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Best Budget Hotels in Chicago Under $150 Per Night

When visiting Chicago, it’s essential to have money to spare. One of the largest and most iconic cities in the United States, with jazz clubs, sports games, museums, skyscrapers, and parks, there are plenty of ways to spend your cash. In one of the world’s most visited metropolitan cities, it’s difficult to find accommodation under $150 per night if you don’t know where to look.

With a range of free amenities, the following budget hotels will leave plenty of room in your wallet for that extra slice of pizza or a front row seat at a Chicago Bulls basketball game.

Chicago Getaway Hostel

Adults of all ages can take advantage of the great value for money at Chicago Getaway Hostel. Located close to the beach in the popular neighbourhood of Lincoln Park, free Wi-Fi and breakfast are perks at this spacious and modern hostel.

Common areas include a gourmet kitchen and beautiful outdoor patio. Both shared dormitory rooms and private rooms with en suite bathrooms are available. The hostel is close to transportation, making it very accessible to the city.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Getaway Hostel.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Getaway Hostel.

Hostelling International Chicago

A youth hostel in a central location, Hostelling International Chicago is well placed, with easy access to all major tourist hot spots, and guests receive discounts to many of the city’s best attractions. Location puts you within walking distance of Lake Michigan, and free walking tours of the city leave from the hostel.

Guest room amenities mirror those you would expect from a hotel, including separate shower and bath, a minibar and air conditioning. Other hostel amenities include conference rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, and laundry services.

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

An elegant historic hotel located less than a block from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is the best value for money in Chicago.

Guest rooms are small, though the location is fantastic, and while offering limited amenities, the property does have both a fitness center and business center.

Photo courtesy of Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago.

Photo courtesy of Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago.

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace

A budget hotel which feels like boutique property, Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace is a housed in a charming ivy-covered brick building, with brick paths and striped awnings. Guests appreciate having free Wi-Fi and a microwave in their room. Other amenities include continental breakfast, and they can enjoy complimentary local newspapers by the fireplace in the Victorian-style lobby.

One of few hotels in the residential Lakeview neighborhood, the property is close to both Wrigley Field and the best of Chicago’s gay nightlife scene. Guests can reach downtown Chicago in 30 minutes via the Red Line elevated train, which is right outside the door, and many dining options are in the surrounding area.

Chicago’s Essex Inn

Right next to Grant Park, Chicago’s Essex Inn is the perfect base for exploring the city. Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, and the theatre district are within walking distance, and the airport is only 25 minutes away.

Complimentary amenities include use of the rooftop pool and fitness center. The hotel offers Internet access at a surcharge. Guests have a choice of a room with either a view of Lake Michigan or the city.

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