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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent 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.

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

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 49 USD.
Shared accommodations are limited to non-Chicago residents only. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.1

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 7.6

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    30 May 2022
    Nice place
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    21 May 2022
    Great hostel! & perfect location, was able to walk to most tourist locations
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    28 Jun 2022
    Loved this place. The room was small especially for 4 girls lol but it was great! Beds are comfortable. The location is great, a minute walk from the red line, but a 20min walk to millennium park. Would definitely go back! The bar in the lobby is nice, but expensive.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    25 May 2022
    Nice spot in a good location. No complaints! Neutral comment: arrangement/setup makes it a bit sleepy and less social as the rooms span multiple floors in more of a hotel style setup.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    23 May 2022
    More like a hotel with 4-bed dorms available. Very nice place, with clean, new and tidy facilities. Great location for everything Downtown Chicago. Note that this is not a traditional hostel - no common area etc.
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    26 May 2022
    Great location, but I’m pretty sure the 70 year old women that were staying in the same room as me were living there, which was a weird experience.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    29 May 2022
    This hostel is solid. Pros include the great location and on-site bar (restaurant was closed when I visited). Cons include insufficient staff (so check-in can take ~30 minutes to an hour with the really long line) and very small rooms.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9


    20 May 2022
    Their bunk beds are sturdy, but the rooms are really tiny. There is no common room aside from the bar which closes at a certain time, and no microwave to warm up your food. It was good that I reviewed the bill before checking out because I was charged for some beverages. This can be improved by adding security question when taking purchases. Btw, the partitions in rooms are poor. We woke up hearing next door's moaning which was so ridiculous.
    Philippines, Female, 31-40
  • 6.0


    24 May 2022
    Slow and often rude staff, no kitchen, no clear community area, very difficult to meet people, overpriced bar with a hotel bar feel to it. This is more like a hotel with bad service and shared rooms, not a real hostel, although this is common with hostels in the US. Plus they charged way more than the price shown on due to different types of taxes.
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 5.4


    07 Jun 2022
    Rude and unhelpful front desk. Changed my room 3 times as the key card didn't work!! Then, the bed I was assigned, was ALSO assigned to two other people! Front desk, laughed this off like it happens all the time. Great pizza restaurant recommendation from Head of housekeeping though.
    England, Couple, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • 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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