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Welcome To River North

Just across the Chicago River from the Loop, River North is an urban neighborhood where you'll find a well-established center for the art community brimming with galleries, production companies, photography studios and interior design businesses, as well as some of Chicago's most famous architecture. For instance, the iconic Wrigley Building anchors the southern tip of River North with its striking, white terra-cotta exterior and ornate, upper-level stone work. A newer addition to the neighborhood, the Trump Hotel & Tower serves as a culinary site as well as the home to some of the most gorgeous condos in the city. Marina City, more aptly known as the Corn Cob Towers, was a pioneering innovation when it was constructed in the 1960s. It combined living space and convenient services into a mini-city contained within the complex a concept regularly incorporated in today's modern developments.

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River North Facts

Location: Directly north of the Loop
Boundaries: Michigan Avenue to the east, the Chicago River to the south, the Chicago River North Branch to the west and Chicago Avenue to the north
Bordering Neighborhoods: The Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Near North, River West
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Then and Now

In the mid-1800s the Chicago railroad system reached the north branch of the Chicago River. With the expansion of the railroad came an influx of activity to the Near North Side. By the late 1800s, the north bank of the Chicago River was a highly industrialized area and home to a community of Irish and Sicilian immigrants. The section of town suffered from terrible industrial pollution, leading to its nickname—'Smokey Hollow.'

Following its industrial boom, River North went through a major transformation. In the wake of World War II, manufacturing slumped and many of the once-bustling factories were converted into dormant storerooms and warehouses. The result was a warehouse district that lasted until the 1970s, when the need for warehouses faded almost entirely. After the mass of storehouses and stockrooms were shut down, the neighborhood was left with a bunch of vacant buildings that were no longer useful.

Fortunately, the large, open layouts of the abandoned structures seemed a perfect fit for creative needs. The abundance of empty warehouse space drew artists, writers and architects to the area in search of studios and lofts. Today, River North maintains its status as an art center for the city due to its population of artistically talented residents and growing number of gallery showrooms.

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Art and Architecture

Changing Chicago's skyline forever, the Trump International Hotel & Tower (401 N Wabash Ave, 312-588-8000) is a 92-story glass skyscraper that was completed in 2008. Mega real estate mogul Donald Trump is the mastermind behind this $75 million venture that added 472 luxury condos, 286 five-star hotel guest rooms and 90,000 square feet of riverfront retail and restaurant space to the River North neighborhood. Reminiscent of the construction of the Sears Tower, Trump Tower has multiple tiers that narrow as the floors ascend. While much taller than the Chicago Sun-Times building that was formerly at this site, the tower's reflective glass-curtain facade is meant to discretely merge the building with the sky and river, reducing its appearance to fit the city landscape.

A Chicago landmark you may be familiar with is the world-famous Wrigley Building (400 N Michigan Ave, 312-923-8080). Constructed in the 1920s, the long-standing corporate headquarters of the chewing gum empire on Michigan Avenue is a celebrated Chicago site that has attracted millions of curious visitors to River North. The white terra-cotta facade, intricate exterior ornamentation and lofty two-story clock make the Wrigley Building one of Chicago's most striking architectural achievements.

Another oldie but goodie of Chicago architecture in River North is the Holy Name Cathedral (730 N Wabash Ave, 312-787-8040), the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. It's hard to miss this beautiful example of Gothic Revival style as it stands out among its neighboring contemporary office and residential buildings along State Street. Built in 1875, the cathedral replaced the previous church which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871. The interior is impressive with grand, arching ceilings, dramatic religious artwork and intricate stained-glass windows. If you look upwards over the altar you will see a handful of tasseled, wide-brimmed red hats attached to the rafters—it is tradition to raise the 'galeros' of deceased cardinals to a spot above the church's congregation where they are to stay forever.

As Chicago's primary art district, collectors and appreciators will discover incredible galleries, antique shops and interior design boutiques concentrated near the Superior, Huron and Wells intersection of the River North neighborhood. The individual galleries are all unique, exhibiting different styles of artwork from all over the world. The Andrew Bae Gallery (300 W Superior St, 312-335-8601) presents modern pieces from Asian cultures. Gruen Galleries (226 W Superior St, 312-337-6262) features European sculptures and paintings. A number of antique dealers and a wide selection of businesses that specialize in home furnishings and decor have also set up shop here in River North over the years.

