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By a verified traveler on Sat 08 May 2021

Hotel Description

3.5-star Art Deco hotel near Chinese Consulate

City center stay

You'll be steps from Chinese Consulate and within a 10-minute walk of Holy Name Cathedral with a stay at this River North hotel. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Museum of Contemporary Art are also within half a mile (1 km).

Renovated in 2015

This hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Business travelers can take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas. Self parking, a coffee shop, and a snack bar/deli are also offered.

Free WiFi, luxe bedding

The 215 guestrooms offer free WiFi, room service, and premium bedding. Rainfall showerheads, hair dryers, and safes are also available.

Classic Queen Room (Private)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$94* Per night/room May 18 - May 19

Private Quadruple Room, 4 Twin Beds

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Premium Private Quadruple Room, 4 Twin Beds

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Co-Ed Dorm with 4 Beds)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Signature Penthouse, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, City View

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Female Dorm with 4 Beds)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Freehand Chicago ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Freehand Chicago

Everyone (11) Couples (2) Family (4)
5 out of 5
Comfortable, laid back, cozy atmosphere.

Posted by on May 8, 2021

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May 10, 2021 by Amanda A

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! Please visit us again this summer! Please take care!

5 out of 5

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021

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May 2, 2021 by Amanda A

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself! Please visit us again soon! Please take care!

4 out of 5
I wish their food services were up and running again, they look amazing! Darn the Covid, lol. The carpeted floors looked dirty and many stains on bed curtains and the bath which created questionable cleanliness.( Bleach stains would look better bc at least it’d be clean)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021

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Feb 28, 2021 by JD

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! We have addressed your concerns with our staff. We look forward to your next stay with us, hopefully, you will be able to enjoy more of our usual amenities! Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns, there is someone here 24 hrs for updates. Janelle Assistant Front Office Manager Freehand Chicago

4 out of 5
Pros: Great location, rooms are clean and quiet. Cons: The rooms and hallways are tiny. At checkout time it's tough to get an elevator because they are small and slow.

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020

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Feb 26, 2020 by JD

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

5 out of 5
The hotel was in a great location and had a nice lounge area. Our room was very interesting in that it was 2 bunk beds which appealed to my 3 children. It was 215 sq feet which ultimately was not a problem however the price seemed higher than most traditional hotel rooms. We did require for one of our comforters to be replaced and I had to call again and it still took quite awhile after that. Overall I liked the hotel, and would recommend it even though it did not appeal to all of my usual criteria.

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020

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Feb 4, 2020 by JD

We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at The Freehand Chicago. We look forward to you all staying with us again and appreciate all of your feedback.

1 out of 5
D Hotel staff rude .Does NOT care about guest . oes NOT accept Chicago residents . - but does NOT mention it ?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019

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Dec 19, 2019 by JD

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we will be addressing your concerns.

4 out of 5
It was eclectic. Busy and a little cramped. Overall a "hostel" feel to it. I would have preferred more light in the bar/communal area.

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019

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Oct 24, 2019 by JD

Thank you for sharing your experience at The Freehand.

1 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 29, 2019

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Oct 24, 2019 by JD

Thank you for staying with us at The Freehand

5 out of 5
It was all good, I had no issues. Would come back again.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019

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Oct 24, 2019 by JD

Happy you enjoyed your stay , thank you for staying with us at The Freehand.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019

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Aug 8, 2019 by Mary

Thank you for staying with us!

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. A 24-hour fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Freehand Chicago. For a fee, parking is available. A complete renovation of Freehand Chicago was completed in May 2015. This Art Deco Chicago hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 215 guestrooms or units
  • 17 levels
  • Built in 1927
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) (28.6 km / 17.8 mi)
  • Train station: Millennium Station (1.5 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Metro station: Grand Station (Red Line) (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Freehand Chicago offers 215 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and hair dryers. Beds feature premium bedding. This Chicago hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

Broken Shaker - This cocktail bar specializes in local cuisine. Happy hour is offered.

Cafe Integral - This café serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests booking the Standard Shared Dormitory rooms are only booking 1 bed per person, per night.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 1 year old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted

Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted; guests whose residence is within the same city as the property will not be allowed to check in

Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Guests are limited to booking a maximum of 14 days in a 12 month period in our shared accommodation room types.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within the same city as the property will not be allowed to check in. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas. Contactless check-out is available. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • UnionPay
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 4 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 39.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Up to 3 children 1 year old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.