A couple weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited Chicago for the Foo Fighters’ first concert at Wrigley Field. Needless to say, it was the best concert I’ve ever seen and a dream come true since they’re my favorite band! Thanks to Max for my wonderful Christmas present and scouring StubHub.com to get me tickets to the sold-out show 🙂
Anyway, we’re not huge party people and I knew we’d just want to crash after instead of bar hopping around Chicago in search of Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. I searched hotels all over the city and there was no way I was going to pay $300 and up for a single night so I resorted to hostels and found Wrigley Hostel. It was perfect! At $60 per person per night – I knew I wouldn’t find anything cheaper during such a big event – it was just what we needed and was less than a block from Wrigley Field and the Addison L train stop that would take us back downtown. What more could we ask for?
We stayed in a 4-bed mixed-gender dorm room. It was a little small but both bunk beds fit just fine. Wrigley Hostel is a converted apartment building of four floors, including a basement, with two bathrooms on each floor as well as a full kitchen. I recommend staying on the highest floor, the 3rd, so you’ll have less of a chance of loud people at night. Despite the building being a little old, everything felt very clean to me and the bed was comfortable. Bathrooms are within the hallways but not shared – it’s privately yours when you’re inside, which I loved.
Free towels, free WiFi, free pancake breakfast (with more), an outdoor deck, a computer area and a common room with a pool table, large couch and big-screen television. They also have some organized events such a pub crawls and trivia!
It’s literally half a block from Wrigley Field – perfect location for events in Wrigleyville and close to the Addison station on the red line. From Wrigley Field, go south on the right-hand side of Shepherd Ave and you’ll run into it – it’s a little hard to see but look at the apartment doors and you’ll see its little sign. It’s probably easier to find on foot than by driving.
Every staff member that I ran into was super sweet and helpful! They’re all locals who know the area and are excited to meet you.
It’s a bit hard to spot from the outside unless you know where it is, and I would recommend having more outlets in the rooms. I noticed that those on the top bunk wouldn’t be able to keep their phone near them while charging, therefore leading to missed alarms and disturbed neighbors.
The kitchen downstairs can become a little cramped – I would suggest serving breakfast in the common room instead. Perhaps a self-serve waffle station instead of the receptionist making the pancakes on the stove, would make life a little easier in the kitchen/eating area.
They also ran out of towels while we were there so you might want to grab one early and give it right back to them so they can wash it for the next person.
It was Max’s first hostel experience and while I knew what to expect (potential drunk/loud/puking people flying in our room at 4am) I was nervous that he wouldn’t enjoy his first time (that’s what she said). After we left on Sunday I asked him if he’d stay at a hostel again and he said he definitely would – woo hoo! He’s a keeper. 🙂
Bottom line, I would definitely recommend Wrigley Hostel and stay here again myself! It’s in the perfect spot, easy to get to, and the friendly staff and cleanliness will have you coming back. Thank you for the great experience, Wrigley Hostel!