, or walking it, we are sure it will be a memorable part of your Chicago experience. In... 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 the Second City's sights. See the front desk for details on a discounted rate. One of the best ways to scope... Read More >
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 and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way to... Read More >
Come experience an integral part of being a great hostel...partake in our social events & have a blast with us... LIVE MUSIC MONDAYS: [caption id="attachment_2017" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Blues Bar Outing"][/caption] Our Blues Bar Outing is always popular & still running strong. Live Chicago Blues at historic Kingston Mines, the best... Read More >
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 with lamb shoulder, pork belly, and non-gringo ingredients like beef heart are only a few bucks. 1531 North Damen Avenue. Hanging... 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 darn good beer. Their August & September tours are still TBD, but the admission is only $5 and you get... Read More >
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 place... Our staff enthusiastically recommends The Empty Bottle, a smaller comfy venue that offers superb sound quality, great bands, cheap drinks,... Read More >
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 dining........? Check out The Dock at Montrose Beach & their menu that boasts beachside compliments like kobe burgers, fish tacos, &... Read More >
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 7 to September 18. *Dance lessons from 6 to 7 pm followed by live music and dancing from 7 to... 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 the first 20 bars in Chicago to obtain a liquor license after it was repealed." The Burwood Tap is a... Read More >
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 cycling, the environment, music, free stuff, food & drinks. However, you don't need a bicycle to enjoy this fest, Chicago's... Read More >
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 a ten minute trip via public transit from the stadium. But wait, we personally recommend the cheaper option of purchasing... Read More >
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 20th, 21st, & 22nd. The games at Wrigley Field are on July 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. You may find cheaper... Read More >
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 June 25th. With well-known acts like The Thermals, Yo La Tengo, and Les Savy Fav, as well as food vendors... Read More >
Title: Lincoln Park After Dark TourLocation: Chicago Getaway HostelLink out: Click hereDescription: $10 FOR HOSTEL GUESTS -->NORMALLY $22 Overview Lincoln Park has many different areas of interest: the lakefront, Lincoln Park Zoo, the conservatory, the nature museum, eclectic restaurants and boutiques, a wide range of nightlife possibilities, and an interesting mix of... Read More >
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 beach also offers a fair share of lakeside amenities: a restaurant/snack bar, chess, volleyball, as well as the popular Castaways... Read More >
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 really take advantage of this big FREE weekly event. This popular concert series is now in its third summer, and... Read More >
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 a bite at one or all these places: Conveniently located near the Fullerton train station (a 5 minute walk from our... Read More >
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 220 E. Chicago Ave. & it is free every Tuesday. This museum always seems to offer intriguing temporary exhibits, and... Read More >
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 its the always lively Kingston Mines or the cool low-key comfort of B.L.U.E.S. Chicago, we always have a blast grooving... Read More >
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 traffic, so you'll be able to catch the sunrise during a 30 mile stretch of open road. This event is... Read More >
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. The sight alone is worth the trip down there, and at night it shines bright along the Chicago coast. Navy... Read More >
July 15/16/17 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 rates on 2 types of dorms & 3 types of private rooms. *Easy accessibility to Union Park (you can reach it... Read More >
Biking season is upon us and we are in the BEST nieghborhood for cruising around. Why? Well, because we are a 5 minute ride to the beautiful lakefront bike path... Read More >
*Bike rental fees: Half Day (3 hrs or less)- $20.00 Full Day (3 hrs or more)- $30.00 See why our neighborhood is the BEST for bicycling as we are just a 5 minute cruise from the beautiful lakefront path. An 18 mile naturally aesthetic path spotted with parks, trails, beaches, gardens, and concession... Read More >
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 Lincoln Square for FREE. However, Lakeview's Mayfest kicks off May 21st and offers food vendors, a pet parade, as well... Read More >
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, magazines, cds, records, and photographs. They also have some rare stuff, if you don't find the exact book you're looking... Read More >