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River North Real Estate

You won't find too many single-family homes in River North but if having a loft on the umpteenth floor is your idea of living the high life, this may be the neighborhood for you. Towering skyscrapers and mid-rise apartment buildings are home to most River North residents. Among the newer condominiums and residential developments are classic structures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that have been rehabbed to meet modern day living standards. Plus, many of the old warehouses that weren't already occupied by artists have been renovated into trendy, upscale lofts.

Two of Chicago's most notable apartment buildings are located in River North on State Street. Marina City (300 N State St, 312-527-4460) is a condominium complex with twin 60-story towers—often referred to as the 'Corncob Towers' for their unusual cylindrical shapes that resemble two stripped ears of corn. Built in the 1960s by Bertrand Goldberg, Marina City was an experimental development at the time because it offered all the amenities of a mini-city under one roof: grocery store, cleaners, bank, restaurants, movie rental and bowling lanes. The buildings' unique look has made them famous in movies, commercials, album covers and more.

Check out our River North home sales statistics here to get an idea of the real estate market trends in this neighborhood.

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What's On The Menu?

Besides an abundance of art galleries, there's another thing this neighborhood has a lot of—restaurants. The mixture of original Chicago eateries, familiar chains and fusion restaurants will impress any epicure.

Sample your way through specialty Spanish tapas and a large jug of sangria at Café Iberico (737 N LaSalle Dr, 312-573-1510). The lively, crowded space is perfect for groups. The appetizer-size dishes here are made for sharing and the classic Spanish background music creates a festive ambiance. Just be mindful of the sangria—it's tasty and it's strong.

Not sure what you feel like eating tonight? With cuisine that blends Asian and Latin fare, stylish Sushi Samba Rio (504 N Wells St, 312-595-2300) might be just the spot to satisfy your appetite. Mixing traditional Japanese and South American dishes—with bilingual names to match—can make ordering a learning experience. Until a recent visit, we had no idea what 'Moqueca Mista' was. Now, the next time we crave squid, shrimp, crayfish and bacalhau with roasted cashews, coconut milk, dende oil and chimichurri rice—we know exactly where to go.

Sink your teeth into a 22-ounce New York strip steak or crack open an Alaskan snow crab claw at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E Grand Ave, 312-379-5637). This River North outpost of a famous Miami spot serves up big portions from their extensive menu of surf and turf that also includes a delectable dessert section. By the way, Joe's key lime pie is incredible.

Just want to focus on that steak? Kinzie Chop House (400 N Wells St, 312-822-0191) is at the top of the list as many Chicago locals' favorite place for a steak dinner. Set in a cozy, yet elegant dining room, Kinzie's stands out for its high-quality dishes and amazing service. We are particularly enamored with the award-winning wine selection that offers just the right complement for our mouthwatering flat iron 'Kinzie Cut' steak.

One of the city's most legendary restaurants is actually below street level. Billy Goat Tavern (430 N Michigan Ave, 312-222-1525) is famous for its 'cheezborgers' which have received the thumbs-up from local food critics and, since it opened, has seen a steady stream of journalist patrons whose bylines and articles hang on the walls (the Tribune Tower is across the street).

But across the country, this dive shot to fame as John Belushi's inspiration for the classic Saturday Night Live skit where the short-order cook continuously shouts out 'Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No Coke, Pepsi ' at every customer who walks through the door.

A simple sign with an arrow pointing down a staircase is the only indication of the clandestine tavern's existence until you descend to Lower Michigan Avenue, where neon lights show you the way inside. Sought out by both resident Chicagoans and out-of-town travelers, the Billy Goat attracts a mix of people all ordering the same thing—you guessed it—cheezborgers.

Known more for its name and electric guitar logo than its food, the Hard Rock Café (63 W Ontario St, 312-943-2252) draws mostly T-shirt-buying tourists to its River North location. But the food isn't half bad, and the dining room—sporting an eclectic collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia—still fills up on weekends. So if you're craving a Joe Perry's 'Rock Your World' quesadilla, Mad Anthony's grilled skirt steak or a Stormy Blue burger, we suggest making a reservation online 24 hours in advance.

