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9.6

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Exceptional location - Inside city center
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North Bridge Self Park 50 m
Crunch Fitness 60 m
Tree Studio Complex 70 m
P.O.S.H 80 m
Grand/State Subway Station 100 m
Pistachios 130 m
600 N Michigan Theaters 180 m
After-Words New and Used Books 180 m
Jazz Record Mart 180 m
Nordstrom 200 m
Nearby landmarks
The Magnificent Mile 380 m
360 Chicago Observation Deck 780 m
Cloud Gate 1.12 km
Millennium Park 1.16 km
The Art Institute of Chicago 1.45 km
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower 1.68 km
Navy Pier 1.84 km
Shedd Aquarium 2.94 km
Wrigley Field 6.64 km
Museum of Science and Industry 11.9 km
Freehand Chicago

"Cool bar and cafe on site serving delicious coffee and food, highly recommend staying here!"

Katherine - November 25, 2018

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Freehand Chicago

19 East Ohio Street, River North, Chicago (IL), United States, 60611 - See map
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Hygiene Plus
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Check-in/out [express]
Hassle-free check in
Close to The Magnificent Mile
Within 380 m of property
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  • 100 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Chicago (IL)

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

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Value for money8.8
Distance to city center0 miles
Location rating9.6
Nearest airportMidway International Airport (MDW)
Distance to airport14.9 km

Rooms available at Freehand Chicago

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Room comfort & quality
9.0
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
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Private Quad Room
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Freehand Chicago?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Freehand Chicago?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Freehand Chicago has a car park that's close to the hotel. Parking is available for a fee of 39 USD per day. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Chicago (IL) with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

What is the smoking policy at Freehand Chicago?

Freehand Chicago does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Freehand Chicago

  • 8.0
    Very good
    Location

    "The location was definitely the selling point."

    Maria

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    November 19, 2018

  • 8.4
    Excellent
    Cleanliness

    "Very clean and comfortable stay overall."

    John

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    January 16, 2019

  • 8.4
    Excellent

    "Would definitely stay here again."

    John

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    January 16, 2019

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Overall rating:
8.8
Excellent
396 reviews
Cleanliness
8.8
Facilities
8.3
Location
9.6
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What travelers say they love:
The lobby was pretty chic and comfortable, with lots of room...
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More about Freehand Chicago

More about Freehand Chicago

Opened in 2015, the Freehand Chicago guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Chicago (IL) for business or pleasure. The hotel lies from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Freehand Chicago is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Step into one of 217 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as internet access – wireless (complimentary), locker, air conditioning, heating which can be found in some rooms. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Chicago (IL), make Freehand Chicago your home away from home.

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What they offer

8.0
Very good

"Power points in our room were also strategically placed."

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

American
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Vegetarian

Restaurants on site

Broken Shaker
Cuisine:American, Local
Menu:Buffet
Cafe Integral
Cuisine:American, Local
Menu:Buffet

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Cleanliness8.8
Facilities8.3
Location9.6
Room comfort and quality9.0
Service8.8
Value for money8.8
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9.6
Exceptional
Neil from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Fantastic Hotel”

I stay at Freehand for one night after arriving in Chicago O’Hare on a 14 hour flight from South Korea. I was tired, jet lagged and needed a shower and peaceful night’s rest before catching a morning train. This place was perfect! The location is great. The staff were friendly and helpful. The style and design of Freehand is very cool and cozy. A mix of retro (1950s bedside lamp) and boho crafty eclecticism. The room was spacious. The bed...omg the bed was amazing. So comfortable! Nice bathroom with shower. There’s a cozy little cocktail lounge on the 1st floor. Room service available. A mini bar with snacks. I had a great stay and a much needed peaceful night’s sleep. The price is awesome. I’ve stayed at places twice as expensive that weren’t as nice as Freehand. Did I mention the bed? Sigh... sooo comfortable.

Reviewed November 22, 2018
9.7
Exceptional
Erwin from Philippines
Solo traveler
Bed in Quad
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Just Awesome.”

