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Freehand Chicago Chicago, Illinois, United States


Chicago-inspired cocktails at Broken Shaker
Youthful feel in the heart of vibrant River North
Mid-day boosts from the Nicaraguan coffee at Café Integral



With its quirky furnishings and buzzing lobby, this Freehand outpost is a young, lively addition to the storied edifices of downtown Chicago. Extroverts will find themselves at home, as the shared rooms create a hostel-like vibe within a tasteful, boutique setting.

Queen rooms start at $93

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Not sure where to start in the Windy City? Freehand keeps a running list of shows and events happening in its immediate vicinity.


  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Visitors fill up on a hearty continental breakfast before stepping out to see what's happening in the city; meanwhile, a vintage-clad, in-the-know crowd breezes through the lobby on their way to the ever-popular roasting joint, Café Integral. Things heat up after nightfall, when the den becomes a hub for up-and-coming DJs and acoustic aficionados alike.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    The shared spaces are like elevated hostels: though they house up to eight guests (including an option for females only), they are upheld to the same standards as the private rooms, and are meticulously maintained. Individual rooms are classily kitsch, with curated decor and brushings of deep mahogany in the bathrooms.
  • Service style

    The staff is as friendly and down-to-earth as the property itself: front desk staffers are more than happy to customize itineraries for Chicago newcomers, or suggest locales to dig into the city's famed deep dish pizza.
  • Preferred room type

    For the discerning group of friends and family looking to share a space, the Penthouse is expansive and replete with multiple beds, private bathrooms, and a gaming area—for the young or the young at heart.
  • Unique property features

    Its name may suggest mistakes, but libations mixed up at the Broken Shaker are anything but. The bar is an after-hours hotspot with locals for its culinary-styled tipples like Bueller's Pistachio Mai Tai.
Area Highlights

River North

What goes on there

The vibrant River North district of Chicago is home to the highest concentration of art galleries in the nation outside of Manhattan; here, former warehouses have found hip repurposes, and emerging boutiques are delightfully ubiquitous.

Who will love it

Trendsetters and fashionable gallery girls

Where to go to feel like a local

Get your visual fill at Addington and Jean Albo. Later, try the risotto—and the eponymous tipple—at Prosecco.