Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
What is a Hostel?
A hostel is an inexpensive lodging facility that provides overnight housing for travelers. Guests have a choice of staying in a dormitory style or private room. Upon arrival, visitors receive linens and a pillow. The Chicago Getaway Hostel strives to meet and exceed its guest’s expectations by providing only high levels of quality from the beginning and service to the end.
How do I make a reservation?
To make a reservation visit our Reservations Page, or you can call one of our friendly staff members at +1 (773) 929-5380.
When do you charge my credit card?
We take a credit card number when a reservation is made but you are not charged until you check in. You must present the credit card you wish to use when you check in.
What time is check-in?
Check in time is typically at 3 P.M. If you arrive earlier and your room is ready, we'll go ahead and check you in. If your room is not ready, we'll gladly store your luggage for you while you wait within the hostel or go out and see Chicago.
What is the Hostel's cancellation policy?
If you wish to cancel your reservation with no charge, you must do so by calling or emailing us before 6pm on the day before you are supposed to arrive.
Is there a place to store my things?
All dorm rooms have lockers that are free to use. Please bring your own lock. If you are staying in a private room and still wish to use a locker, we have extras in our common areas.
If you check out but aren't leaving town for a while, we'll be happy to store your luggage for you free of charge.
Am I allowed to drink alcohol at the hostel?
YES, of course, as long as you're 21 years old. As a matter of fact, we're the only hostel in town that allows you to have a drink while relaxing and meeting other travelers. We wouldn't want to stay in a hostel that doesn't allow alcohol and we doubt you do either!
Is there an age limit?
The Chicago Getaway Hostel does not have any age restrictions, however, a parent or chaperon must accompany travelers under the age of 18.
Who can stay at a hostel?
Anyone can stay here as long as they don’t live in the Chicago area. If the zip code on your ID starts with "60" you are not allowed to stay with us.
Does the hostel supply linens?
Yes, we supply sheets, blankets, pillows and towels all for no charge. Guests must supply their own toiletries.
Where are you located?
We are located in the heart of Lincoln Park, on a quiet, tree-lined street on Chicago’s North side. Our location is conveniently located near our famous train known as the “EL” and bus transportation. We are within a few blocks of some of Chicago’s best sites, including: Blues bars Jazz clubs, the lakefront, and Lincoln Park and its famous zoo. . We are a short trip to the cities major attracts like Millennium Park, Museums, Navy Pier and for ones shopping needs the Magnificent Mile. The Chicago Getaway Hostel is the perfect location for your entertainment needs at the right price.
Do you supply food?
We supply a free continental breakfast as well as free coffee to our guests. We also have a full vending area that has a pizza machine, snacks, and drinks. We have a self-service kitchen for you to prepare your own food. The Chicago Getaway Hostel is conveniently located in the thriving Lincoln Park area close to grocery stores and many small cafes and restaurants for you to choose from.
We occasionally have hostel events where we provide food. Check our event calendar for more details.
Do you have parking?
We do have parking available for $25 per night (increasing to $28 on March 1, 2013). However, our spaces are limited. We suggest that you first come to the hostel, check-in, and drop off your luggage. If we have a space available, we'll gladly rent it to you. If we don't, we'll give you some other options.
Are you close to public transportation?
We are one block away from the C.T.A. bus stop where you can catch the (#22Clark, #36 Broadway, #151 Sheridan) and we are three blocks away from the “EL” train (Fullerton) stop. See our directions page for more details.
Why should I stay in Lincoln Park?
There are many reasons but here are just a few:
-In Lincoln Park, you'll hang out with real Chicagoans. You'll get an insider view of Chicago.
-Chicago's downtown becomes a near ghost town after dark. Lincoln Park is full of action.
-Lincoln Park has a thriving nightlife scene with tons of restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, and music venues.
-The best beach is only a short walk away.
-Public transit is easy and nearby.
-You'll love the quaint, tree-lined streets.
-North Beach, Chicago's best beach, is a short walk away.
Is there monthly housing available?
No, but if you are staying for more than 20 days, we can probably arrange a discounted rate. Guests must speak directly with the General Manager to discuss their accommodations in detail.
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