Location, cleanliness, affordability.

I had a blast at the Freehand Chicago! The location is just 5 min away from the red line subway and everything is just a walk away - the loop, magnificent mile, etc. The neighborhood is very safe, even at night. I think the photos do not give justice to the actual place. I will stay at the Freehand again if I ever go back to Chicago!

Reviewed December 07, 2015

Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded February 25, 2018
Freehand Chicago
8.8
Excellent
YAHSIN from Taiwan
Couple
Stayed 7 nights in September 2017

Great location, beautiful decor”

I stayed in Chicago for a week and I chose Freehand Chicago because I saw it was close to the Grand station on the map ( but it's not the Grand on the blue line but on the red line). Although finding the hotel for the first was a bit confusing, it went out well. The spot and the decor are both nice, but the customer service and house keeping were unstable. Sometimes the staff were friendly and helpful, sometimes they were reluctant to do their jobs. But all in all I'd still recommend this hotel to friends.

Reviewed September 21, 2017

Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded March 03, 2018
Freehand Chicago
9.2
Exceptional
Mei-Hsia from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Bed in Female Quad
Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

Exceptional”

It's an excellent hostel to stay. It's close to subways, coffee shops, and markets. It was clean and the staff are really helpful and friendly. If I have to go to Chicago again, I'll choose Freehand again. Thank you very much.

Reviewed October 23, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Karthik from India
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

Great location, good facilities”

As the title suggests, it's located downtown in River North, within walking distance to a great number of cafes, restaurants, and bars. It's also not too far from the river, and has a couple of stations close by as well. So if you're visiting Chicago, this is a sweet spot to be nestled at.

Reviewed October 13, 2018
8.8
Excellent
KONSTANTINOS from Greece
Couple
Stayed 8 nights in October 2017

Very happy with our stay. Comfy room, convenient location to Chicago downtown! ”

The room was clean and comfortable although not very large. Room amenities were sufficient although a fridge was missing. We would like the room to be cleaned in the morning and not in the afternoon. Apart from that everything was fine and our stay was enjoyable. We would definitely recommend the hotel for its value for money prices to friends and family visiting Chicago!

Reviewed October 19, 2017

Thank you for taking the time out to review your stay with us. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Our rooms are certainly on the cozier side and we do have guest refrigerators in our guest kitchen in the basement and I am sorry to hear that you were not advised of that. I will certainly coach our team on that. Thank you for the kind words and we do hope to see that you and your friends and family here in the future. Have a great day!

Responded October 20, 2017
Freehand Chicago
9.6
Exceptional
CHAO from China
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

Great place for traveller”

Location is great, 2 blocks to Michigan Ave, not far from metro and bus. Room is small, but you got everything you need, a small sofa in room, restroom shared with others in same room. Everyday housekeeping will replace bath towels and clean room. Decent breakfast, you don't need worry there is no food if late, the staff there will add food, also wash dishes for you. definitely will choose again on next trip to Chicago. :)

Reviewed September 28, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Kaitlin from Canada
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2020

Ideal home base for solo female travellers”

Comfy, clean and secure rooms in an ideal location. The variety of room options can accommodate your needs, whether you want to meet people in a dorm or relax quietly in a private room. The dorms have lockers large enough to fit my 40L backpack and privacy curtains on the bunks. The staff were super friendly and helpful. And the location is perfect for exploring downtown Chicago.

Reviewed February 12, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Kaitlin. We appreciate your feedback. We look forward to you staying with us again.

Responded April 24, 2020
Freehand Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Alexander from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in December 2018

Best hostel experience I’ve ever had”

The location is perfect, near everything, the staff are incredible, front desk always manned, coffee downstairs is some of the best in Chicago, awesome events every night, washing, cooking and laundering facilities all great. Gym is great as well as the bar/restaurant downstairs would have to be some of the best food and drinks I’ve had in the states. And all this for $30 a night? Fortunately this wasn’t too good to be true...I’ll be back time and time again.

