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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 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 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    23 Oct 2021
    My stay was great. The staff all very helpful, I came in early and I was still able to check in. I also wanted to continue to explore the city on my checkout day and was able to leave my luggage with them at the frond desk until I was ready to go to the airport. The rooms were cleaned daily and pretty quiet. There are two plugs and a reading light for each bunk if you are staying in a shared room. Each person gets their own locker. I will be staying here again on my next trip to Chicago
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 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
  • 9.7


    14 Nov 2021
    Beautiful building, Nice interior Design, very comfy beds. Personal at the Front Desk were so Nice.
    Colombia, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    11 Nov 2021
    The hostel has an increíble location in Downtown Chicago. Close to many attractions and restaurants. I stayed in a private room and it was perfect for 2 people. Very cozy and had everything we need it for our stay. The bar seem very cool, but I didn't have enough time to try their drink. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Definitely will recommend it.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    27 Oct 2021
    I recommend this place, the location is great, very clean and the staff is really nice
    Costa Rica, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    31 Oct 2021
    Great place to stay in Chicago!
    Mexico, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    18 Oct 2021
    We stayed for 3 nights, and nobody came to clean the room. I mean we needed just to empty the trash can.
    Italy, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    02 Oct 2021
    What a great place to stay, for any traveler! Also, a great place to stay for leisure and business! The atmosphere is chic but not pretentious; the staff are all relatively friendly, especially Amanda at the front desk and KD in maintenance. The facilities are nice with a 24hr lobby, gym, and laundry. There is a café for breakfast and a bar at night. It’s located 1hr from the airport and walking distance to so much! The only downside is the kitchen is closed due to covid so please call.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 2.0


    25 Nov 2021
    Staff is horrible and awful He is too rude and he didnt hear what i say I dont want to come this hostel again It is the worst hostel He ignore everything what i say
    South Korea, Female, 18-24
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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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