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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 2 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Reservations are able to be cancelled or modified up to two weeks prior to arrival, when full charges are due. No show reservations will be charged in full and re-in-statement will be subject to availability.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Guests agree to abide by all house rules. Cannot guarantee exact placement of guests/rooms in relation to each other. For best service, please provide contact information so that our group sales manager can reach out.

Additional Info:

Please note that multiple beds booked are not guaranteed placement in the same room. To guarantee placement in the same room, guests must reserve a Private Quad or Premium Private Quad.

Please note that any bookings exceeding 8 King/Queen Rooms, 4 Private Quads, or 10 Beds in Shared Rooms are considered group bookings and group policies will apply to these reservations.

Groups with guests younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Freehand Chicago

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

Freehand Chicago is housed in a classic 1927 building in Chicago's vibrant River North neighborhood just two blocks from Michigan Avenue. Inside, we've collaborated with acclaimed design firm Roman and Williams. Expect innovative design, affordable and flexible accommodations, and a comfortable community atmosphere. For eats and drinks, we have a second edition of our celebrated Broken Shaker cocktail bar, and Café Integral for small bites and beverages.

Property Features:
24- Hour Front Desk & Security
Multilingual Staff
Complimentary WiFi In Rooms and Public Areas
Fitness Center
Broken Shaker award-winning cocktail bar
Cafe Integral
Room-service available
Tours & Activities Concierge
Guest Lounge
Guest Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Daily Housekeeping
Linens, blankets, and towels provided complimentary

Freehand Chicago's Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival unless a non-refundable discount is reserved.
Payment upon arrival by credit card. $50 incidental credit card authorization required upon check-in.
Cash Not Accepted.
Taxes not included - 17.40%.
Breakfast included for guests staying in coed and female dorms ONLY
Please note that multiple bed in shared room reservations are not guaranteed placement in the same room; to guarantee all bed reservations in the same room, please book a Private Quad or Premium Private Quad.

Check in from 15:00 to 23:00 .
Check out before 12:00 .

Please note the total reservation may not exceed 8 King/Queen Rooms, 4 Private Quads, or 10 Beds in Shared Rooms as additional policies may apply for group bookings.

24 hour Reception.
No curfew. Child friendly.
We do not accept guests younger than 18 years of age. Minimum check in age is 18.
We don't have parking facilities but there's offsite self-parking for 39 USD.
Shared accommodations are limited to non-Chicago residents only. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.2

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Oct 2019
    Location was wonderful-seconds walk from the red train and center of downtown. Rooms were cleaned daily, good quality blankets and pillows compared to the hostels I’ve been to. Overall great stay, would come back.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Oct 2019
    This is my second hostel experience and it was amazing!!! I love the fact that you have curtains and “walls” in dorm, so you have some degree of privacy. Each bunk had it’s own charging port and lights as well.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Oct 2019
    I often have reviews that seem exaggerated. But really, they have been thought through. Do you want to visit Chicago? And you want an accomodation that has it all? Book Freehand. You won't be disappointed. 🙏🏻
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    30 Sep 2019
    This place was absolutely amazing! Not only was the staff incredible to us, the rooms were great, the atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for and the location can not be beat! Just a few steps outside the front door was the magnificent mile and we weren't far from the navy pier. Everyone from staff to other guests made the experience enjoyable and I can not wait to return!
    USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 10.0


    16 Sep 2019
    Loved this place. I stayed in the bunk room. The people in my room weren't social at all (but luck of the draw), but the rest of the hotel was amazing! So trendy. Cool atmosphere. The cocktail bar on the main level is so good. I highly recommend.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    06 Oct 2019
    Amazing hostel! The dorms are clean and very cozy, the bed was comfy. Breakfast was good, with different types of cereal and bread to pick, plus fruit and yogurt. Bar a bit pricey but good. And the location is just amazing!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    02 Oct 2019
    The room was lovely - comfortable bed, pleasant to be in, your own little shelf and a privacy curtain for each bed (not blockout). The kitchen is nice and functional, but there wasn’t really a common area to mingle with other travellers. They do have a great bar on the ground floor, though, that even the locals like to frequent. There is also a cafe, and a lounge area. It’s just hard to use them at night. I had good people in my room, though, and went out most nights, so not a big deal.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    02 Oct 2019
    What a great find! I loved the look and feel of this place- the staff was BEYOND helpful and courteous. Warm reception and a good "happy trails" when I left. I loved the prairie style decor- it all felt warm and inviting. It was also refreshing to see a wide range of ages staying at the hostel, various stories, various walks of life, all enjoying Chicago.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    16 Sep 2019
    I found this hostel amazing, felt more like a hotel. Room was excellent with my bunk feeling like my own pod with curtains for privacy. Having en suite in room was really nice and a great facility. The only thing I would say is that the use of iPad to check in was confusing and less personal but again that is a personal opinion. I would also say that the kitchen facilities for those in co-ed rooms was limited and small.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    16 Sep 2019
    Everything great - only issue was the light in bed not that bright.
    USA, Male, 41+
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Express check-in / out
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Internet café
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2018

    3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2016

    1st, Best New Extra Large Hostel

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