Hostel Chicago, United States

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Volunteer in Chicago! Explore this amazing city!

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Higher chance of approval
This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with international travelers
7 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Connect with the locals
6 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Needs help immediately
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Yoga classes
Take free yoga classes at our place.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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The Experience

November, December, and January 2023 are open. There's waiting list for August-Oct 15. The day will be 4-5 hours. It will include cleaning the rooms when guests check out; daily cleaning the bathroom; cleaning the kitchen. There will also be outdoor work (landscaping) such as, raking leaves; snow shoveling; gardening; weeding, trimming the bushes; cleaning/painting outdoor furniture. The most important skill is asking questions!

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  • Intermediate English
  • Between 28 and 70 years old
  • Be from outside United States
  • United States Visa
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
4 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

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12 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

7 Meeting international travelers

6 Meeting locals

5 Practicing English

4 Immersing in the local culture

1 Developing social awareness

1 Practicing Spanish



This place was my home for almost 3 months! I take with me a lot of new experiences and some really good friends. It was challengin arriving in the middle of winter because it was my first time experimeting that cold, but I started to use to it so fast. The house is so cozy, in a nice and safe neighboorhood, and all the guest I met were amazing. Mary is great, fun, easy going and patiente person, I learned a lot during my time here. I'm going come back soon, I hope so :)

29 days ago



The experience in the hostel was fantastic. I learned a lot of things in a very cozy atmosphere. I had contact with local people and travelers from other countries. The area is peaceful, save and have easy subway access to downtown Chicago. Mary is a wonderful person. Very sweet, dedicated and attentive. She teaches you everything you need and always makes sure everybory feels comfortable and well. I miss her already! It's an honor to have been a volunteer at the hostel :)

5 months ago



We are so happy to stay two months in Chicago! Mary was a great host for us! We have known other volunteers, we could practiced our Spanish with them, Mari from Mexico and Dani and Javi from Chile! We've had a lot of work to organize the back porch, cut the huge branches in the backyard, designer a new vegetable garden: with garlic, onion, chives, tomatoes and Basil, kill the weeds in the front yard, cut trunks and mow the lawn! We loved the spirit of the Guest house! It's a centenary house, but so cozy and comfortable. For that reason we've decided to stay one more month!Thanks Mary!

8 months ago

United States


Mary was an amazing host! She made sure that the volunteers were satisfied with their experience. The work hours were nice and can be flexible when needed. I never felt overworked and was able to go for a run almost every day without feeling tired. During my time, most guests were up early which was great for me. Catching up with them in the mornings made it feel like they were long term roommates. I am looking forward to coming back one day. Thank you Mary!

10 months ago

Mary replied

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay.
The guests really loved getting to know you. And one wanted to hire you to help her move and organize her new home in Chicago!
Taking initiative my it so easy to host you. I've used all your suggestions. Initiative is the #1 thing a host looks for in a volunteer.
You're welcome back here any time!
Happy sailing! ⛵⛴️

United States


Overall an okay experience! Tasks were easy! Would recommend to anyone looking to explore the city as the train station is a 7 min walk from the house!

10 months ago

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Response Time
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