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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

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Mar 2019
    This is a great place if u know u not gonna b in a hotel or in bed as much. The ppl was in my room was fun also. I enjoyed them. This was my 1st time in a hostel and I will probably do it again .
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    04 Apr 2019
    Good place, good location. Price worth it.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    27 Mar 2019
    It’s a very good place to stay, the location is close to many attractions and good restaurants walking distance to many important sites in downtown. I shared a bedroom with 3 more ladies and it worked well, the bedroom was comfortable good layout it gets cleaned every day. The bathroom was impeccable. Good service with the towels, my only complaint is that they don’t give shampoo, conditioner and liquid body soap unless you ask that’s annoying. Overall excellent price for the quality!
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    21 Mar 2019
    I arrived in Chicago after a late flight from Minneapolis. It was my first time in the city, the fourth stop of a first trip to the USA. Not being able to find a better adjective, I will say that Chicago's downtown impressed me as Gothic City. I first saw the skyscrapers when I went out of the subway, but that was nothing compared to the view that my room, located in the 14th floor, had to offer. A dark carpeted lobby, with a bar at its end, had already told me that that was no normal hostel.
    Spain, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    18 Mar 2019
    Excellent hostel which is really more like an hotel. It's in a great location and was perfect for my one night stay in Chicago on a business trip. Also a couple of blocks away from some cool Jazz clubs such as Andy's. Atmosphere was a hipster vibe but your not going to fall in with people here in the traditional hostel sense. Still highly recommend it, particularly if you're looking a bit of class on a decent budget
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    13 Mar 2019
    Stayed for one night. Directions from metro were easily followed. Would stay again
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    30 Mar 2019
    I was a solo traveler so I wished to find other travelers and things to do all together. If you are like me, don't choose this hostel. If you are searching for a fancy and cheap place where to enjoy your room and the location, this hostel will be perfect! On the first floor there is a really nice bar (where there are people that are not staying at the hostel too) and it becomes the lobby during the day. It's really clean and the room was awesome! The location in great too.
    Italy, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    19 Mar 2019
    Amazing beds! Amazing showers! Great kitchen. Staff could be more friendly. And no smoking area really makes for an uncomfortable in counters with the valet boys next door who are quite rude.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    28 Mar 2019
    Honestly, it was a good hostel for the location and what we payed for. We did a 4 female dorm with a bathroom and lockers. The lockers were big enough to fit a sports bag, just bring your own lock. The biggest down side is if you're under 21 and wanted to sit in the main lounge & meet people, the answers no! They don't allow anyone in after 9 pm but they said no to us at 5 pm so I was irritated cause we had to go back to our room. Was good if you plan on leaving all day and coming back late.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    28 Mar 2019
    We were so excited to stay here, but upon check in the two women helping at front desk were rude, and treated us like idiots because we were questioning our room charges and needed clarification. They tried telling me Hostel world held the deposit and it would be refunded, even though I knew that wasnt true. They did not take the time to resolve this issue or help in any way. I have no idea if I was overcharged or just helped pay for my friends bill. Beautiful rooms, great location, staff sucked
    Canada, 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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