What's A Hostel? (And Other Answers To Your Queries)
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.
*If you book our advanced purchase rate plans, we do charge those in full at booking. They are non-refundable and changes cannot be made*
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.
Can I ship packages to the hostel before, or during my stay?
You can ship packages to the hostel during your stay, or in advance of your stay. There is a package acceptance fee of $3 per parcel. If package arrives and you do not have a reservation, or have departed them boxes are marked "Return to Sender."
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.
Advanced Purchase and Promotional Rates:
These rates have special policies. Refer to the rate plan information for more details.
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.
How big are your lockers?
36 inches high
15 inches wide
18 inches deep
A normal sized backpack will fit in these lockers with no problem. If you are traveling with larger luggage we recommend putting your valuables in the locker - and placing the rest of your items underneath your bed.
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. Our private rooms with bathrooms feature shampoo, soap and conditioner; otherwise you should supply your 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, Lincoln Park and its famous zoo. We are a short trip to the city's major attractions 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 daily. We have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available 24/7 for 75¢. We also have a full vending area that has a frozen food, 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 events calendar for more details.
Do you have parking?
We do have parking available for $28 per night. 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 (#8 Halsted, #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. North Avenue Beach.
- Public transit is easy and nearby.
- You'll love the quaint, tree-lined streets.
- Incredible Architecture
- A plethora of rapid transit options
- DePaul University is around the corner
Is there monthly housing available?
Yes, we do offer extended stay arrangements for students studying in Chicago.
Visit our extended stay request form and one of our managers will get back to you within 24 hours.
Do you offer group rates?
We do offer group rates. Fill out our group inquiry form
If I live in Chicago or the surrounding area, can I check in at Chicago Getaway Hostel?
We do not allow guests from the Chicago area to stay at Chicago Getaway Hostel. If the zip code on your ID starts with “60″, you cannot stay with us.
What's nearby the hostel?