To the right is the hotel’s reception, with a mosaic-tiled background – it's like they set up the Instagram capture just for you. Potted succulents line the windowsill, just above an over-sized, inviting couch, which offers travelers a respite from life on the road. If first impressions tell a story of any hotel, then Freehand Chicago’s story is one of friendly comfort in a thoughtful setting, deeply exuding the flavor and culture of Chicago.

To the left of reception is Café Integral, a coffee bar concept ideated and developed by Nicaraguan coffee entrepreneur César Vega. The menu is comprised of coffee classics and small bites by day, and artisanal coffee cocktails by night, with special recipes nodding to Vega’s Latin American roots and Miami upbringing. Tagged: Living Room, Pendant Lighting, and Table Lighting.  Photo 2 of 6 in A Former Chicago Mafia Haunt Reborn as a Hotel