Profile of Freehand Hotel Chicago
In Brief: Located in a vintage building constructed in 1927, Freehand Chicago is a Miami import. The property, located in the bustling River North neighborhood, offers private and shared guest rooms. In addition to lodging, the hotel features Integral Cafe and eclectic, Polynesian-themed cocktail lounge The Broken Shaker.
Room Rates: $39-$99 for shared; $200-$400 for private
Hotel Size: 217 rooms (80 shared; 135 private suites; two penthouses)
Phone Number: 312-940-3699
Address: 19 E. Ohio St.
About Freehand Chicago: Freehand Chicago is in part a hip hostel aimed at attracting Millenials with budget-friendly shared rooms as well as private rooms serving business-minded and leisure travelers. The bunk rooms have four lockers for guests to store valuables, a bathroom and a small sitting room. Private rooms have standard features, and all guests get complimentary wifi and breakfast.
There is a sleek, common area where guests may meet and mingle. Cafe Integral serves as a casual, all-day cafe and at night it whips up adult beverages. Adjacent is The Broken Shaker, a craft cocktail lounge with specialty drinks and share-able plates. Guests sign an agreement not to make noise or disturbances after 11 p.m.
Bars & Restaurants Near Freehand Hotel Chicago
Frontera Grill. Mexican cuisine expert Rick Bayless showcases his take on the fare at upscale-casual eatery that helped launch him to stardom.
Mercadito. Patrons will find a modern Mexican menu of cuisine and cocktails on the first level, and Double A, a "hidden" craft cocktail lounge, downstairs. 108 W. Kinzie St., 312-329-9555
Tanta. Specializing in fine Peruvian cuisine and pisco cocktails, Tanta is owned by famed Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. In addition to street food-inspired cuisine, ceviche and specialty Peruvian dishes, the restaurant offers a unique pisco spirit program. Guests may order signature pisco cocktails on tap, or a flight of infused pisco tastings.
Three Dots and a Dash. Forget everything you’ve ever known about tiki-inspired cocktails. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ upscale Polynesian pub re-invents everything from the Beachcomber to the Zombie. Guests walk through a lit-up alley on Hubbard Street and head downstairs for the action, which includes female servers in hula skirts, a lively crowd and music ranging from 1960s surfer tunes to old-school hip-hop.
Topolobampo. Situated next door to Frontera Grill is Rick Bayless’ fine-dining establishment that snagged a Michelin star five years in a row. As with Frontera Grill, reservations are hard to come by, so diners should take advantage of the experience by ordering the chef’s tasting menu, which changes monthly.
Attractions Near Freehand Hotel Chicago
Chicago's First Lady for Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruises. Chicago's First Lady offers riders a comprehensive, 90-minute guided tour of more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. All tour guides are CAF certified, and a portion of the cruise fee supports architecture education.
Explore Chicago Through Food Tours. Of note are tours for the tastebud thrill seekers, history buffs and pizza fanatics. Want to know which to choose? We’ve selected the very best around town whether you're going by foot, bus or bike.
Shops at North Bridge. The Near North shopping center located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile boasts 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and Nordstrom. Many of the stores and restaurants are not located within the main structure; they encompass seven blocks in the immediate area.
Untouchable Chicago Gangster Tours. The tour features plenty of hot spots and stories about infamous names of local gangster history. Besides John Dillinger and Al Capone, the tour features other gangsters such as "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Johnny Torrio, Bugs Moran, and Dion O'Bannion. The two-hour tour travels the city to visit various old "hoodlum haunts" and scenes of crimes such as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.