Another hotspot for visitors and families from Chicago suburbs is a wacky diner where costume-wearing waitresses talk back and shake their booties up on the countertops. The purposefully wild atmosphere at Ed Debevic's (640 N Wells St, 312-664-1707) is an especially huge hit with children, but we think the servers' crazy antics are appreciated by 'kids' of all ages. Just make sure to clean your plate—or you'll have flashbacks to your younger days as the waitress grabs your fork and 'airplanes' that last bite into your mouth.

No Chicago neighborhood can get away without a pizza place or two, and in River North there are several. Giordano's (730 N Rush St, 312-951-0747) serves up some of Chicago's best stuffed pizza—our favorite is the Special filled with green peppers, sausage, onions and mushroom, and topped with a zesty tomato sauce. The pizza is so thick it takes about 30 minutes to cook (as a note at the bottom of menu informs you). But we're willing to let our mouths water for a half-hour in order to get a taste of this traditional Chicago specialty.

Other beloved stuffed pizza joints in this Chicago neighborhood include Pizzeria Uno (29 E Ohio St, 312-321-1000), sister joint Pizzeria Due (619 N Wabash Ave, 312-943-2400), and Gino's East of Chicago (633 N Wells St, 312-943-1124)—to name a few.

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Night on the Town

This side of the river rocks nightly at the House of Blues (329 N Dearborn St, 312-923-2000). This legendary music club draws local residents and out-of-towners with its lineup of blues, country, jazz, rock, Latin, alternative and any other genre you can think of.

The main music hall hosts performances by the best of the best like B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Etta James. A second, separate stage is part of the Back Room, where people can enjoy live tunes while getting a bite to eat or a drink at the bar.

Besides the music, the art here is worth a look alone—the walls (even in the bathroom) are decorated with a massive collection of American folk art. For a different sort of scene, the Redhead Piano Bar (16 W Ontario St, 312-640-1000) is a treasured River North entertainment destination. Join the patrons singing along with the piano man, or hang back and simply enjoy an evening of classic 'oldies' and timeless tunes.

For a little less singing and a lot more dancing, knock back a cocktail and hit the dance floor for some extreme after-hours fun at hip Chicago hotspots the multi-venue Castle Chicago (632 N Dearborn St, 312-266-1944) and Sound-Bar (226 W Ontario St, 312-787-4480), popular stops for late-night clubbing.

As you might expect from a place called the Sound Bar, the audio system here is top-notch. With three DJ booths and state-of-the-art sound, this place is hopping all night long with some serious bumping and grinding. Despite its medieval exterior, Castle is all the rage for the here-and-now crowds. Housing several different nightclubs, lounges and bars—all with their own music and atmosphere—we like to jump from one party scene to the next simply by scaling a staircase.

As much as we love a wild night out, there are evenings where a quiet (meaning no thumping base-heavy music) drink at the bar is better suiting. On those occasions, there are all kinds of River North bars, taverns and lounges to choose from.

How about a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub? Then, step into the Brehon Pub (731 N Wells St, 312-642-1071) and grab a spot at the bar for Guinness and other authentic Irish brews. A customary family coat-of-arms hangs above the entrance of the Brehon Pub, established in 1980 by a couple of Irish-American brothers. Set in a post-Great Fire historic building, you'll see the original tin ceiling when you tip your glass up and tilt your head back to finish that last drop of beer.

If you like that old-fashioned feel, the Green Door Tavern (678 N Orleans St, 312-664-5496) has been around since 1921, housed in a rare wood structure built after the Great Fire of 1871 but before strict city ordinances banned the use of wood building materials. Green Door clientele appreciate the bar's aged character, which includes slanted doorways and cracks running along the walls. We don't mind a few imperfections as long as the beer is cold and the taps still work.

Fun for a gathering with close friends, Clark Street Ale House (742 N Clark St, 312-642-9253) is a cozy neighborhood bar known for its large selection of mircobrews on tap and bottled. Once temperatures get above 65, the Ale House moves it outside to their patio beer garden which draws sun-loving beer-drinkers from around the city—and we're right there with them.

