Freehand Hotel - Chicago, IL

Boutique Chicago Hotel


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Property at a Glance: Freehand Hotel

The Freehand is a just-opened boutique hotel in Chicago’s popular River North neighborhood. Locals probably know it best as the location of The Broken Shaker, an offshoot of the James Beard–nominated cocktail bar in Miami. The Windy City iteration landed on Eater Chicago’s “Where to Drink Right Now” map, thanks in part to its Cocoa Puff–infused old fashioned, and in part to its giant Jenga set.

  • Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms were created by heralded interior designers Roman and Williams.
  • Wake up with a coffee from the onsite Cafe Integral, an NYC-based coffee roaster. The café offers Nicaraguan coffee and Mesoamerican comfort food influenced by the midwest.
  • Pay-what-you-want tours of Chicago start at the hotel every Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • Within 1 mile: Michigan Avenue (a.k.a. “The Magnificent Mile”), the Hancock Building, the Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago’s River North: World-Class Art Galleries, Restaurants, and Nightlife near Downtown

Bordering the Loop on the northern side of the Chicago River, the River North neighborhood is where the skyscrapers of downtown give way to the award-winning restaurants and trendy nightspots of the North Side. Once an industrial area, River North is today home to architectural gems—the Jenga-like Contemporaine residential building on Wells Street is a good example—as well as eateries to suit every appetite and budget.

Dining options range from inventive Peruvian cuisine at Tanta Restaurant to Chicago classics such as Portillo’s. At Eataly, you could spend a full week working your way through the Italian offerings at 23 separate restaurants and food stalls.

In addition to its formidable culinary presence, River North boasts the country’s largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. Born around the same time that Jim Nutt and other Chicago Imagists rose to prominence, the River North Gallery District runs along Chicago, Superior and Huron Streets, occupying century-old, red brick warehouses that have been converted into lofts and exhibition spaces.

Amid River North’s restaurants, condos, nightclubs, and galleries, you’ll also find the leaders of Chicago’s rapidly growing tech sector. Among the companies that have offices here: Google, a gaggle of digital startups at the 1871 co-working space, and, yes, Groupon (we’re in the old Montgomery Ward building, where the mail-order catalog was born).

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard queen or standard king room
  • Dates into September

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Tours and activities concierge
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Mixology bar
  • Cafe

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Queen Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Standard King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: no onsite parking available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Midway International Airport (MDW; 13 mi) and O’Hare International Airport (ORD; 16 mi)
  • Cab fare: about $45 from MDW or $55 from ORD

Customer Reviews

(383 ratings)

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Janet K. ·
1 rating   1 review  
· May 14, 2018
Lots of room to sleep in.


1 rating   1 review  
· May 10, 2018
Hotel was adorable, in a wonderful location and clean. Only downside is the room was a little small compared to other hotels I've stayed at. Perfect size for 2 adults on a weekend getaway. Would stay again


Grace R. ·
2 ratings   1 review  
· April 30, 2018
It was intimate and clean and we liked it a lot! Very nice staff
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