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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 9.2

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 7.9

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    31 Aug 2022
    The bar/lounge area is very cool and chic and a nice place to sit. The rooms are quite updated for a hostel and your bed comes with curtains. The elevators run a bit slow but this did not bother me. The staff seem to be very chill.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Aug 2022
    There was always a security guard outside the door. They closed the doors at 1am for security. The lobby always smelled nice. The bar and the restaurant always had such a good vibe. The rooms were clean, the staff was great. But the best of all, location. Right next to a train station, to a bike station and minutes away walking from the Riverwalk.
    Puerto Rico, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    14 Sep 2022
    I would have given it all 5 stars had there been anyone to answer the phone when I called 4 times before my visit. Finally someone did answer and I had a few questions about the facilities and where to park. I asked my first question and then was bout to ask my 2nd when they said ok" then hung up the phone. They weren't trying to be rude but they definitely should have asked if there was anything else before They hung up. Just general customer care courtesy. Other than that I was very impressed.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    09 Sep 2022
    The hostel was perfect for its location. If not, almost everything I believe was walking distance. Highly recommend.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    05 Sep 2022
    This was my first time staying in a hostel in the US and I have to say, it was a great experience. Stayed one night and everything was smooth. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere in the common area downstairs was really nice. I really like the Art Deco vibe the whole building brings.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    02 Sep 2022
    Really great staff and great location! You can walk to the riverwalk and you’re only 2 blocks from the train. Honestly, we never had any major issues. Room and bathroom were clean. Felt kinda like a hotel rather than a hostel but we spent most of the time out anyways. Would def stay again!
    USA, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.4


    07 Sep 2022
    Overall had a good experience. I did however, called to let them know I’d be arriving close to midnight because my plane was delayed, and the guy that answered the phone was rude telling me if I didn’t arrive they’d charge me and take it as a no-show.. I told him that’s exactly why I’m calling, so I tried checking in online hoping that would keep my reservation. But I didn’t appreciate the rudeness and sarcasm from the person taking my call, on top of stressing over my delayed flight.
    Mexico, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    31 Aug 2022
    Fantastic spot in the heart of Chicago. Excellent staff and a top notch cafe and bar. The fitness center is a wonderful bonus.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    08 Sep 2022
    Doesnt have shared kitchens, charged me more than was advertised and gave me a mixed dorm and then said i got a mixed dorm even though i know i got a female dorm and then they changed it for me.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.6


    06 Sep 2022
    Old beautiful building, in need of serious cleaning in some areas, Air filter from the AC just blow dust, and when I pointed out the black whatever in the shower and around the vent, I was told off. Apparently it’s not humidity or lack of open air vent, it’s an old client who had colored her hair black in their shower and proceeded to rince her hair our while splashing the dye all over the shower. Beside one lady at the front desk with the worst attitude ever, the staff was very nice
    France, Female, 25-30
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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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