When we want to step it up a notch, this Chicago neighborhood has some upscale, swanky locales that warrant high heels and a dress shirt. Slightly more low-key, is a subterranean nightspot called none other than The Underground (56 W Illinois St, 312-644-7600). The bar's grand opening was preceded by a secretive campaign headed up with YouTube Internet ads and an undisclosed location very mysterious. But now that the Underground is out in the open, Chicagoans descend the steps to this after-hours bomb shelter-like lounge and nightclub where the drink specials have names such as Espionage and M16.

Live entertainment can really spice up the evening—especially when it's a stage full of burlesque female impersonators. That's the shtick at the Baton Show Lounge (436 N Clark St, 312-644-5269), known for its Vegas-style review of showbiz's famous actresses and singers like Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Cher, complete with feathers, makeup, wigs and stilettos. We have to admit, it's hard to tell some of these lovely ladies are actually men, but that's part of the humorous attraction to this raunchy, laugh-out-loud performance.

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Best Shopping Stops

Bound by the Magnificent Mile along the eastern edge and Merchandise Mart on the southwest corner, River North will satisfy serious shop-aholics and casual window-shoppers alike.

Multi-story malls and flagship stores line Michigan Avenue along the strip better known as the Magnificent Mile. On weekends the stores and sidewalks are quite congested as both tourists and Chicagoans flock to this shopping mecca. Anyone who's shopped the Mag Mile before is probably familiar with the Saks Fifth Avenue department store (700 N Michigan Ave, 312-799-5211). If a stop there doesn't fill your shopping bag, venture down Michigan Avenue to The Body Shop (835 N Michigan Ave, 312-573-2781) and the Chicago Fur Mart (645 N Michigan Ave, 312-951-5000).

Multi-level retail centers are virtually one-stop shops and essential for Chicago's cold-weather shopping excursions, so we're lucky we have a few within blocks of each other. Westfield North Bridge (520 N Michigan Ave, 312-327-2300) is a few blocks down the street from Chicago Place. Just head for the soaring glass-windowed Nordstrom building (55 E Grand Ave, 312-464-1515) and you'll discover a sprawling mall beyond its doors. Four floors and nearly nine blocks of brand name designers and upscale clothing retailers like Ann Taylor (312-587-8301), Armani (312-573-4220), Hugo Boss (312-321-0700) and Benetton (312-494-9156), as well as a first-rate selection of health and beauty products, eyewear, shoes, handbags, luggage, accessories and jewelry. Got kids with you (or still feel like a kid yourself?) Don't miss the incredible larger-than-life LEGO® constructions right outside The LEGO® Store (312-494-0760) where everyone is welcome to dig into the bins and build their own original creations.

Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plz, 312-527-4141) is a multipurpose complex that houses a variety of shops, services and year-round trade shows. While a majority of the building is used for wholesale events and fairs, the first couple floors are dedicated to consumer shopping. A&G Clothing & Accessories (312-245-0377) features predominantly European-style apparel for men and women and offers the latest in trendy accessories to complete any outfit.

The LuxeHome Center (312-527-7939) at the Mart specializes in anything and everything for the modern, designer Chicago home. From the best in kitchen countertops at Granite & Marble Resources (312-670-4400) to flooring Ann Sacks Tile & Stone (312-923-0919) to fixtures and doorknobs at Hinges & Handles (312-222-0870), Luxe Home is like shopping for the perfect luxury home—piece by piece.

Even when your house could not possibly use another candle holder or new piece of cookware, the multi-story downtown flagship Crate & Barrel (646 N Michigan Ave, 312-787-5900) manages to have something (or a lot of things) that would be perfect in your home. This huge store is always stocked with seasonal items and patterns—so there's always reason to go back and buy more. We like to ride the freestanding escalators up to the top floor to get an overview of everything there is, then work our way down to the checkout—but allow ample time because a houseware heaven of this size requires a little extra browsing time.

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Mark Your Calendar

River North's neighborhood block party is not your average grilled hot dogs and throw out the paper plates affair. The Taste of River North (30 N Kingsbury St, 312-742-7895) pulls out all the stops with live music, children's activities and a whole lot of food. In late July residents from around the neighborhood assemble at Erie Park and along Erie Street between the Chicago River and Kingsbury Street for this annual event.

