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River North, a Neighborhood Rental Guide

This chic, cultural hub is filled with art galleries, antique stores, and professionals.

Just across the Chicago River from the Loop, River North is an urban neighborhood where you'll find a well-established center for the art community brimming with galleries, production companies, photography studios and interior design businesses, as well as some of Chicago's most famous architecture. You won't find too many single-family homes in River North; Towering skyscrapers and mid-rise apartment buildings make up the vast majority of River North real estate.


Monthly rents range from $1,700 to $5,000 depending on apartment size.


Having the highest concentration of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, River North is full of life and visiting tourists.


This trendy and modern neighborhood is perfect for people who love dining and entertaining with friends.


Access to both interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive.


Ed Debevic's, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the House of Blues are common places to visit in River North.


Given River North's location, you're likely to see almost as many taxis on the street as regular cars. So, hailing a cab is always one option for getting around this Chicago neighborhood quickly and easily. There are, however, CTA routes and bus lines available just a quick walk away.

3 cta routes

6 bus routes

2 metra routes

10 notable landmarks

Recreation / Entertainment

Although it is known for its thrilling nightlife, River North is also able to keep its residents occupied in the daytime. Antique shopping, kayak touring, and visiting museums are just a few activities to consider when living in this one of a kind neighborhood.

Cable Fountain

The Cable House is a Richardsonian Romanesque-style house near Michigan Avenue at 25 E. Erie St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The house was built in 1886 by Cobb and Frost for socialite Ransom R. Cable.

483 restaurants bars & coffee shops


Besides an abundance of art galleries, there's another thing this neighborhood has a lot of—restaurants. The mixture of original Chicago eateries, familiar chains and fusion restaurants will impress any epicure. River North is home to many of the staple Chicago restaurants tourists like to visit.


Casual Dining

Fine Dining

Fast Food

Iguana Cafe

Airy, brightly colored cafe serving coffee, wine & European fare (including crêpes).

Robust Coffee Lounge

Outpost of hip hangout dispensing thoughtfully sourced coffee, sandwiches & popular Belgian waffles.

Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

Local roasting company’s no-frills coffee shop offering house coffee & an espresso bar.


European-style bistro serving lattes with housemade syrups plus pastries, bagels & sandwiches.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

Upscale steakhouse with a New American menu in an ornate, dimly lit wood & brick setting.

Café Iberico

Tapas & other Spanish plates in a huge, group-friendly space with a buzzy vibe.

Karyn's Cooked

Innovative vegan fare, including desserts, along with beer & wine in a low-key atmosphere.

Artisan Cellar

Gourmet market featuring a wide variety of wines & beer plus a deli for takeout.

Havana Grill

Eatery turning out Pan-Latin cuisine & tropical cocktails in a sophisticated, island-inspired space.

GT Fish & Oyster

Seafood hot spot pairing inventive shared plates with creative cocktails in a buzzy, modern space.


Imaginative dishes with California & Middle Eastern accents are served in a contemporary setting.

Kinzie Chophouse

Steakhouse staple also serving salads & an array of entrees, with a spacious dining room.


Luxurious French dining with a lavish fixed-price menu, caviar service & an art-filled room.

The Boarding House

Cellar lounge, 1st-floor bar & upstairs fine-dining restaurant with a menu of upscale American fare.


Hip spot for creative Asian fusion fare, sushi & specialty cocktails in a chic modern space.


Acclaimed New American fare in a loftlike setting with an extensive wine list & a light bar menu.

Al's Beef

Homegrown chain best known for big, juicy Italian beef sandwiches, plus sausages, fries & hot dogs.


Chicago-born chain for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches & more, plus beer & wine, in retro digs.

25 Degrees Chicago

Clubby spot for house or custom burgers, craft cocktails & boozy shakes plus full breakfast & patio.

Taco Joint

Mexican tacos, tortas & sides pair with a variety of margaritas & tequilas in a colorful cantina.

Mr. Beef On Orleans

No-frills spot supplying classic Chicago eats like Italian beef that appeal to late-night diners.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Retro-style counter-serve chain known for made-to-order toasted sandwiches, salads & baked goods.

Nightlife / Bars

From casual drinks at a local pub, to a wild night out at Chicago’s hottest clubs, River North has it all. Because of its high density in bars and restaurants, there is always a hot spot to stop around every corner. This makes a night on the town a very convenient walk away.



Underground Wonder Bar

Tiny late-night cocktail lounge & music venue featuring jazz, funk, reggae, rock & more.

The Green Door Tavern

Long-running watering hole featuring American fare & monthly improv in a comfy, vintage setting.

Tippling Hall

Hip, industrial hangout with a global menu matched by cocktails on tap, craft beer & frozen drinks.

The Franklin Room

Creative, wide-ranging American menu & brown booze, sake & tons of beers in a subterranean space.


This vast River North nightclub offers multiple bars & DJs spinning a mix of tunes.

Cuvee Chicago

Trendy late-night lounge with a champagne-centered bar & DJ dancing amid elaborate upscale decor.


Bound by the Magnificent Mile along the eastern edge and Merchandise Mart on the southwest corner, River North will satisfy serious shop-aholics and casual window-shoppers alike. Ranging from unique boutique shops to high-end designer brands, River North’s retail will suit any style.

400+ retail shops