Freehand Chicago

19 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL, USA
Near North Side

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17.5
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  • Rooms17
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18
  • Overall17.5
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Hotel Description

Part hotel, part hostel, the Freehand hotels pitch themselves at the tiny intersection of style and affordability. They’re not the only ones — but the reason we’re writing about them is that they manage to hit the mark. Of course, it helps when you’ve got designers of Roman and Williams’s caliber in your corner. They’re responsible for youth-market classics like the Ace Hotel New York and the Standard High Line, and here they’ve turned what used to be the Tokyo Hotel, in the River North neighborhood, into Freehand Chicago, a slightly upscale evolution of the Freehand concept.

Where the Miami version is almost pure hostel, aimed squarely at the budget end of things, Freehand Chicago adds some considerations for business travelers, albeit style-conscious and sociable ones. The rooms vary from hostel-style shared rooms on up to City View Kings and Queens, which are the rooms we’re offering for sale here.

The accommodations, of course, are only a small part of the Freehand package. This place, like its sister in Miami, is all about communal living, and even when you’re staying in a private room you’re doing plenty of mingling in the Broken Shaker, where guests and locals alike bond over craft cocktails and street food–inspired bites, or in Café Integral, which transitions seamlessly from your 6am pourover to all-day salads, toast and mixed drinks. Affordable, attractive, and highly sociable — in the end, that’s all we can really ask for.

Please note: Freehand Chicago contains both traditional hotel rooms and shared, hostel-style rooms; only the fully private hotel-style rooms are available for booking on Tablet.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 217 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby

Need to Know

Please note: The minimum check-in age is 18 years old. Pets are not allowed at Freehand Chicago. Extra beds are not available.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • LAST MINUTE ROOMS

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    Sep 23, Sep 24, Sep 25, Sep 27

  • Standard Queen

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 160 ft²/14 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street.

    This room includes:

    • Argan bath amenities
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • working desk
  • City View Queen

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 160 ft²/14 m².
    Amenities

    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • Argan bath amenities
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • working desk
  • Standard King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 200 ft²/18 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street.

    This room includes:

    • Argan bath amenities
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • working desk
  • City View King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 200 ft²/18 m².
    Amenities

    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • Argan bath amenities
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • working desk
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby

Need to Know

Please note: The minimum check-in age is 18 years old. Pets are not allowed at Freehand Chicago. Extra beds are not available.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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