River North

River North

River North is quickly becoming the new downtown- a mix of residents, businesses, and visitors to the great Windy City. The buzzing nightlife mixes with the office headquarters of well known companies, and tourists mingle with residents as they take advantage of Chicago’s amenities.

Just north of Chicago’s Loop, River North is a perfect spot for those who don’t want a long commute if they work downtown. It is near almost every train line on the CTA, with the exception of the Yellow Line. The buildings are mostly skyscrapers equipped with condos and offices, but there are impressive homes found closer to the lake.

In Chicago’s infancy, River North’s location made it an ideal industrial district. Railroads, warehouses, and shipping vessels all crowded the area. That is a whisper of history now, as gorgeous architecture, and inventive pedestrian promenades make up the uniqueness of RIver North.

Check out some of these great gems in River North!


  • Frontera Grill
    Rick Bayless’ tacos are top notch and Chicago is lucky to have him.
  • Kinzie Chophouse
    With hand curated wine list and prime cuts, this steakhouse is underrated.
  • Havana
    Have a night out with peach Sangria and paella. Enjoy some dancing at the end.
  • Sweetgreen
    With a variety of menu options, this “fresh only” restaurant hits the spot.
  • Sunda
    Inspired takes on Southeast Asian food- from the dim sum to the sushi.


  • Golden Triangle
    Find some almost priceless artifacts and art from Asia at this elaborate shop.
  • Bettie’s Chicago
    More than just a vintage diner full of pies, you can take cooking classes too!
  • The Niche Label
    A couture mens label sporting some fine threads- casual and fancy.
  • Eataly
    This indoor Italian superstore has food stations, bars, and a market- all intermingling.
  • P.O.S.H.
    A homegoods store with a quaint mix of old and new. It’s the perfect gift shop!


  • Red Head Piano Bar
    A good wine list, cigar lounge, and a baby grand. It’s gonna be a night!
  • House of Blues
    The original has three stages and a VIP lounge for those special shows.
  • Blue Chicago
    One of downtown’s best music joints has some old school urban blues.
  • Untitled Supper Club
    From burlesque to jazzy covers of Outcast, the supper club delivers.
  • Andy’s Jazz
    This famous club hosts some of the most renowned musicians in the world.

Things to Do

  • MBC
    This museum has Bozo the Clown, Svengoolie, and SNL all under one roof!
  • Water Taxi
    Instead of ubering, take the scenic water taxi all the way to Chinatown.
  • Pinstripes
    Bowling, Bocce, and drinks along the river is great for a night out.
  • The Riverwalk
    Activities like strolling, sipping drinks, eating, biking, and boating are to be found here.
  • Oak St. Beach
    Nothing but beautiful beach and the towering beauty of the city.


  • MCA
    The Museum of Contemporary Art is impressive, and offers free Jazz in the summer.
  • DrieHaus
    This former mansion is dedicated to preserving the Gilded Age of Chicago.
  • Looking Glass Theatre
    Located in the Watertower, this troupe experiments with puppetry.
  • Poetry Foundation
    This modern center houses poetry readings, an extensive library and classes.
  • Arts Club of Chicago
    A club focusing on finely educated arts, hosting a variety of events.

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