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Getting Around

Given River North's location, you're likely to see almost as many taxis on the street as regular cars. So, hailing a cab is always one option for getting around this Chicago neighborhood quickly and easily. Of course, public transportation is also convenient. The above ground CTA Brown Line (and Purple Line during rush hour) stops at Chicago & Franklin and Merchandise Mart, while the Red Line travels underground below State Street, letting you out at Chicago and Grand avenues.

Depending on the time of day, sometimes we feel it's just as fast to walk to a designation within the neighborhood limits. However, there are also several bus routes that service River North—giving residents, visitors and those in the area for work plenty of transit alternatives.

If you have a car, parking in this section of town is mostly limited to ramps and lots found on nearly every street corner. It's often pricey to park there, but the only other alternative is to park on the street, which—to find a legitimate, available spot—is a crapshoot.

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School's in Session

Tucked in amongst all the commercial, dining, retail and entertainment neighborhood institutions, there are a slew of educational facilities in River North that span from elementary to graduate levels. For more info on schools in this Chicago neighborhood and others check out our Chicago Guide Schools page.

  • Argosy University ‐ 225 N Michigan Ave Chicago – (800) 626-4123
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ‐ 325 N Wells St – (312) 329-6600
  • Feltre School ‐ 25 W Erie St – (312) 255-1133
  • Illinois Institute of Art ‐ 350 N Orleans St – (312) 280-3500

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Basic Needs

One of the benefits to living in this Chicago neighborhood is all your bare necessities are right around the corner. Here's a list of some of the places in River North where you can get the everyday essentials.

Transit

  • Chicago Transit Authority ‐ (888) 968-7282

Post Office

  • 222 Merchandise Mart Plz – (312) 321-0233;
  • 540 N Dearborn St – (312) 644-3919

Pharmacies

  • CVS ‐ 121 W Kinzie St – (312) 970-2880; 344 W Hubbard St – (312) 222-2570
  • Jewel-Osco ‐ 550 N State St – (312) 527-2162
  • Walgreens ‐ 641 N Clark St – (312) 587-0904

Grocery Stores

  • The Artisan Cellar ‐ 222 Merchandise Mart # 116 – (312) 527-5810
  • Galleria Market ‐ 340 W Superior St – (312) 337-9300
  • Jewel-Osco ‐ 550 N State St – (312) 527-2162
  • Whole Foods Market ‐ 30 W Huron St – (312) 932-9600

Gyms

  • David Barton Gym ‐ 600 W Chicago Ave – (312) 836-9127
  • East Bank Club ‐ 500 N Kingsbury St – (312) 527-5800
  • Hard Pressed ‐ 219 W Chicago Avenue – (312) 285-3385
  • Sharper Fitness Ultra Gym ‐ 401 W Ontario St – (312) 944-4961

Entertainment

  • Loews Michigan ‐ 9 600 N Michigan Ave – (312) 255-9340
  • House of Blues ‐ 329 N Dearborn St – (312) 527-2583
  • Taste of River North (mid-July) ‐ 30 N Kingsbury St – 312-742-7895
  • The Field Museum ‐ 1400 S Lake Shore Dr – (312) 922-9410
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium ‐ 1200 S Lake Shore Dr – (312) 939-2438
  • Andrew Bae Gallery ‐ 300 W Superior St – (312) 335-8601
  • Gruen Galleries ‐ 226 W Superior St – (312) 337-6262
  • The Wrigley Building ‐ 400 N Michigan Ave – (312) 923-8080

