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Things to do in River 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.
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. ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
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“A little off the beaten path, but if you can make it you have to! It's the perfect taste of Chicago and a local favorite, you can't leave Chicago without having gone!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Perhaps the best thing to do when visiting Chicago if the weather permits. The boat architecture tour is amazing, get the sunset cruise tickets.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“A Tiki Bar that wont be great for your wallet, but amazing for your pallet and Instagram feed.”
  • 59 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.”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Take a stroll down the river walk for a brief getaway from all the noise of downtown. ”
  • 35 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.”
  • 31 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) ”
  • 34 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. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“THE FAMOUS DEEP DISH PIZZA!! Is it worth the wait? You'll have to give it a try to find out!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Hotel
“Home to the newly opened nightclub venue/ restaurant Tao. River North is home to many of Chicago's clubs and bars apart of the nightlife scene. I recommend you head to Hubbard St. for a night out and good time.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Get in line early...They usually run out of donuts by 10am. The menu is simple and to the point. They don't offer as many flavors like other doughnut stores, but that's kinda the charm. Saves the stress of having to pick and choose which ones to get. Try the buttermilk old fashion, and it's the bomb with the perfect crunch. The place is tiny, can only fit like 4-5 people in there at once. There's no seating inside so you have to wait to eat them or just devour them outside of the store like we do.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Rick Bayless' newest restaurant in River North, perfectly-executed, authentic Mexican food. The take-out pozole is awesome, as are their other caldos and tortas (sandwiches) and churros.”
  • 30 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. ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
“A little off the beaten path, but if you can make it you have to! It's the perfect taste of Chicago and a local favorite, you can't leave Chicago without having gone!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
“A Tiki Bar that wont be great for your wallet, but amazing for your pallet and Instagram feed.”
  • 59 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.”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Best steak in Chicago. Reservations are tough, but you might get lucky or even try to walk in.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“Favorite ambient downtown restaurant with a speakeasy feeling. Great craft cocktails and the tenderloin tartar is a must try. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bar/Lounge this speakeasy has it all! Live music, performances, black and white movies, a whiskey bar (just to name a few things) ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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