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  • Drink this: Chicago Politics is a smooth sweet-and-spiced mix

    Chicago Tribune

    Drink this: Chicago Politics is a smooth sweet-and-spiced mix

    The Freehand Chicago hotel, which opened June 1, offers and eclectic place to eavesdrop and try new flavors. An octopus smiles down from the wall of its bar, The Broken...

  • Why Locals Love Freehand’s 27 Restaurant

    Ocean Drive

    Why Locals Love Freehand’s 27 Restaurant

    Artisanal food and cocktails have made 27, at the city’s premium Freehand Miami, a hit. ...

  • The Broken Shaker Is a Bar Straight Out of Miami

    Chicago Magazine

    The Broken Shaker Is a Bar Straight Out of Miami

    The Broken Shaker (Freehand Hotel, 19 E. Ohio St., River North, 312-940-3699) has that kind of worldly, mysterious vibe you like to see in a hotel bar in the middle...

  • The Eater Chicago Heatmap: Where to Drink Now, June 2015

    Eater

    The Eater Chicago Heatmap: Where to Drink Now, June 2015

    Miami’s James Beard-nominated hotspot brings versions of its delicious culinary-focused cocktail program to a cozy clubhouse-feeling room in the back of the new Freehand hostel, where the Tokyo Hotel stood...

  • Go Inside the Freehand, Chicago’s New Hotel/Hostel

    Chicago Magazine

    Go Inside the Freehand, Chicago’s New Hotel/Hostel

    We though your hostel-crashing days were long over, until we laid eyes on Chicago’s newest accommodation, the 217-room Freehand Chicago, opened earlier this month in River North’s former Tokyo Hotel...

  • The Rise of the Boutique Hostel in the U.S.

    Condé Nast Traveler

    The Rise of the Boutique Hostel in the U.S.

    Earlier this month, Chicago welcomed The Freehand, a new “hotel-hostel” in the River North neighborhood. The 217 rooms are a mix of shared and private, including two penthouse suites, giving...

  • Room at the Bar

    Travel + Leisure

    Room at the Bar

    The concept of making the bar the backbone of a hotel was pioneered by Miami’s Freehand Hostel, where the Broken Shaker quickly became the city’s hottest hangout when it opened,...

  • Boutique Bohemian: High-End Hostels Come to America

    The Wall Street Journal

    Boutique Bohemian: High-End Hostels Come to America

    Some investors are betting the next big market in hospitality will be the scruffy, cost-conscious backpacking crowd. ...

  • Miami-Imported Freehand Hotel and Cocktail Bar Broken Shaker Soft Opens in River North

    Eater

    Miami-Imported Freehand Hotel and Cocktail Bar Broken Shaker Soft Opens in River North

    Take a photo tour and read the menus for the “hipster hostel” and second location of the James Beard-nominated cocktail bar on Ohio Street. ...

  • Chicago’s New Freehand Hotel & Hostel Officially Opens June 1

    Curbed

    Chicago’s New Freehand Hotel & Hostel Officially Opens June 1

    As summer approaches, a whole slew of new hotels are gearing up for Chicago’s big tourism and convention season. And while many of the latest entires to Chicago’s burgeoning hotel...

  • A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago

    Cool Hunting

    A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago

    The Freehand Miami made waves when it first opened in 2012. The laid-back boutique hostel stuck out in the South Beach hotel scene, saturated with extravagant but oftentimes uniform options. ...

  • A Laid-Back Alternative to Miami Hot Spots

    T Magazine

    A Laid-Back Alternative to Miami Hot Spots

    The team behind the bohemian Freehand hostel and its tree- lined Broken Shaker courtyard bar have taken over a neighbor- ing property, converting a Miami Beach house into 27 restaurant. ...

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