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Things to do in Near North, Chicago

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighbourhood
“The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier commercial district with the most retail stores per square mile in the entire nation!”
  • 220 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been a Chicago icon since partners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo opened its doors in May of 1989. ... Gibsons Prime Angus Beef is featured along with fresh fish, classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and exceptional service.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
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“100 W. Ontario St. Chicago-born chain for hot dogs and Italian beef, serving up beer and wine in retro digs”
  • 79 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“One of Chicago's foremost touring companies for lake and river cruises. They offer a variety of tour types/lengths, a few even departing from their Navy Pier location. If you're going in spring or fall, be sure to dress warmly, the wind will definitely make you cold!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Tiki drinks (flaming options included), 200+ rums & luau bites in a retro Polynesian-island setting.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“THE place to get deep dish pizza in the city, you absolutely cannot leave Chicago without getting a slice here first.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Mag Mile-Delicious small plates and craft cocktails. This place is really humming with excitement, but once you get a seat, your server will guide you to a perfect dining experience. This place can be a bit pricey if you go all out, but you can go easy on the pocket book by exercising caution and ordering only 1 small plate. It is definitely worth the wait and the price. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Tavern On Rush is an upscale, contemporary American Steakhouse offering an extensive menu of Classic American fare, including only the finest USDA prime aged steaks and chops, fresh fish and seafood and unique daily specials.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Family-owned local chain for Italian classics & Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Best steak in Chicago. Reservations are tough, but you might get lucky or even try to walk in.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Favorite ambient downtown restaurant with a speakeasy feeling. Great craft cocktails and the tenderloin tartar is a must try. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Bar/Lounge this speakeasy has it all! Live music, performances, black and white movies, a whiskey bar (just to name a few things) ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“This is a great concert venue. They constantly have bands performing, big names too!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The best Asian fusion in the city. A beautiful space and every single thing on their expansive Menu is delicious. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“ROM GIORDANO'S "Famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza. A family-friendly atmosphere and delicious food or order your meal online for pickup or delivery." Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine.”
  • 28 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gourmet Shop
“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been a Chicago icon since partners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo opened its doors in May of 1989. ... Gibsons Prime Angus Beef is featured along with fresh fish, classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and exceptional service.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
“100 W. Ontario St. Chicago-born chain for hot dogs and Italian beef, serving up beer and wine in retro digs”
  • 79 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
“Tiki drinks (flaming options included), 200+ rums & luau bites in a retro Polynesian-island setting.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“THE place to get deep dish pizza in the city, you absolutely cannot leave Chicago without getting a slice here first.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Mag Mile-Delicious small plates and craft cocktails. This place is really humming with excitement, but once you get a seat, your server will guide you to a perfect dining experience. This place can be a bit pricey if you go all out, but you can go easy on the pocket book by exercising caution and ordering only 1 small plate. It is definitely worth the wait and the price. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Tavern On Rush is an upscale, contemporary American Steakhouse offering an extensive menu of Classic American fare, including only the finest USDA prime aged steaks and chops, fresh fish and seafood and unique daily specials.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Family-owned local chain for Italian classics & Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts.”
  • 55 locals recommend

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