River North Chicago Neighborhood Guide

River North Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Live your best life in one of the trendiest Chicago neighborhoods.

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If you want an energized urban experience, River North Chicago is the neighborhood for you. Its unique blend of commerce, housing, and tourism makes it one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Chicago. Most River North residences are glass or brick high rises, and a smaller portion of residents live in converted warehouse lofts.

If you’re a local, River North doesn’t offer as much communal or park space as other neighborhoods, but pet lovers still take advantage of the neighborhood’s pet-friendly buildings and river views. If walkable streets are a must, check out Gold Coast or Fulton River District.

With easy access to Chicagoland highways (I-90/94 and Lakeshore Drive), CTA Brown Line and Red Line, and The Loop (within walking distance), commuting from River North is usually a breeze… unless you’re driving during rush hour.

If you live in Chicago and like to stay out late, River North is probably where you’ll end up. With clubs like Tao, bars like Bub City, Three Dots, and Dash, as well as music venues like Howl at the Moon and The Redhead Piano Bar— River North is a party every night of the week.

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Neighborhood Life

Situated west of Streeterville, adjacent to Gold Coast and the Magnificent Mile, this lively and posh area is a prime location for new Chicagoans looking for a full-value introduction to the city. Home to numerous art galleries and studios, River North is an artists’ haven and then some. A plethora of bars, clubs, and top-rated restaurants dot the streets— their age marked by Chicago’s varied architecture.

Local Hangouts

This vibrant neighborhood is home to more than just artists. It attracts Chicago residents from all walks of life because of its culture, convenience, and activity. Stroll along the city’s award-winning Chicago Riverwalk or indulge in flavor at restaurants like Tanta Chicago or RPM Steak. Swing by Good Measure if you’re looking for classy cocktails and an elegant atmosphere.

Check out our list of the best bars in River North.

Things to Know

Live here if you crave fascinating culture, beautiful aesthetics, and a vibrant atmosphere. River North is pulsating with creative energy around every bend. 3 Greens Market hosts Chicago’s artists and professionals alike: Eclectic people mix and mingle at stylish hangouts and bump elbows at the communal tables.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is River North considered downtown Chicago?

Not always. Most locals don't consider River North to be downtown, by and large the area south of the river, otherwise known as The Loop is considered to be Chicago's downtown.

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