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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb 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
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%.
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 9.6

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    19 Nov 2019
    Great place in downtown Chicago, I would definitely stay here when visiting the Windy City again!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    15 Nov 2019
    Staff were fantastic, roommates were delightful, bathroom and shower were clean and the downtown location was perfect. The bunks were sturdy and the privacy curtains are a nice feature. The lockers are a bit shallow, but I still managed to stuff my duffel bag in there. Overall 10/10 would stay again.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Nov 2019
    I loved the location and style of the hostel. I was really impressed when I asked for a hair dryer and they said they would deliver it to my bed. WOW! ohlala! The area in the dorm was small for conversations and you will need a small backpack or bag for the locker but otherwise I will totally be staying at the hostel again. Oh yeah, the wifi was fast too.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    04 Nov 2019
    Cool staff, well located and super clean
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    15 Nov 2019
    This place exceeded my expectations! The main areas (the bar, main lobby) are adorable! Room was basic yet super clean, simple, and all I needed! Location was near so many good restaurants and the metro! Will definitely be back.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    08 Nov 2019
    Staff were very friendly and helpful. Amenities were amazing. Breakfast could be better - at the time I was there, at least, most ingredients were out and the kitchen was messy. But I'm grateful for the breakfast being there in the first place! The beds were amazingly well-kept and furnished, the bedrooms clean and organized, lockers provided, and shampoo/soap available as well. One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at. For downtown Chicago it's really hard to beat.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    07 Nov 2019
    Freehand is amazing and it’s location is perfect. I just think that the kitchen is a little bit small, but the breakfast is very good
    Colombia, Couple, 31-40
  • 9.7


    05 Nov 2019
    Great beds. Plenty of bathrooms. Clean. Stylish. Awesome common area. Would stay again for sure.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    19 Nov 2019
    Nice hostel all in all. Beds are quite chic and comfy and personal with the little curtains in between. Shower get nice and hot and water has good pressure. The only thing that doesn't make this a 5/5 is the fact that the bar has above average prices for drinks and that the guy that checked me in didn't explain anything such as to use the key card to use the elevator. I was given a key and ''You have any questions'' well I didn't till i got stuck in the elevator!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 3.7


    23 Nov 2019
    Corporate hostel with unfriendly staff. It's a greedy money-grab like the rest of corporate America.
    USA, Male, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • 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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