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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
  • Marvellous 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


At Freehand Chicago, with our classic 1927 building and luxe vibe, we do things differently. There are tons of activities to entertain you, from palm and tarot readings to SUP yoga and kayaking. Now you know what the future has in store for you, meet other travellers in our swanky lounge or award-winning cocktail bar! We host happy hour every weeknight and bring in live DJs and jazz at the weekend. If you need to sweat out last night's drinks, stop by the fitness centre. Our free breakfast helps you keep up with our schedule!


Find us just off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago's artsy River North (aka RiNo) district – known for its warehouse galleries, experimental art studios, pop-up food halls and microbreweries. It's also the go-to place in the city for nights out. To reach us from the airport, take the orange line for 30 minutes to Clark/Lake and we're a 15-minute stroll away. From the Greyhound bus station, take bus 7 to Jackson & State and then the red line for five minutes to Grand & State. We're then just around the corner.

Rooms and Dorms

Mingle in our mixed or female-only en-suite dorms, where you'll find snug wooden bunks with privacy curtains and reading lights. Private rooms come with extra space and plenty of perks, including free bath products. If you and your mates want to splash out, upgrade to the penthouse and get an extra-large bathroom, games room and 65-inch TV. Whichever room you choose, you can reach it by elevator and you'll get linen, towels, air con and Wi-Fi.

Extras and activities

The kitchen's the heart of our hostel, especially on Thursday nights when we host our 'bring your own booze' games night. If you don't fancy cooking, stop by the bar for street food or head to our café for coffee, cake and sandwiches. Our multilingual reception team is on hand 24/7 and can stash your bag in our luggage store for extra safety while you're out.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    09 Aug 2019
    This hostel was more like a hotel. Great place to stay!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    01 Aug 2019
    Loved it. Privacy curtains are great! Lockers are big. Staff are great. I'll be back.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    27 Jul 2019
    -a down to earth, funky hostel with friendly and helpful staff -provides several services like breakfast, a café, a bar, and a lounge -very central location which makes for easy transporting -very good value for the price -close to Quartino's and Jojo's Milk Bar
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    12 Jul 2019
    Really good hostel, clean, comfortable and well decorated. Perfect location in the city center
    Switzerland, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.7


    11 Aug 2019
    Great location, great dorms, and decent atmosphere - small kitchen though
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    16 Jul 2019
    Excellent place - beds were nice and comfy, staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the hotel was in a great location. Recommended.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    05 Aug 2019
    Freehand was a great place to stay in Chicago for cheap. Awesome location, up to date interior, WiFi, etc. However, as a 6' male, the beds were a little too short for me which made it uncomfortable to sleep both nights I was there. I also didn't see much interaction going on in their main room. I had hostel mates that checked in at very late hours and left very early in the morning so I did not get to meet them. That wasn't that big of an issue. The only real issue I had was the bed.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    09 Aug 2019
    Great beds and bathrooms, but the lobby area is an expensive cocktail bar
    Australia, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 8.6


    18 Aug 2019
    This was a great hostel in a great location close to the Miracle Mile but also close enough to walk into town across the water. The room (4-person) was small but the beds were great (not rickety bunk beds because the bunks are built into the room). Privacy blinds between beds and lockers big enough for a carry on sized suitcase. Breakfast was cereal, yogurt, toast, maybe fruit. The kitchen seemed a little dirty. The place is like the pictures but just more lived in since those pics were taken.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 6.0


    06 Aug 2019
    I wouldn't stay at this hostel again if I return to chicago. The breakfast options weren't the best. There is only two elevators which are always crowded. No one was asked to show there room card as proof that they were actual guests upon entering. There is a bar on the first floor and anyone even non-guests were allowed to come in and drink at the bar. This made me slightly uncomfortable. This hostel doesnt offer any fun activities just yoga you had to bring own mat and partying.
    USA, Female, 31-40
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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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