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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Chicago Getaway Hostel was the best hostel I've ever been to. Great atmosphere, great staff, the location is very nice too...a peaceful residential block close to Lincoln Park and a 7 minute walk from the CTA station Fullerton. There's always good music on (usually indie, jazz, or something cool). The place is clean and organized, there's a lot of space. There's a piano and guitars available if you ever wanna make some music. Gotta congratulate the people who run the place, they know their stuff, you'll be in a place where everything works the way it should. An ideal hostel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Thank MarcusRJ
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

Chicago Getaway is the perfect blend between Hotel luxury and Social Hub for the young traveller. The room we stayed in was the female dorm and I have no complaints about the quality of the room or the beds. The room was cleaned daily and we got new towels everyday. Showers were clean and regularly maintained.
The lobby was a relaxed and comfortable place to use their free computers and wifi as well as chat to other travellers.
The kitchen was large and well managed - although a little daunting at first. The free breakfast is self serve and a sumptuous feast! Bagels, Toast, Coffee, Tea, and Cereals! Definitely a great bonus!!
Pool table and large piano available for everyone to use and a great place to make friends. There's also an outdoor patio where you can lounge in the sun on the sun beds or have meals or drinks with people.
The whole complex is secure and not once did we once feel threatened. The Hostel is a bit of a walk from the train station, but seriously, if you're backpacking, its nothing you can't handle. The neighbourhood is quiet and very quaint. Lovely would be the right word. There's a few cute cafes and restaurants a few blocks away and its not hard to walk to the Lincoln Zoo either.
I stayed at the Getaway with a two big groups of friends at the same time and we all had one of the best experiences we could expect from a hostel.I know that if I was travelling solo, I still would not have had any trouble making friends with other travellers here.
I definitely want to find a reason to go back to Chicago to stay here. Highly recommended. xxx

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank arooky
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

A friend and I stayed at Getaway in September of this year. Doing our research before, we chose the Lincoln Park location and good facilities over the downtown competitors in an attempt to have a more 'local Chicago' experience. The Getaway Hostel didn't disappoint. The staff were amazing! The front desk people were graciously helpful and seemed to love their jobs. The housekeeping staff were brilliant, they even do your dishes for you. Other hostels should consider adopting this for the comfort of visitors that aren't on their first trip away from their mummy. The rooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. Breakfast is included in the nightly tariff and includes cereals, toast, fruit and good coffee for a small additional cost (75 cents I think). There are also vending machines with everything from pop to international power adapters. The back patio is great for catching some sun and relaxing at the end of the day. Close to rail and bus routes, getting to attractions is a breeze. Roaming the streets in this area was a highlight of our visit. There were only two downsides we noticed. One was the T.V room which smelled like a wet dog, perhaps a carpet cleaning that hadn't dried quickly enough? The other was people checking in at all times of the day. We had people join our room at 12am, 2am, 4am and 6am over various night. Oh and we got stuck with bag rustlers.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank LoveButton
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Definetly was a great place to stay. The staff is always available to help, the place is clean, the shower and beds are comfortable. It's also a beautiful place and located in a great area of the city, close to markets, subway, restaurants, bars... I would for sure recommend. I just think that on weekends they could have more coletive activities. Awesome place =)

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank fernandasjc
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

The staff were really helpful. It was easy to get to and from, the rooms were clean and tidy, over all the place had a great atmosphere the only thing I can fault was the overly small towels. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Sammi0_o
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