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Freehand Chicago

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2110 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

2110 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Apr 22, 2023
Great hostel, amazing as soon as you walk in 2 bars and all the bartenders are happy to give you recommendations or have a yarn. My only downside was i had keycard issues multiple times and a few of the times the staff at the front desk weren't happy to help
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Male, 25-30
Apr 20, 2023
Would like a trash can in the room. The bathroom had one, but no trash can liner. Room and linens were very clean. Cafe on the first floor left much to be desired. I bought a $4.00 muffin, cashier claimed that she did not have change, so I ended up paying $5.00. Hostel should have had brochures about local tourist attractions; such as museums, art gallery, theaters (live and film), Chicago Crime Tour, boat site-seeing tour, and local restaurants.
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Female, 41+
Apr 17, 2023
Really nice hostel, especially the location is great with the red subway 2 min away. Rooms are not special but clean. The bar has also a good atmosphere.
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Female, 25-30


  • 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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