River North

Chicago, Illinois


The Loop's more glamorous, more popular older sister, River North has a reputation as the center of the city's hottest clubs and restaurants. But to end the conversation there would do the neighborhood an injustice--River North is also home to some of the city's most iconic institutions, including the Magnificent Mile, and multiple galleries and boutique shops. 

High-rise condominium buildings and a handful of townhomes make up the residences here and generally fetch a higher price than their counterparts in the Loop, but are comparable to what you'll find in Streeterville and Gold Coast. While surrounded by more historic--and some would argue, more traditional--neighborhoods, River North is generally more accepting of new concepts in food, nightlife, and shopping. River North tends to be just as bustling as the Loop during the day, due to the neighborhood's tourist attractions and offices, but, when the lights turn off in the Loop, the bars and restaurants in River North come alive.

Homes in River North

Where To Live

On the west side of River North, residents often call luxury condos and high-rises home. Farther east near Lake Michigan, townhomes can also be found. Many years ago River North was a warehouse district, so those looking for a more unconventional home can opt for a repurposed loft space.

Price Vibes

The sheer number of condo units in River North make it slightly more accessible and competitively priced than its neighbors, but don't expect a great value here, as the price per square foot is even higher than in the illustrious Gold Coast and Streeterville. Still, the neighborhood is worthwhile for residents who want to walk to work, dinner, and any kind of cocktail you can shake a tiki torch at.

Around River North

Where To Eat

River North is home to the largest concentration of restaurants in Chicago, and new ones are opening all the time. Whether you're looking for a community staple like Gibson's Steakhouse or a trendy up-and-coming wine bar, River North is the place to go. Dine with a view at one of the restaurants nestled within the Riverwalk or eat at any of the Zagat-rated institutions just off the Magnificent Mile.

Friday Night Fun

River North is king when it comes to bars and nightlife. Grab a bite at any of the stylish local spots and follow it up with drinks at one of the local piano bars. Expect to pay a cover at most of the local watering holes and prepare for a dress code at some. If the bar scene isn't your cup of tea, River North is also home to a number of art galleries, museums, and theaters.

The Perfect Sunday

Head out for brunch and a day of antiquing at local boutiques or check out some of the architectural landmarks of the neighborhood. Head to Navy Pier for a ride on the iconic ferris wheel, followed by a boat cruise with enviable city views. Rent a bike and take on the lakefront trails, appreciating the local nature interspersed among the skyscrapers.

Transportation Options

Residents have no problem getting around the city in River North. In walking distance of the Loop, West Loop, Streeterville, and Gold Coast, there are also multiple train and bus lines. The Brown and Purple Lines—which will take you to the north/far northwest side of the city and to the Loop in no time—have a couple of stations in River North. The Red Line, which will take you as far north as Evanston and to the southern end of the city, has three stops in River North. Within the neighborhood are multiple bus routes, taking you west to Wicker Park and east to Navy Pier. The expense of living in River North doesn't end at condos and clubs—expect surge pricing for rideshares after happy hours are over.

Living Here

Locals Love

Always being at the forefront of new restaurants and bars • Having everything at their fingertips • Proximity to trains and buses that will take you almost anywhere else in the city • The exclusivity and luxury of local institutions

Residents Say

River North has all of the conveniences and excitement of living downtown with a distinct neighborhood feel. The architecture is stunning and I love catching glimpses of the river on my walk to work. We live around the corner from so many exciting restaurants and bars that we never have to go to the same place twice--even though we definitely have neighborhood favorites that we regularly frequent.
- River North Resident

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