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Freehand Chicago

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2224 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

2224 Total Reviews
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Nov 20, 2023
Wonderful stay!
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Female, 18-24
Nov 17, 2023
Staff were great and very accommodating. Rooms were aesthetic and beds were great, solid and private. Only negative is a lack of a communal kitchen or dinning area. Location is perfect and places to dine were plentiful somewhat mitigating the lack of a kitchen. There were no hostel based activities but was not expecting as much since this is mostly a hotel. They have nice tiki-ish bar on the 1st floor as well as a café that can actually pull a good shot of espresso. Highly recommend.
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Male, 41+
Nov 12, 2023
The location is excellent. You are less than 50m from Eataly (For good coffee and affordable ready-made meals) and you are a block away from the magnificent mile. The halls looked a little dodgy but the rooms were really nice for the price. The bathrooms (ensuite) were clean and the rooms were tidy and comfortable. In terms of safety, I felt at ease in these rooms. The only issue I had was the smoke/stuffy smell (Im a non-smoker) around the bar area so I preferred to go eat/ drink elsewhere. However, the s
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Female, 18-24


  • 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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