Things to Do
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….
Now a nationally recognizeable force, Intelligentsia may be the best coffee served stateside. Whether it’s their distinct flavorful House Blend, or the memorable richness of the El Diablo Dark Roast, every cup is brewed to order & everyone should try one. 3123 N. Broadway Ave. Enjoy a hot cup in their spacious cafe & buy a bag of their fresh beans to bring back home.
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…
Let’s begin with a tasty local option in Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. A 5 minute walk from the hostel (2473 N. Clark St.) this place serves imaginative maki that leaves your taste buds begging for more. In addition, their tempura (seafood and/or vegetables in a fried batter) proves to be a warm delight on a chilly autumn evening. Enjoy with some of their signature sake (traditional Japanese warm wine made from rice). Average maki: $8.
Explore Chicago and use our hostel as your comfortable base of travel. Here are some reasons why you should stay with us:
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 nightlife, restaurants, the lakefront path, or even a free zoo, Lincoln Park will surely enhance your Chicago visit. “Wonderful hostel! Lincoln Park area is great and quiet, pub crawl was so much fun on Thursday nights. Must stay hostel in Chicago, good environment to meet people or chill if you want. Stay here!!” Anonymous review.
We pride ourselves on being a boutique-like hostel with a very relaxing yet social vibe. Our premises include free internet/wifi, common areas: including a tv lounge, piano room, cafeteria, and sun room, a fully renovated kitchen guests may use as well as a vending area. Get the best travel tips at our front desk that’s operated 24/7, or relax with friends in the dining room. Check out some reviews here. We are also taking student applications for extended stay guests all while keeping up the atmosphere of a true traveler’s hostel.
Part of exploring Chicago is doing things together. Chicago Getaway Hostel has weekly & monthly events, and we are pleased to host activities such as: pub crawls, free dinners, holiday parties, free blues bar outings, bike rides/ rentals and more. Make your reservation today, and see for yourself why we were voted #4 Extra Large Hostel Worldwide on Hostelworld in 2012.
We live, work, and play in Chicago, so we know this city very well. Our greatest attribute is our desire to share this knowledge with you as you familiarize yourself with the greatest city in the USA. Our entire staff takes great pride in what we do, and you are our first priority.
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:
The National Mexican Art Museum displays the signature style of a very popular culture in Chicago. Mexican art is known for its distinct aesthetic affect on sculptures, paintings, and murals. This uniqueness is on full display at Pilsen’s museum, check it out at 1852 West 19th Street. In addition, there are some incredible family run taquerias in Pilsen, try the excellent La Casa Del Pueblo when you’re done exploring art.
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 Bielski over at Chicago Hauntings. This bus has evening tours that explore all the most actively “haunted” Chicago locations. October tickets are $33, cameras are encouraged, and reservations are a must.
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 the legendary Second City. Here is a list of current shows, we highly recommend the highly recommended We’re All in this Room Together. Located at 1616 N. Wells St., the venue is 15 minutes by train or a 25 minute walk from our hostel.
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 is nestled in Bucktown on Western Ave. & Thomas St. This place embodies the essence of a comfortable divey bar with a great sound quality, cheap drinks, and uncommonly friendly staff & service. The pool table, an old couch, some vintage arcade machines, whiskey specials, bathroom graffiti, and solid bands are huge pluses. In addition, Bite Cafe is part of the Bottle and serves up some unique yet savory munching options.
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 a single can or bottle.
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 swear they’ve got a sushi chef trapped in the kitchen, though: dishes are presented with fussy attention to color and arrangement, and rarely do vegetables, meat, or noodles seem over- or undercooked.” states their website, and this rings true, just be prepared to be confronted with crowds on a weekend evening. We recommend the Signature Pho.
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 from our front door. Whether it’s for a day game or northside nightlife.