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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-2707
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 02/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 02/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#11 of 135 in Chicago
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4.7
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4.1
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4.1
Value
4.0
Freehand Chicago, located just 2 blocks from Michigan Avenue in the heart of River North, offers comfortable accommodations and great dining all in a building featuring the designs of renowned firm Roman & Williams. Our hotel features queen and king bedded rooms as well as rooms featuring 2 sets of bunk beds (4 twin beds in total), and two Penthouse Suites in a historic building. We have a coffee shop, Café Integral, as well as an award-winning cocktail bar, Broken Shaker.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Business Center with Internet Access
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
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Restaurant
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
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Self-serve laundry
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Michael D wrote a review Jun 20
Birmingham, United Kingdom87 contributions75 helpful votes
Had two nights here, it’s very easy to get to and convenient. Rooms are very loud, a little small, but fine otherwise. Shower was good, our room was mostly clean- but not perfect. They play music quite a bit outside and downstairs, nice communal ground floor and reception service
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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David K wrote a review Jun 7
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If your room is next to an elevator stay somewhere else, trust me. If you need something from the front desk, forget it. My room had dirty sheets, a broken sink, a broken tv, and the elevator kept me up all night. If you try and get help, the manager will talk over you and raise her voice at you
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Tara M wrote a review Jun 7
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It's a great location and cozy room with a working TV and bathroom, but my room was never cleaned over a 3 night stay, despite asking twice one day and again the next. There are no USB outlets, only regular outlets. No lotion or fridge, just the bare minimum, which is fine, but the staff should have responded to my repeated requests for a room cleaning at least once during the stay.
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sarakate2022 wrote a review Jun 6
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When you read "hostel" you don't necessarily think of staff behind exceptionally friendly, welcoming, and helpful. However, that's exactly what we found at Freehand Chicago. The room (king) was small but very clean and nicely furnished. The building is eclectic and fun. The location is awesome. The staff are truly the best highlight though. From check in to check out, they were among the best staff I've encountered anywhere (including "nicer" hotels). I would stay there again anytime I could!
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tmreed96 wrote a review Jun 6
St. Petersburg, Florida10 contributions2 helpful votes
The only reason we booked a room here was because we couldn't find any other rooms close to downtown. Everything was booked. This 218 sq ft double bunk bed room cost 650 for one night. Go elsewhere if you can. Other than the outrageous price and super small room, it was nice. The room was clean and the staff was very nice.
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clemensklinke wrote a review Jun 1
Bremen, Germany1 contribution1 helpful vote
I stayed at the Freehand to attend a conference. I stayed in the 4 bed dorm. It was quite clean, unfortunately the bathroom door could not be locked. My roommates were very nice so that was not a problem at all, but I could imagine it being uncomfortable for some people. Other than that the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly.
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sfer12 wrote a review May 2022
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I enjoyed the stay at Freehand.Rooms are comfy,clean and the decoration is modern too.Very convenient location .Close to hotels, supermarkets and trendy stores too. My only complain is that there is not a coffee maker in the room.
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kaelybernadette wrote a review May 2022
Boston, Massachusetts21 contributions21 helpful votes
We got a private quad for 3 of us and it was great. The room was generally small, but the bathroom was beautiful and spacious. Sleeping on bunk beds was fun and unique and our room had a great view of the city. Freehand is in a prime location and it was the perfect spot for us to keep our things safely, sleep, and shower between all of our activities. Definitely recommend and I hope to stay again!
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hsamoud wrote a review May 2022
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i would not recommend the freehand Chicago, i had a bad experience, terrible bed quality, i didn't get fresh towels for 4 days, no house keeping, and above all bugs in the room one i killed and woke up with a bug bite in the morning on my knee.
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llevine2022 wrote a review May 2022
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This facility should not be listed as a hotel; it should be listed as a Hostel. There are little to no amenities, the rooms are ridiculously small; the bed is very low to the ground, no coffee service, minimal food service, it's not very clean, it's very old and the decorations childish. The rooms are tiny almost to the point where you can't move around. Perhaps this should be designated as a place for traveling young people that have no expectations, but for a business person or anyone with higher expectations, this is a waste of time. And, it's not cheap!
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PRICE RANGE
$110 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Near North Side
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Freehand Chicago
Which popular attractions are close to Freehand Chicago?
Nearby attractions include The Magnificent Mile (0.2 miles), The Escape Game Chicago (0.09 miles), and EscapeHouse Chicago (0.10 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Freehand Chicago?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Freehand Chicago?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Freehand Chicago?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Freehand Chicago?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Capital Grille, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, and Eddie V's Prime Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Freehand Chicago?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Freehand Chicago located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Chicago.
Are any cleaning services offered at Freehand Chicago?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Freehand Chicago?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Garfield Park Conservatory (4.7 miles), The Rookery Building (0.9 miles), and Macy's on State Street (0.6 miles).
Is Freehand Chicago accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.