Shopping

  • Accessorize ‐ 5 E Superior St – (312) 482-9780
  • American Girl Place ‐ 835 N Michigan Ave – (877) 247-5223
  • Ann Taylor ‐ 600 N Michigan Ave – (312) 587-8301
  • Barnard Ldt. ‐ 375 W Erie St – (312) 475-0210
  • Bed Bath & Beyond ‐ 530 N State St – (312) 755-9890
  • Chicago Harley-Davidson ‐ 66 E Ohio St – (312) 274-9666
  • Crate & Barrel ‐ 646 N Michigan Ave – (312) 787-5900
  • Eddie Bauer ‐ 600 N Michigan Ave – (312) 951-8484
  • Gilbertson Clybourn Inc ‐ 55 E Chicago Ave – (312) 573-8075
  • Hastens Passion for Beds ‐ 430 N Wells Street – (312) 527-5337
  • Jazz Record Mart ‐ 27 E Illinois St. – (312) 222-1467
  • The Kohler Store ‐ 100 Merchandise Mart – (312) 755-2510
  • Love from Chicago ‐ 700 N Michigan Ave – (312) 787-0838
  • Marshalls ‐ 600 N Michigan Ave – (312) 280-7506
  • Mary Walter ‐ 33 W Superior St – (312) 266-1094
  • Montauk ‐ 401 N Wells – (312) 951-5688
  • Orange Skin ‐ 223 W Erie St – (312) 335-1033
  • Paper Source ‐ 232 W Chicago Ave – (312) 337-0798
  • Pet Stuff ‐ 509 N Lasalle St – (312) 222-1012
  • Ralph Lauren ‐ 750 N Michigan Ave – (312) 280-1655
  • Wear Eyewear ‐ 750 N Franklin St – (312) 255-1212
  • The Bose Store ‐ 520 N Michigan Ave – (312) 595-0644
  • Levi's the Original Store ‐ 600 N Michigan Ave – (312) 642-9613
  • Nordstrom ‐ 55 E Grand Ave – (312) 464-1515
  • Pistachios ‐ 55 E Grand Ave – (312) 595-9437
  • Room & Board ‐ 55 E Ohio St – (312) 222-0970
  • The Body Shop ‐ 835 N Michigan Ave – (312) 482-8301
  • Chiaroscuro ‐ 835 N Michigan Ave – (312) 988-9253
  • Chicago Fur Mart ‐ 645 N Michigan Ave – (312) 951-5000
  • Saks Fifth Avenue ‐ 700 N Michigan Ave – (312) 944-6500
  • Sunglass Hut ‐ 520 N Michigan Ave – (312) 828-0420
  • Westfield North Bridge ‐ 520 N Michigan Ave – (312) 327-2300
  • Merchandise Mart ‐ 222 Merchandise Mart– (312) 527-4141

Dining

American Contemporary
  • Bin ‐ 36 339 N Dearborn St – (312) 755-9463
  • The Boarding House ‐ 720 N Wells St – (312) 280-0720
  • Farmhouse ‐ 228 W Chicago Ave – (312) 280-4960
  • Gilt Bar ‐ 230 W Kinzie St – (312) 464-9544
  • Graham Elliot ‐ 217 W Huron St – (312) 624-9975
  • Epic ‐ 112 W Hubbard St – (312) 222-4940
  • Hubbard Inn ‐ 110 W Hubbard St – (312) 222-1331
  • Wildfire ‐ 159 W Erie St – (312) 787-9000

American Traditional
  • Carson's the Place for Ribs ‐ 612 N Wells St – (312) 280-9200
  • Ed Debevic's ‐ 640 N Wells St – (312) 664-1707
  • Hard Rock Café ‐ 63 W Ontario St – (312) 943-2252
  • Harry Caray's ‐ 33 W Kinzie St – (312) 828-0966
  • Hooters ‐ 660 N Wells St – (312) 944-8800
  • Keefer's Restaurant ‐ 20 W Kinzie St – (312) 467-9525
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works ‐ 508 N Clark St – (312) 644-9131
  • RL Ralph Lauren Restaurant ‐ 115 E Chicago Ave – (312) 475-1100
  • Soupbox ‐ 50 E Chicago Ave – (312) 951-5900
  • Smith & Wollensky ‐ 318 N State St – (312) 670-9900
  • Steve's Place ‐ 230 W Chicago Ave – (312) 337-2462
  • Weber Grill Restaurant ‐ 539 N State St – (312) 467-9696

Asian Cuisine
  • Cocoro Restaurant ‐ 668 N Wells St – (312) 943-2220
  • Japonais ‐ 600 W Chicago Ave – (312) 822-9600
  • Oysy River North ‐ 50 E Grand Ave – (312) 670-6750
  • P F Chang's China Bistro ‐ 530 N Wabash Ave – (312) 828-9977
  • Silver Spoon Restaurant ‐ 710 N Rush St – (312) 944-7100
  • Star of Siam ‐ 11 E Illinois St – (312) 670-0100
  • Sunda ‐ 110 W Illinois St – (312) 644-0500
  • Sushi Naniwa ‐ 607 N Wells St – (312) 255-8555
  • Sushi Samba Rio ‐ 504 N Wells St – (312) 595-2300

