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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
  • 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.

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 39 USD.
Shared accommodations are limited to non-Chicago residents only. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.6

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Sep 2020
    Janelle was amazing, she is devoted to making sure her guests feel as welcome as if it was her own home. It was unfortunate the Cafe was closed but other than that the experience was top notch!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    08 Jan 2021
    A comfortable room in a classical building resembling a vintage city hotel. Convenient to public transportation across the canal from the downtown loop.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    09 Nov 2020
    The place is really nice, one of the best thing that i really like were the beds, they are so so comfortable, the staff were really nice. I would definitely return without a second thought.
    Mexico, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 9.7


    07 Oct 2020
    Centrally located in the city center with a metro station on the same block to venture further out in any direction. Mature atmosphere with friendly staff and fellow travelers. Plus, cozy rooms and clean common area. I highly recommend Freehand Chicago.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    14 Aug 2020
    I’m glad one of my coworkers recommended this hostel. He also stayed at the Freehand awhile back. If I decide to return to Chicago, I’ll most definitely book another private room here. Couldn’t have asked for a better place.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    05 Oct 2020
    I had a great time at Freehand Chicago, the location is just perfect and the hostel looks exactly as the photos, highly recommended.
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    21 Aug 2020
    The dorm was VERY SMALL. After going to dinner & the store, came back to 412. I was repacking & having a great time. I’m a Senior now, & was born/raised in Chicago. Went to school @ the Art Institute, so had BIG PLANS 4 Sat. My rmmt returned moments later, there were 2 of us. It was just B4 9 PM. She went to bed. Had to turn off my music and finish my activity B4 bedtime. I told her before she slept I was disappointed, & that her actions would B in my review. Bummed.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    25 Sep 2020
    I love this place! It was in a great area. Walking distance from various restaurants, shops and public transportation. The staff was helpful and friendly. The beds were comfortable too! I think that last sentence is super important
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.6


    06 Sep 2020
    Great place and clean rooms.
    Brazil, Female, 25-30
  • 5.4


    05 Feb 2021
    The heating didn’t work in the room. The heater was working but the room couldn’t get warm. We had to sleep in our clothes. The room was unlike the photos in that the bed was built into wall. I had to climb over my daughter to get into bed. And there was a tapping sound in the walls that made it almost impossible to sleep. We checked out a night early and told the staff and they didn’t even refund the last night or want to listen to the problems we had had.
    USA, Female, 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
  • 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
  • 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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