The first time I traveled to New York, it was also my first experience staying at a hostel. There were rooms furnished with bunk beds and starkly decorated bathrooms, shared by all guests. Needless to say, I learned first hand why hostels have a reputation for being generally affordable, but lacking in the areas of inspiration and originality.
Merging the worlds of hotels and hostels, Freehand has shattered the mold. With two locations, Miami and now Chicago, Freehand's main purpose is that it was "created for adventurers from around the world who care about exploring new cities with a local point of view and meeting interesting, like-minded people along the way."
Decorated in Freehand's signature modern, bohemian style, rooms are available in shared quads (hostel style) or private, single-bed rooms. My favorite detail? The gorgeous, handwoven pillows by local makers Herron Clothier!
Freehand Chicago also features an in house cafe, Cafe Integral, and a lounge bar, decorated in a vintage, tiki theme. The Broken Shaker , with pine needle patterned wallpaper and shelves lined with spices and nick-knacks, will most definitely give you flashbacks to the den of your grandparents' vacation home in Florida. Especially if your grandparents drank cocktails out of giant, copper pineapples.
As a creative living in Chicago, I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Freehand to the Windy City! I look forward to attending diverse events in the Freehand space, connecting with other like-minded people and learning more about this amazing new home away from home. For more information about Freehand Chicago check out their website, thefreehand.com/chicago/!