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Freehand Chicago

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2186 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Freehand is a collection of hotels that combine the social culture of a hostel with innovative design, award winning food and beverage, and a community driven atmosphere. Each Freehand takes its cues from the surrounding neighbourhood, with spaces that are a microcosm of the best each city has to offer. Featuring a restaurant, Freehand Chicago is located in Chicago's River North neighbourhood. Free WiFi access is available. Both the John Hancock Observatory and Millennium Park are within 1 km of the hotel.

The property provides a seating area, desk and air conditioning. Linen and towels are provided as well. Select rooms include a flat-screen TV. All rooms feature a private en-suite bathroom

A 24-hour front desk welcomes guests to Freehand Chicago, which includes a shared lounge. Other amenities offered include lockers and luggage storage.

The Broken Shaker offers up signature cocktails and small bites in a relaxing and unique space. Cafe Integral serves Nicaraguan gourmet coffee and creative breakfast dishes.

The hotel is a 2-minute walk away from the Magnificent Mile and a 10-minute walk from Water Tower Chicago. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 25 km away.

Any reservation of 10 people or more per night will be considered a group with different terms and conditions. Groups reservations can only be made through our reservations team, and Generator reserves the right to cancel it otherwise.

Reviews & Ratings

2186 Total Reviews
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Sep 16, 2023
PRO: nice area, staff very kind, there's a bar and common area to relax, comfortable and nice bed with privacy thanks to the curtains. CONS:There is not a kitchen for cooking meals and there is no fridge to keep your food cold. There is a bathroom inside the room but it is without a locker and you have to share it with your room mate and that means line for using the bathroom in the morning and at night.
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Female, 25-30
Sep 11, 2023
Facility is in a superb location! Staff are good. Cleanliness is good. Each time I have resided here other patrons don't use earplugs. I do. This last time two of the ladies listened to movies until 3:00 am and I had to be out at 4:30. I was exhausted due to lack of sleep. I stayed at another hostel and it was required quiet time which was told to me upon arrival. I would definitely stay again and would recommend this hostel.
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Female, 41+
Sep 09, 2023
Nice place
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Male, 31-40


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Elevator
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Air Conditioning
    • Hot Showers
    • Dryer
    • Cable TV
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Washing Machine
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Fax Service
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • ATM
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Express check-in / out
    • Internet café
    • Late check-out
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Cafe
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi



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