The hub of downtown entertainment, full of dining, galleries, and shopping
The vibe of River North is energetic, busy, chic, and urban, yet still feels well-established, always with a new restaurant or bar to check out. The greatest benefit of living in this area is the convenience. It is close to the lake, the Loop, public transportation, and an incredible amount of entertainment options..
River North is appropriately named as it lies just north of the Chicago River, which separates it from the Loop. Surrounding areas include Gold Coast, Streeterville, the Loop, and River West. It is bordered to the north by Chicago Ave. (800 N), to the south (300 N) and west (400-600 W) by the Chicago River, and to the east by State St. (0 E/W). With so many areas close by, this location is perfect for those who want to live downtown.
Landmarks & Scenes:
This area holds claim to one of the largest collections of art galleries in the country (second only to NYC). Enjoy the views of the river and some of Chicago’s skyscrapers.
Food & Drink:
River North has it all: al fresco dining options, small, unknown bars and lounges, as well as Michelin-rated hot spots. Check out Xoco for some upscale Mexican style street food or the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s for the kids to enjoy. For a unique experience, check out Three Dots and A Dash, a tiki bar popular with locals and visitors alike. Portillo's is a Chicago staple, serving up hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more. Eataly, the expansive Italian restaurant and market, is also located in the neighborhood.
There are countless boutiques in the area that sell everything from antiques, to clothing, to furniture. Check out Merchandise Mart, a haven for interior designers and consumers alike.
Stop by Harry Caray's restaurant for a unique Chicago experience, and then hit Blue Chicago for some late-night blues.
Sports & Outdoors:
Walk along the river or take a short walk to the lakefront path and Navy Pier. The various architectural boat tours along the Chicago River are not to be missed.
Arts & Culture:
The array of art is vast, with galleries from the likes of Stephen Daiter to ECHT to Andrew Bae, there is something for everyone.
River North isn't necessarily known for its green space or community vibes, but there are still plenty of options to keep children entertained in the area.