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 machine, as well as a bunch of new appliances...come cook in Food Network style! But wait, we also revamped our vending...with... Read More >
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 Bar, you'll remember it for the antique decor, as it's filled with old clocks & tables made from the buildings... Read More >
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 at 12pm on Colombus and Balbo Drives begins the 56th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Wear green and be there,... Read More >
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 him one late night and got his recommendations....  He opted to visit the John Hancock building's Signature Room over the Willis... Read More >
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 our hostel and brews some excellent Metropolis Coffee. They also boast 3 floors of sprawling cafe room to relax, read,... Read More >
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 the spot where John Dillinger met his demise. It is literally a 5 minute stroll from our front steps. Keeping... Read More >
!! BRACE YOURSELF !! Let us help you prepare . . . As you know Chicago is gearing up for a severe weather storm. 24" of snow are possible. . . and we urge you to follow a few tips to stay safe in this potentially hazardous snow storm Stock up on... Read More >
We have a tremendous deal for you. Chicago Pedway Tours are only $5.00 for our guests (regularly $15.00). We sat down with multi-talented improviser and tour guide extraodinaire, Margaret Hicks. She hosts a tour through heated walkways, passages, and tunnels as you will discover some awesome... Read More >
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 for our 2nd Annual Super Super Bowl Party. ... Read More >
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 & informative. Located in the Museum Campus, this place combines history and biology and is well-worth it for any museum enthusiast.... Read More >
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 drives through our city once again as we gear up for the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Mark your calendars for... Read More >
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 Corner is probably the most famous burger joint in Chicago. Naming their infamous burgers based on heavy metal bands like... Read More >
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 opening night reception, free cocktails, trolley travel between the venues, and a chance to meet some Chicago rock critics. Otherwise,... Read More >
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 under $50. You can also check out the popular Rush & Division area, a sprawling center for bars & clubs. You... Read More >
Christmas Day Recommendations- hostel/style for 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 Halsted and Fullerton & exit at Halsted & Diversey- it's on the west side of the street Rollapalooza (contemporary sushi)-... Read More >
Mat Meadows (General Manager): * Mat picks Wilde. This is an Irish bar/restaurant located in Chicago's must-visit Lakeview neighborhood. He recommends their signature Mac-n-Cheese( don't forget the meatloaf too!), a very popular dish on their menu. This place has a cool literary theme that even boasts a library and a fireplace... Read More >
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 German style food & beverages (we recommend the warm-spiced wine). Also, check out their non-food vendors boasting some incredible crafts... Read More >
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, but it's a small theater with a diverse lineup of plays: from comedies, to drama, to mud-wrestling, this place provides... Read More >
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 like indie music live at moderate prices (tickets are usually $15) then this venue is for you. The inside is... Read More >
We know that being away from family and friends on holidays can be somewhat depressing (or amazing!). We gotcha covered- hang on for a fun ride! Food: Horizon Cafe- They're open from 8a-7p. Four course dinner & breakfast specials! Easy to get to: Walk to Clark Street and take the #36 bus... Read More >
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 Chicago Cubs, about a dozen vintage clothing shops, record stores, restaurants, an independent film theater, a myriad of bars, and... Read More >
No, that building is not erupting in festive flames, this is just a small part of The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This event has been going on for over 40 years along the acclaimed Michigan Ave. and once again lights up on Nov. 20th. The light procession begins at 5:30pm,... Read 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 book your room with us. The 2009 Champion Blackhawks may have a different look, but they have started their attempt at... Read More >
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 go to fill your luggage with cool stuff. Calling all music collectors, vinyl enthusiasts, movie lovers, and cd buyers. Reckless Records... Read More >