Café/Coffee Shops
  • Bake for Me! Bakery & Café ‐ 321 N Clark St – (312) 644-7750
  • Bow Truss Coffee Roasters ‐ 406 N Wells St – (312) 222-1306
  • Brett's Kitchen ‐ 233 W Superior St – (312) 664-6354
  • Dunkin' Donuts
    • 404 N Wabash Ave- (312) 786-9750;
    • 222 Merchandise Mart Plz – (312) 222-1196
  • Starbucks
    • 444 N Michigan Ave – (312) 832-9851;
    • 670 N Michigan Ave – (312) 787-2165;
    • 38 E Ontario St – (312) 951-0662;
    • 600 N State St – (312) 573-0033;
    • 414 N Orleans St– (312) 467-1173;
    • 750 N Franklin St – (312) 274-0092;
    • 430 N Clark St – (312) 670-3920

Fast Food
  • Al's Italian Beef ‐ 169 W Ontario St – (312) 943-3222
  • Mr Beef ‐ 666 N Orleans St – (312) 337-8500
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs ‐ 100 W Ontario St – (312) 587-8910
  • The Original Rock 'n Roll McDonald's ‐ 600 N Clark St – (312) 867-0455

French Cuisine
  • Bistro Voltaire ‐ 226 W Chicago Ave – (312) 265-0911
  • Cyrano's Bistro and Wine Bar ‐ 546 N Wells St – (312) 467-0546
  • LM Bistro ‐ 111 W Huron – (312) 202-9900
  • Paris Club ‐ 59 W Hubbard St – (312) 595-0800

Fusion
  • ItaliAsia ‐ 350 W Mart Ctr Dr, 15th FL – (312) 529-1157
  • Naniwa ‐ 607 N Wells St – (312) 255-8555
  • Vermilion ‐ 10 W Hubbard St – (312) 527-4060

Indian/Pakistani Cuisine
  • Baba Palace ‐ 334 W Chicago Ave – (312) 867-7777
  • India House ‐ 59 W Grand Ave – (312) 645-9500
  • Tawakal Café ‐ 701 N Wells St – (312) 265-1174

Italian Cuisine
  • Barnelli's Pasta Bowl ‐ 100 W Ontario St – (312) 587-8930
  • Club Laggo ‐ 331 W Superior St – (312) 951-2849
  • Coco Pazzo ‐ 300 W Hubbard St – (312) 836-0900
  • Gene & Georgetti Restaurant ‐ 500 N Franklin – (312) 527-3718
  • Prosecco ‐ 710 N Wells St – (312) 951-9500

Latin American
  • Havana ‐ 412 N Clark St – (312) 644-1900
  • Nacional ‐ 27 325 W Huron St – (312) 664-2727

Lebanese
  • Kan Zaman ‐ 617 N Wells St – (312) 751-9600

Mexican/Tex-Mex
  • Chili's Grill & Bar ‐ 2 E Ontario St – (312) 943-1510
  • Chipotle ‐ 291 E Ontario St – (312) 587-7753
  • Mercadito ‐ 108 W Kinzie St – (312) 329-9555
  • Moe's Cantina ‐ 155 W Kinzie St – (312) 245-2000

Mediterranean
  • Opacity ‐ 433 West Superior St – (312) 550-8666
  • Reza's Restaurant ‐ 432 W Ontario St – (312) 664-4500
  • Tavernita ‐ 151 W Erie St – (312) 274-1111

Pizza
  • Gino's East of Chicago ‐ 633 N Wells St – (312) 988-4200
  • Giordano's ‐ 730 N Rush St – (312) 951-0747
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria ‐ 439 N Wells St – (312) 828-9800
  • Pizzeria Uno ‐ 29 E Ohio St – (312) 321-1000
  • Pizzeria Due ‐ 619 N Wabash Ave – (312) 943-2400

