Where To Eat
The western side of the neighborhood offers the most food options, with several restaurants lining Milwaukee Avenue. The sandwich options will prove helpful for those grabbing lunch on the go, while diners and pizzerias provide more generous portions for diners in no hurry. Several coffee shops specializing in premium blends will also appeal to workers ducking out of the office for a quick pick-me-up.
Friday Night Fun
Art lovers are sure to enjoy the galleries throughout the neighborhood, giving them several avenues to enjoy a cocktail hour on a Friday night while perusing photographs, prints, and other creations from local artists. Afterwards, facilitate more creative discussion by dropping by one of the bars that serve up classic cocktails and a trendy atmosphere.
The Perfect Sunday
The many yoga studios and fitness centers in the area will allow you to start your Sunday with some treatment for both your body and mind. Take it a step or two further by sampling one of the dance studios, or give your legs a break by relaxing with a book at a cozy cafe. Feel free to get some coffee to go, then take a walk by the railroad tracks to see a great example of Chicago's tough industrial spirit.
The Blue Line, which runs from O'Hare Airport through the Loop and to the southwest part of the city, has a station in River West. From the station, it's typically no more than 10 minutes to the Loop. A bus line runs along Milwaukee Avenue, which is a major thoroughfare in the area and provides direct access to neighboring Wicker Park or the West Loop. Milwaukee Avenue is also historically friendly to cyclists and boasts long stretches of protected bike lanes. A popular route for cycling commuters—the street is somewhat affectionately known as "Hipster Highway"—drivers would be wise to be on the lookout for bikers.