Reviewed December 21, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Sean from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

Very convenient location - Great bar!”

Had a lovely stay here - the room was compact, but perfect for two and the bathroom was more spacious. Our only complaint was the very charming, but VERY slow elevators, as we were on the 15th floor. Having coffee in the lobby and a bar downstairs was great for chilly Chicago winters!

Reviewed March 03, 2019
8.4
Excellent
YU from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2020

A good place to stay for traveling alone.”

I booked a 4-beds shared female room. It’s really clean and it’s so nice to have a private bathroom in it. The bed is cozy, but the space can only allow one person to open the luggage at once. Does not have much common area, especially the First floor becomes a bar at night. luckily it’s not too noisy. Close to Grand on red line. Grocery store (Trader Joe’s) and lots restaurants (Italian, Mexican, deep dish pizza...) nearby. Have to change line if you are going to the airports and Union Station. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery, and 360 CHICAGO are in walking distance.

Reviewed January 23, 2020

Thank you for choosing Freehand Chicago . We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please come visit us as soon as you can! Stay Safe!

Responded May 17, 2020
Freehand Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Meilanny from United States
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

a downtown gem”

A walking distance to enjoy downtown, value to your pocket compared to others, a unique stay with creatively design room. Definitely will return if I should need be in Chicago downtown.

Reviewed November 04, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Kara from Switzerland
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in March 2020

Great beds!”

The bed and bedding were really cozy, and I appreciate the privacy curtain. There was plenty of room for carry ons in our four-bunk room. The lobby was pretty chic and comfortable, with lots of room to hang out. I was impressed with how nice Freehand was considering the reasonable rates. I will definitely come back.

Reviewed March 15, 2020

thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us Kara! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to you staying with us again at The Freehand!

Responded April 23, 2020
Freehand Chicago
8.8
Excellent
Kaitlyn from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Great location, price and room”

I think that for the amount of space that is in the room, Freehand makes the most of it. I was a bit weary of staying in a hostel, but after my stay, I will be sure to look for a Freehand location before a hotel!

Reviewed August 25, 2018

Hello Kaitlyn, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you found the location and price to be exceptional. I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded August 28, 2018
Freehand Chicago
9.2
Exceptional
Wai from Hong Kong
Business traveler
Stayed 5 nights in July 2018

Overall is just great”

Excellent location, nice interior design, handy coffee and food at Integral café, I had a very wonderful here. will recommend everyone who visits Chicago!

Reviewed July 23, 2018

Hello Wai, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you enjoyed Café Integral. I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded August 01, 2018
Freehand Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
IN from South Korea
Solo traveler
Stayed 5 nights in July 2017

Great stay.”

Location, food, staff, everything was fine. But carpet was a little dirty. However if I visit Chicago again, I'll stay here.

Reviewed December 08, 2017

Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded March 03, 2018
Freehand Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Sylvain from Canada
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

Excellent!”

Very nice place. The better choice at Chicago.

Reviewed September 18, 2018
8.0
Excellent
Ong from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in Quad
Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

Chicago ”

The hotel is so near to the metro that it was so convenient to travel on Chicago train as the extensive transport system will be bring around the city within easy reach. The hotel was near the Magnificent Miles and major centre for shopping and seeing the sight. It was an enjoyable time.

Reviewed March 15, 2017

Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded March 03, 2018
Freehand Chicago
10.0
Exceptional
Krittika from Thailand
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in May 2019

Worth your money”

One of the most recommended hotels in downtown Chicago

Reviewed May 22, 2019
8.0
Excellent
Jason from Australia
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

Nice place and nice staff”

Central spot north of the river. I thought it was going to be a bit different from a normal hotel given it has dorm rooms somewhere in the building. But I was very happy with the room which was excellent and I had a great stay.

Reviewed May 21, 2018

Hello Jason, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you found the staf to be helpful. I am also glad you enjoyed the room and I hope we can see you back again very soon.

Responded May 25, 2018
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