Bright lights. Amazing, hi-rise living. World-class shopping and entertainment. What could be better?
As Chicago’s premiere entertainment district, River North boasts some of the best dining, shopping, bars, and entertainment anywhere in the city. And with such close proximity to the downtown area and Chicago landmarks like Willis Tower and Navy Pier, it’s no wonder River North is one of Chicago’s most recognizable—and desirable—locations.
The area runs along one of the busiest sections of Chicago, The Magnificent Mile—one of the best shopping streets in the country, on par with LA’s Rodeo Drive, and Fifth Avenue in New York.
River North is located right off the Grand Red Line stop, and runs north of Wacker all the way up to Chicago, with the river as its western boundary line. On the east side, Michigan Ave provides the boundary line between River North and neighboring Streeterville.
With a median rent more than double that of the average in Chicago, River North residents tend to be white-collar professionals with high levels of discretionary income.
River North residents are right in line with the average age of the rest of Chicago, with most residents in their low to mid-thirties. However, the overall age range is fairly wide ranging, with a high percentage of over-forty dwellers to compliment its younger demographic.
With so much entertainment in an area that truly doesn’t seem to sleep, River North is a pulsing neighborhood with some of the city’s most appealing destinations.
Taste a deliciously crafted cocktail at Three Dots and a Dash, shop ‘til you drop on the Magnificent Mile, or catch a show at the House of Blues—you’re sure to find your fun in River North.
Hubbard Street is home to a range of reasonably priced bars and entertainment options, including Rockit Bar, O’Callahan’s, and Henry’s.
Even though River North is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Chicago, that doesn’t mean you can’t find cheaper spots to help you save. River North has tons of inexpensive food and entertainment options, including one of the only Portillo’s in the city limits of Chicago, and the opportunity to take a stroll along the Chicago River’s newly renovated river walk area.
As you can tell, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find the kind of entertainment and leisure options available in River North anywhere else in the city.
But even though River North is always buzzing with excitement, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a spot to make this neighborhood feel like home. With hi-rises at virtually every corner, and new commercial developments cropping up constantly, it’s easy to see why many choose to make this traditionally tourist area home.