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River North

Whether you are an art lover or love to shop, the River North area of Chicago has something special for you. Just north of the downtown Loop, bound by Chicago Avenue to the north, Michigan Avenue to the east, and the Chicago River to the south and west, River North has a cluster of hotels, galleries, convenient transportation, and great places to eat, shop and enjoy Chicago’s art culture. The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and the former Chicago Sun-Times Building (now the site of Trump International Hotel and Tower) are part of this remarkable section of the city. The “Cathedral District,” near the intersection of State and Huron, has a significant number of new residential skyscrapers surrounding the Catholic Holy Name Cathedral and the Episcopal St. James Cathedral.

Chicago River

What distinguishes River North from the rest of the Windy City is its Gallery District. Once an old manufacturing and warehouse area, the River North Gallery District has the greatest concentration of art galleries in the United States, outside of Manhattan. Emerging artists of all kinds display their work beside established artists in an area dense with hot bars, cool dance clubs, and all kinds of entertainment venues. The House of Blues ranks among these highlights, where people come from all over the world to enjoy blues music and folk art as well as southern-inspired cuisine. If jazz is your thing, Andy’s Jazz Club on East Huron Street, shouldn’t be missed. Chicago’s top artists perform a range of musical stylings from Traditional, Swing and Bop to Fusion, Latin and Afro-Pop.

River North’s newest luxury condominium, The Ronsley at 676 N. Kingsbury, is a classic turn-of-the-century building that’s anything but old fashioned. The Ronsley beautifully melds historic architecture with a taste of modern minimalism. You’ll experience a piece of Chicago’s history while enjoying modern design and amenities. With 41 unique residences The Ronsley provides residents with class and luxury through a range of floor plans from 2 bed 2 bad units to elegant 4 bed triplex penthouses. Live in a city with history, experience modern luxury, and feel right at home in The Ronsley.

When lunch or dinner time rolls around, you can satisfy your appetite at one of the theme-restaurants—popular with out-of-towners—like the tropical-themed Rainforest Cafe (a “wild” place to eat and shop) or Ed Debevic’s 1950s style diner, or any of the upscale restaurants in the vicinity. River North is also home to the Merchandise Mart, the world’s largest commercial building, just a short, leisurely walk from the famous Magnificent Mile. This Chicago institution spans two city blocks of floor after floor of shops and showrooms filled with commercial and luxury interior furnishings. 

River North’s attractive tree-shaded streets are lined with lovely vintage residences as well as newly built high-rises and lofts, especially in areas like Kingsbury Park, near Erie Street and the Chicago River. And for those who prefer a short commute to work, the old Montgomery Ward building in Kingsbury Park was redesigned into contemporary office space that includes financial firms, advertising, marketing, and telecommunications companies. Also in the landmark building is the signature Japanese-French fusion cuisine of Japonais Restaurant-Lounge, one of Chicago’s hottest fine dining establishments. Voted by Conde-Nast Traveler as “one of the top 66 restaurants in the world,” Japonais is a great place for celebrity sightings and superior sushi with a Parisian twist.

For those new to the city, folks in town for work or pleasure, or lifetime residents, this is one part of Chicago where there’s an endless amount of things to see and do around every corner.

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Dining in River North

Bin 36
339 N. Dearborn St.
Cuisine: American
Crofton On Wells
535 N Wells
Cuisine: American
Houston's Restaurant
612 N Rush St
Cuisine: American
Doc's River North
661 N Clark
Cuisine: American
43 E.Ohio Street
Cuisine: American
Erawan Royal Thai Cuisine
729 N. Clark St
Cuisine: Thai
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
739 N. Clark Street
Cuisine: Barbeque
Hard Rock Cafe
63 W Ontario St
Cuisine: American
Harry's Velvet Room
56 W Illinois St
Cuisine: American
Brasserie Jo
59 W. Hubbard Street
Cuisine: French
520 N Michigan Ave
Cuisine: French
Once Upon A Thai
3705 N Southport Ave
Cuisine: Thai
Hubbard Street Grill
351 W Hubbard St
Cuisine: American/Barbeque
Jl Leisure
509 N Wells
Cuisine: American
Bob Chinn's Chicago Crabhouse
315 N La Salle (River)
Cuisine: Seafood
Rainforest Cafe
605 N Clark St
Cuisine: American
Ben Pao
52 W. Illinois St.
Cuisine: Asian
Centro Ristorante
710 N Wells St
Cuisine: Italian
Ed Debevic's Short Order
640 N Wells St
Cuisine: American
Chicago Rib House
800 N Dearborn St
Cuisine: Barbeque
Gaylord India Restaurant
678 N Clark St
Cuisine: Indian
361 W. Chestnut St
Cuisine: French
710 N Clark St
Cuisine: French
Coco Pazzo
300 West Hubbard St
Cuisine: Italian
358 W Ontario
Cuisine: Mexican
Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St.
Cuisine: American
Shaw's Crab House
21 E Hubbard St
Cuisine: Seafood
441 N La Salle Dr
Cuisine: Greek
6 West Hubbard
Cuisine: Asian
Funky Buddha Lounge
730 Grand Ave
Red Head Piano Bar
16 W. Ontario
Emmit's Irish Pub & Eatery
495 N. Millwaukee Ave
Bar Louie
226 W. Chicago

Resources in River North

Chicago Police Precinct
District 18
113 W. Chicago
Post Office
222 Merchandise Mart
540 N. Dearborn

Shaare Zedek Medical Center
101 W. Grand


Entertainment in River North

House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn
215 W. Ohio
Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N. Green
Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago
Chicago Fine Arts Exchange
815 W. Chicago
Flat File
119 N. Peoria
Julia Friedman Gallery
118 N. Peoria
Intuit Gallery
756 N. Milwaukee
S2 Art Gallery
300 W. Superior
Walsh Gallery
118 N. Peoria
4 Taste
415 N. Milwaukee
The Fifth Floor
440 N. Halsted
440 N. Halsted

Shopping in River North

Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Place

Schools in River North

Northestern Illinois University
770 N. Halsted St.
Feltre School
22 W. Erie
Frances Xavier Ward School
751 N. State
Illinois Institute of Art
350 N. Orleans
Institute of Clinical Social Work
68 E. Wacker