IHSP Chicago Hostel at Damen CTA
1616 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, USA

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IHSP members can save 10% off our lowest rates!

We're the best-located hostel in Chicago! Wicker Park is youthful area full of dive bars, shops, awesome places to eat, and amazing architecture.

Our hostel features a large and social common room with fully equipped kitchen as well. Our staff also takes guests on free pub crawls around Wicker Park.

Only hostel In Chicago with a 24 Hour Roof deck where you can socialize all night long!

We offer offer both male and female dorm beds and private rooms, both with shared bathrooms. All rooms are hotel-type rooms with all-new beds and furniture, plus new bathrooms.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept local guests. You must show a passport or out-of-town ID upon arrival. USA Citizens staying in a dorm bed: we require you to show a student ID and a travel itinerary (this rule doesn't apply for private, non-shared rooms).

***7 Night maximum stay in dorms

Free airport shuttle from O'Hare, take the Blue Line from O'Hare and we will reimburse your fare.

*Please note that our parking is very limited and must be reserved in advance. Our parking is $10/night +tax for each car.

Our free facilities include free Wi-Fi and Internet, free linen and towels, free coffee and tea all day and free lockers and luggage storage. We also have a free concierge service, including discounted tickets. Coin-operated laundry is also available on-site.

Discounted bike rentals are available but must be reserved in advance. Our contact information will be in your booking confirmation email.

Wicker Park is one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago for nightlife, restaurants, bars and shopping. Downtown is great for sightseeing but Wicker Park is where you will want to spend all of your time. You can literally see the trains on the blue line as they pass by a block away. Wicker Park is the hippest place in Chicago and is only two stops from the city center and five stops from the Willis (Sears) Tower and Union Station.

Make the right choice in your travels and try out IHSP Chicago Hostel, located in the famous Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood directly on the Damen stop on the blue line. We are not one of those hostels that charges you for everything, you will feel at home here.

Please read our Things to Note below before making a booking.

Bring cash for a 2% discount!

We have a 48 hour cancellation/modification policy.

You must be 18 years old or older to stay in shared dorm rooms. Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Elevator
  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine
  • Wii


The CTA Blue Line Metro Train runs 24 hours a day directly out of Chicago O'Hare Airport. We are a half-block from the Damen stop on the Blue Line. Our free shuttle is only available from O'Hare.

From O'Hare Airport: Take the CTA Blue Line to the Damen stop

Directions from Midway Airport: Take the CTA Orange Line towards the LOOP and get off at the Clark/Lake stop. Transfer to the CTA Blue Line train towards O'Hare

Directions from Union Station: Walk two blocks south to the Clinton Blue Line stop, take the train and exit at the Damen stop

When you exit the station at the DAMEN stop, turn left/NORTH and cross the 6-way intersection. Stay on Damen Ave, and we are located on that following block (directly behind Walgreens), on the left side of the street (1616 N Damen). Our front desk is located on the second floor. Please dial 2222 on the keypad for entry.

Traveling by car? Our address is 1616 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60647 if you are using a GPS. When you are taking highway 90/94 into Chicago, just get off at the NORTH AVE exit (about 3 miles northwest of downtown) and go about a half mile west, turn right on Damen and we are on that first block. Our parking is limited, so please reserve a spot ahead of time by emailing or calling us.

16.4 % tax is not included in the room rate and will be added to your balance upon arrival.

You must be 18 years old or older to stay in shared dorm rooms. Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

Bring cash for a 2% discount!