The leaves have changed and Autumn has painted our city with its beautiful Fall colors. We invite you to come explore our magnificent town and take advantage of our weekly events. Our Thursday Night Pub Crawls are still running strong. We invite all guests (over 21) to meet us in our... Read More >
We got you covered if you are interested in group reservations. We provide excellent accommodations in a most beautiful Chicago neighborhood. We also provide free breakfast, free internet, and awesome hostel events (pub crawls, blues bar outings, spaghetti dinners, chili nights) to all guests, as well as comfortable & private... Read More >
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 ticket) and $59 (for children). This gives you access to 5 infamous attractions for a cheaper price. The original combined... Read More >
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 hunger pains... Welcome to The Dog House. This is our staff-picked fast food joint for delicious encased meats. Whether you're in... Read More >
Who says you can't have winter fun in Chicago? From ice skating, concerts, sledding, a frosted skyline, drinks, Zoolights, Bulls games, The SkyDeck, Navy Pier- there's a bunch of Holiday fun to have in Chicago. Dear traveler, we have even better news for you. We are offering $20 dorm rates as... Read More >
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 Park, a pasta dinner, and the potential for a huge personal accomplishment. If you are looking for an inexpensive &... Read More >
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 cheap accommodations, grab your favorite band shirt & book a room with us ASAP. The fest packs another stellar... Read More >
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 is a celebratory concoction of hip hop, electronic, dance and indy music occuring at Union Park Labor Day Weekend, which... Read More >
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 stuff. You can rent volleyball equipment, bikes, and kayaks. One may also be interested in using their beach house for... Read More >
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, let's celebrate summer by eating and drinking outside. Luckily, we have The Windy City Ribfest as well as the... Read More >
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 fact, our neighborhood is better than downtown in so many ways. Come see why we were voted the 5th best... Read More >
If you are traveling to Chicago any time soon, you will realize how truly diverse our city proves to be. What better way to celebrate these different cultures than with an ethnic dinner? Here are just a few suggestions for a hungry traveler in the market for something new... San Soo... Read More >
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 the DePaul Blue Demon Marching Band. As you may see, Scott is extremely photogenic. He has grown... Read More >
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 Drive as you bike the famous lakefront road without a car in sight. So on May 30th, grab a bike,... Read More >
Chicago Getaway Hostel is the best hostel in Chicago! Here are ten reasons why: Location - Lincoln Park is Chicago's best location to really get to know Chicago. Sure, there are other hostels in the Loop, but have you ever been in the Loop after dark? There is nothing to do!... Read More >
Wow. We are on the brink of a ton of festivals in Chicago. Its high time to give you the heads up on the fun to come, book your room with us and party your heart out.... Oh how we love the flowing of Bavarian beer, brats, pretzels, and live music.... Read More >
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 sprawling neighborhood of Wrigleyville. Whether you're in the mood for a Cubs game, a cold drink, or a memorable picture,... Read More >
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 the jubilant jamboree this June, and stay close to the big party at our hostel. Here is a bit of information... Read More >
If clubbing the night away or screaming loudly in sport's bars just ain't your thing, check out some local dive bars that just might have you addicted to a dimly-lit setting & sipping cheap booze with the regulars.... Oh Rose's, thank you for existing so close to our hostel. You are... Read More >
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 a crazy weekend for Lollapalooza '09 and we expect a wild time for 2010 as well. The 2010 lineup is... Read More >
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 them... Our hostel is a quick walk or ride from the beautiful lakefront path that flows alongside Lakeshore Drive in and... Read More >
The Empty Bottle is a cozy little venue that offers an intimate experience for any music lover. Don't expect Lady Gaga, but do anticipate a diversity of cool stuff from this place including: Farmer's Market events, indie rock, DJs, and Windy City Soul Night. The Green Mill is another fan favorite.... Read More >
Its about time to give you guys the heads up on 2010's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. Its not kicking off until July 16th, but the 3 day passes have already sold out (in record time) & we're sure it won't take long until the one-days... Read More >
My co-worker gave me a great idea for this post. It is evident that our guests love their Ramen Noodles. Once, we ran out of them in the vending machines & a riot almost broke out. Here are some worthwhile recipes for your budget & stomach, feel free to use... Read More >
