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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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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
  • 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.

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

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.6

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 May 2021
    It was a great time. The staff was friendly and nice. It was the best location in town and although the facilities were closed everything around town was open.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Apr 2021
    This place was terrific, the location was super central and it had lots of amenities. The beds weren’t the comfiest but for the price it was fine. The Covid-19 precautions were also great, limited guests per room so that was terrific
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    17 Apr 2021
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    08 Jan 2021
    A comfortable room in a classical building resembling a vintage city hotel. Convenient to public transportation across the canal from the downtown loop.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    04 May 2021
    Much more comfortable than the average hostel. Restroom within suite, comfortable bed, AC and heater control. You can order food to the hostel from a menu in your room. At this time, due to the ongoing pandemic, there are no events and the bar/restaurant is closed, though I was told that this may resume soon. However, despite it being listed on this app, there is no hostel bike parking. There are bike racks on the street in front, but these are not controlled by the hostel.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    07 Apr 2021
    So amazing!! Sadly not very lively rn, but that's due to covid
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    06 May 2021
    This location was absolutely amazing !! I was able to walk to everything i did during my weekend getaway. The subway system was literally around the block and was so budget friendly to use as well. The location is right in the center of all the nice spots. I appreciate the curtains on each bunk it gave some privacy from all the other roomie if needed. Extra Towels, blankets, toilet paper and other amenities were given if asked. My only issue was late check out fee.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    14 May 2021
    When I first booked at hostel world, they gave me a quote that it did not match what Freehand Chicago was charging. Freehand was charging more. In the end hostel world fixed the quote to reduce to its original value. After our checkout they did a horrible job with the billng (Freehand) they overcharged me, and my friend paid the lesser amount. It was 2 seperate reservations, one for my friend and one for me. They just charged 1. I had to embarrassingly ask my friend to pay me back.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 5.4


    05 Feb 2021
    The heating didn’t work in the room. The heater was working but the room couldn’t get warm. We had to sleep in our clothes. The room was unlike the photos in that the bed was built into wall. I had to climb over my daughter to get into bed. And there was a tapping sound in the walls that made it almost impossible to sleep. We checked out a night early and told the staff and they didn’t even refund the last night or want to listen to the problems we had had.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 3.7


    13 Jun 2021
    -no breakfast -very dirty -some dude had forgot his stuff in the middle of the room, staff didn't care no one was ready to clean the room -tiny gym, no ac
    Germany, Male, 31-40
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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
  • 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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