28 May - Freehand Chicago is Open!
A couple of years ago we set out on a journey to transform a Chicago landmark that once towered over the eclectic River North neighborhood. The Tokyo Hotel was commonly referred to as a “cheap stay in the heart of downtown Chicago” and was a pit stop for backpackers and adventure seekers alike. We acknowledged the history of the hotel, albeit a humble one, and decided to layer on top of that history, rather than erasing it. Built in 1927, a time leading up to the Great Depression and a transitional period in the country, the hotel has a slightly checkered past and embraces an honest Americana history of real people and real situations. As the second location for The Freehand, our plan was to reinvigorate this “noir” hotel and create a new sense of activation. After months of heavy lifting, and restoration Freehand Chicago is now open! We invite you to take a peek inside our humble outpost, to indulge in a midday meal at Café Integral, or to end your evening with a nightcap at The Broken Shaker. Wherever your travels take you this summer, stop by Freehand Chicago and give us a big Chi-town welcome