I'm hungry. Are you hungry? Let's eat... [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Kuma's Corner"][/caption] Kuma's Corner is a biker-type bar that serves up delicious burgers on pretzel buns, they've even been on the Food Network. These burgers are named after heavy metal bands and that's what dominates the... Read More >
We will let you in on a few tips when it comes to shopping hip. Conveniently, these spots are located on the northside of our beautiful city, and most are close to our hostel. Bring a few bucks and you'll be looking as chic as a Wicker Park hipster... This place... Read More >
Have a cup at the Pick Me Up  This is a local favorite. They're open 24 hours on weekends and boast excellent coffee with free refills and amazing cheese fries. However, as the owner would love to defend, they do not want to be strictly categorized as a "coffee-house." In fact,... Read More >
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 are a few worthwhile stops we think you should make... If your vacation coincides with St. Patrick's Day on March 14th,... Read More >
We love Chicago. You want to see Chicago. Let's meet and maybe our interests will give you some hip ideas on seeing our beautiful town. Also, this may give you some tips on experiencing cool stuff not usually found on the average tourist brochure. Oh, and please don't be intimidated... Read More >
You probably already know of Chicago's rich legacy of gangsters. However, if you're interested in knowing more on the extensive subject of infamous criminals, hop on the tour bus and take a trip with Untouchable Tours! You will gain knowledge of the 1920s and 30s Prohibition Era while visiting a... Read More >
You may know that Chicago is seeped in history, but you may not have known how photogenic Chicago proves to be. We encourage you to bring your camera and capture the aesthetic beauty of our city. Here are just a few landmarks that will make great shots: Take a quick pic... Read More >
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 >
 . 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 theatre scene as vibrant as New York's." The adjacent Old Town neighborhood is home to many independent theatre companies who... Read More >
The location of the Chicago Getaway Hostel could not be better! The website compares the location of the hostel with the rest of the US and gives the location of the hostel a 100 out of 100 in terms of "walkability." Even in Chicago alone, the location of the... Read More >
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If you're in search of famous Chicago deep dish pizza, a brief walk from the hostel will take you there. Two of our city's favorite pizzerias, Gino's East and Lou Malnati's offer the delicious classic for a reasonable price. You can feed three to four people for about $20 and... Read More >
If you do a little research, you can find some cheap food and drink in Chicago. There are many places within walking distance of the Chicago Getaway Hostel that offer daily specials. Click here to find out which location has the best deal of the day. Here are some of our... Read More >
The Power of One solar car recently made a pit stop at the Chicago Getaway Hostel. This is the first solar car to reach the Arctic Circle. Learn more about their interesting project here.... Read More >
Did you leave your laptop at home? The Chicago Getaway Hostel has one you can use for free! The Chicago Getaway Hostel is proud to announce that we have five brand new netbook computers for your use. Because they are Wifi enabled, you are free to use them in... Read More >
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 you are running or just watching the Chicago Marathon, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is a great place to stay. If... Read More >
Big Joe's has turtle races every Friday night starting at approximately 9pm. 1818 W Foster Avenue Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-8755 This Ravenswood neighborhood joint is your typical dive bar with a modest, brick exterior, wooden walls, carpeted floors and cheap drinks. On Fridays, the place turns into a turtle racer's... Read More >
Chicago's bars and clubs require patrons to be at least 21 years old. There are still plenty of options if you aren't old enough to legally "hit the sauce." Here are some of our favorites: Smoke a Hookah Samah 3330 N. Clark (773) 248-4606 Best way to get there: Take the Clark Street... Read More >
Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the USA and offers spectacular skyline, world-class art museums, and many free things to do! Attractions Photograph Buckingham Fountain Photo of Buckingham Fountain © puroticorico Buckingham Fountain has a free water display every hour from mid-April to mid-October. The best time to go is between dusk... Read More >
Chicago live music clubs and a comprehensive list of Chicago concerts.... Read More >
Museums Shedd Aquarium 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 wide variety of events, from daily narrated dives to amazing (but costly) behind-the-scenes tours. 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Hours:... Read More >