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River North


  • Nightlife - Excellent
  • Dining - Excellent
  • Convenience - Excellent


  • Center of Chicago urban life
  • Breadth and concentration of dining and nightlife
  • Close proximity to the Loop, CTA Red and Brown lines, and Highways


  • Noise/traffic
  • Lack of green or open space
  • High cost of living

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If you want an energized urban experience, River North is the neighborhood for you. Its unique blend of commerce, housing, and tourism make it one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Chicago. Don't believe us? Braintree and Salesforce have offices here. Donald Trump built his tower here. Mario Batali built his church of Italian food here. The Blackhawks may start their Stanley Cup party in Wrigleyville, but they end it in River North. Given its convenient access to the Loop, CTA lines, and highway, it's no surprise River North is one of the most popular and expensive neighborhoods in Chicago.

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're an early riser, a stop (and wait in line) at the famed Doughnut Vault is a neighborhood rite of passage.

If weekend brunch is your scene, River North has you covered with local favorites like GT Fish & Oyster and Meli Cafe.

River North burns those calories at the famous East Bank Club. If you're lucky you might work out next to Oprah, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, or President Obama!

After a quick workout, River North heads to work. Chicago’s vibrant tech community calls the neighborhood home with co-working spaces like 1871 and companies like Braintree, Trunk Club, and Yelp, bringing jobs and creativity in tow.

Right outside the office, dozens of hotels make River North a destination for out-of-towners. Tourists take advantage of Magnificent Mile shopping between tours at the Driehaus Museum or kayak excursions down the Chicago River.

Tourists and residents alike benefit from daily views of some of the most iconic architecture in Chicago, including the Trump Tower, Wrigley Building, and Merchandise Mart.

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.

Now for the info you really want! Lunchtime in River North is all about variety. Tourists flock to Chicago staples like Portillo’s and Gino’s East for dogs and deep dish, while locals can find everything from an iconic McDonald's to a 6-course meal prepared by Top Chef Masters' winner Rick Bayless.

After work and on weekends, Chicagoans from all over the city flood the neighborhood to take advantage of the best concentration of nightlife and dining in the city. River North has excellent seafood at Joe’s Stone Crab, ribs at Carson’s, old-school steaks at Gene & Georgetti, and Asian Fusion at Sunda, among countless others.

If you live in Chicago and like to stay out late, River North is probably where you'll end up. With clubs like Studio Paris and Sub 51, bars like Bub City and Three Dots and Dash, and music venues like Howl at the Moon and The Readhead Piano Bar, River North is a party every night of the week.

Where do residents live?

Most River North residents live in glass or brick high rises, and a smaller portion of residents live in converted warehouse lofts.

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