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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
  • 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 8.8

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Oct 2021
    Great hostel in an excellent location. Near the L, and all the important sites to see.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    01 Oct 2021
    Very central location, matched the description well, clean, and great place to stay.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    16 Sep 2021
    What a great place! The crowd was eclectic and fun, the staff was helpful and the whole facility was very clean!
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    27 Aug 2021
    I choose this hostel because I fell in love with the pictures, unique style and that this wasn't your average hotel stay type of place. My boyfriend was mad at me for booking the place, after reading some recent negative reviews. I got scared because I didn't want him to be right and that I chose a bad place to stay, so I tried to cancel our reservation. I had booked through Hostel World though, so if I was to cancel, I wouldn't of recieved a refund. Which THANK THE LAWD that I did and that we d
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 9.4


    29 Sep 2021
    A good value, clean & safe place to sleep in downtown Chicago. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Location is close to the train & bus. Walking distance to lakeshore, Oak Street Beach and Navy Pier. I stayed in the 4-bunk room. Beds are solid & comfortable for uninterrupted sleep. Private bath was clean w/ fresh towels and hand soap provided. No kitchen. Spacious lounge space shared with the cafe & bar; lacks openness of meeting new people; space is dim and music is loud. On-site laundry & gym
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    16 Sep 2021
    This place is awesome! My only gripe is that there was nowhere to fill up a water bottle. So that's a pretty bid deal. But otherwise it was perfect.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    08 Sep 2021
    Excellent location, great atmosphere as well. I'd definitely recommend to anyone. Just found the lockers a bit small, but if you have a locker that will do the trick and just let your luggage in the room.
    Brazil, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    13 Sep 2021
    Great vibe and location. It was my first time in a shared room and it was a great experience and met so nice people. There were a couple times the staff went out of their way in regards to service. The only thing is it was difficult to get change for laundry. The change machine only takes 1s and 5s, atm only gives $20s and the hotel is cash free. I had to ask a neighboring business for change. Over all a great experience and I would love to visit again.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    29 Sep 2021
    Great place if you're on a budget. My room didn't have bath towels so I had to request them which took an hour for them just to bring it to my room. That's my only complaint. Nice location with nearby food options and shopping.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    21 Sep 2021
    Had a great stay here. Very clean, safe hostel. Can get a little loud at night with the music downstairs. But overall good. Will stay again.
    USA, Male, 41+
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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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