Your Neighborhood Guide to River North, Chicago

River North Chicago is exactly where it sounds like it would be – to the north of the Chicago River, in downtown Chicago. It’s one of the closest neighborhoods to the Loop, but unlike the loop, it has a bustling nightlife. Where the Loop shuts down after work, River North is just getting started.

Here’s what it’s like to be a person living in River North Chicago.


River North is easily accessible by both CTA Red Line and Brown Line stops. Depending on where you’re trying to go, you may choose to get off at (or on at):

  • Chicago Brown Line
  • Merchandise Brown Line
  • Chicago Red Line
  • Grand Red Line

There are several CTA bus lines that also go through the area and connect it with other Chicago neighborhoods.

If you’d prefer to do without public transit, it’s quite easy to get a taxi or Uber in River North. For the scenic route, you can also catch the Chicago Water Taxi.

Food & Drink

There are so many delicious restaurants in River North – it’s one of the best neighborhoods for dining in Chicago. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Topolobampo is a RIck Bayless restaurant nestled inside Frontera Grill. It’s definitely a place you don’t want to go without an occasion, unless you have lots of money to blow. A more affordable option is just down the street – Xoco, which serves delicious tortas and caldos.
  • RPM Italian is very “Chicago,” being owned by none other than Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Sometimes you’ll even catch them dining there!
  • Portillo’s Hot Dogs is every Chicagoan’s favorite fast food spot. There’s only one other in the city, and it’s not easy to get to.
  • It’s hard to find Three Dots and a Dash on your first visit, but their tiki drinks are worth the journey. Come early to guarantee a table!

Pet Friendly

There are many dog owners in River North, which luckily means your choice of dog parks to bring your furry friend:

  • Ohio Street Dog Park
  • Montgomery A. Ward Park
  • Fulton River Park

Visit this website for directions and other specifics.

Living in River North Chicago means the best of living near downtown Chicago (and likely your job), while still being in a hotspot for nightlife and dining. It’s the perfect neighborhood for a young adult looking to enjoy their time in the city.

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Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!