Regional Mexican
  • Frontera Grill ‐ 449 N Clark St – (312) 661-0381
  • Topolobampo ‐ 445 N Clark St – (312) 661-1434

Seafood
  • Blue Water Grill ‐ 520 N Dearborn St – (312) 777-1400
  • GT Fish & Oyster ‐ 531 N Wells St – (312) 929-3501
  • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab ‐ 60 E Grand Ave – (312) 379-5637
  • Smith & Wollensky ‐ 318 N State St – (312) 670-9900

Spanish
  • Café Iberico ‐ 737 N LaSalle Dr – (312) 573-1510

Steakhouse
  • Brazzaz ‐ 539 N Dearborn St – (312) 595-9000
  • Chicago Chop House ‐ 60 W Ontario St – (312) 787-7100
  • David Burke's Primehouse ‐ 616 N Rush St – (312) 660-6000
  • Erie Café ‐ 536 W Erie St – (312) 266-2300
  • Fogo De Chao ‐ 661 N LaSalle St – (312) 932-9330
  • Lawry's the Prime Rib ‐ 100 E Ontario St – (312) 787-5000
  • Kinzie Chop House ‐ 400 N Wells St – (312) 822-0191
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse ‐ 431 N Dearborn St – (312) 321-2725
  • Sullivan's Steakhouse ‐ 415 N Dearborn St – (312) 527-3510

Lounge/Nightclub
  • 10 Pin Bowling Lounge 330 N State Street – (312) 644-0300
  • Andy's Jazz Club ‐ 11 E Hubbard St – (312) 642-6805
  • Baton Show Lounge ‐ 436 N Clark St – (312) 644-5269
  • Board Room Chicago ‐ 343 N Erie St – (312) 972-9882
  • Buzz Nightclub ‐ 308 W Erie St – (312) 475-9800
  • Castle ‐ 632 N Dearborn St – (312) 266-3333
  • Club Lago ‐ 331 W Superior St – (312) 951-2849
  • Cyrano's Bistrot Wine Bar & Cabaret ‐ 546 N Wells St – (312) 467-0546
  • Excalibur ‐ 632 N Dearborn St – (312) 266-1944
  • Howl at the Moon ‐ 26 W Hubbard St – (312) 863-7427
  • The Motel Bar ‐ 600 W Chicago Ave – (312) 822-2900
  • NV Penthouse Lounge ‐ 116 W Hubbard St – (312) 329-9960
  • Pops for Champagne ‐ 601 N State St – (312) 266-7677
  • Redhead Piano Bar ‐ 16 W Ontario St – (312) 640-1000
  • Rockit Bar & Grill ‐ 22 W Hubbard St – (312) 645-6000
  • Spy Bar ‐ 646 N Franklin St – (312) 337-2191
  • The Underground ‐ 56 W Illinois St – (312) 644-7600

Bars
  • The Bar at the Peninsula ‐ 108 E Superior St – (312) 573-6766
  • Billy Goat Tavern ‐ 430 N Michigan Ave – (312) 222-1525
  • Blue Frog Bar & Grill ‐ 676 North LaSalle Drive – (312) 943-8900
  • Brehon Pub ‐ 731 N Wells St – (312) 642-1071
  • Celtic Crossings ‐ 751 N Clark St – (312) 337-1005
  • Citizen Bar ‐ 364 W Erie St – (312) 640-1156
  • Clark Street Ale House ‐ 742 N Clark St – (312) 642-9253
  • Fado Irish Pub ‐ 100 W Grand Ave – (312) 836-0066
  • Green Door Tavern ‐ 678 N Orleans St – (312) 664-5496
  • Jake Melnick's Corner Tap ‐ 41 E Superior St – (312) 266-0400
  • The Kerryman ‐ 661 N Clark St – (312) 335-8121
  • O'Callaghan's ‐ 29 W Hubbard St – (312) 527-1180
  • O'Leary's Public House ‐ 541 N Wells St – (312) 661-1306
  • The Pepper Canister ‐ 509 N Wells St – (312) 467-3300
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry ‐ 1 W Grand Ave – (312) 755-9339
  • Shamrock Club ‐ 210 W Kinzie St – (312) 321-9314
  • Sound-Bar ‐ 226 W Ontario St – (312) 787-4480

Community
  • River North Association

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