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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 8.7

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    31 Dec 2021
    I really enjoyed my time here. It was very clean and the vibes were immaculate.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    25 Dec 2021
    Very nice staff and accomdating.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    16 Dec 2021
    Loved this place! 100% recommend
    Colombia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    25 Dec 2021
    I’d say my personal experience lived up to the good reviews, the room was nice and cozy, had a couch and bathroom which was so nice we didn’t have to share those with the entire floor. Location was perfect and security person was present so it felt that much safer. Would def stay here again.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    28 Nov 2021
    Great location. Warm showers. Comfy/warm beds. Bar downstairs had good food and drinks. Would recommend.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    07 Jan 2022
    Overall a very clean and well decorated hotel. The location is smack dab in the middle of one of the happening areas (River North). It's more like a hotel with some bunk bed rooms than a hostel, though, so don't expect to meet too many other travelers there.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    10 Dec 2021
    Amazing place to stay in Chicago.
    Argentina, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    09 Dec 2021
    From the start, my stay here was a great experience. Reception was kind and authentic. I had some questions before I arrived and they quickly answered my call and sorted things out. I chose the 4 bed with the en-suite bathroom and it was clean and well appointed, though a little tight. My roommates were kind and considerate and I enjoyed their company. It felt a little more like a hotel, but I liked that. Great location too. I will definitely stay here on my next solo trip to Chicago! Thank you!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9


    30 Dec 2021
    It was a pretty good stay. I just had a bunk mate who was pretty rude and messy. She left trash everywhere and the bathroom was always cluttered with her things. She also would always push my suitcase around even though it was never in her way. I tried to just mind my business or ask her politely to stop but she definitely soured the experience.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 5.1


    21 Dec 2021
    It wasn’t the best experience. The cofe and bar areas was close for COVID. And the other común areas smell so so bad, I can’t even eat a meal bc the smell. The bedrooms are kind of dirty, hair in the corners in the shower, and the sofa at the bed have stains (I don’t know if it was semen or what) The personal was so so nice ✨
    Paraguay, Female, 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
  • 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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