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Chicago Tour: River North

Spend a night on the town in this festive neighborhood.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Partly bordered by the Chicago River, River North is home to art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs. There’s something... more »

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Chef Takashi Yagihashi has a few eateries around town, but the Slurping Turtle is his nod to Japanese comfort food. Featuring bento boxes, binco grill items, and, of course, noodles to slurp, the restaurant attracts a loyal lunch crowd. Sit in one of the booths or at the communal table in the middle.

116 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL,... More

On a clear, warm day, admire Chicago’s architecture from a unique vantage point: the Chicago River. Wateriders offers guided kayak tours through downtown Chicago for a truly one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience that includes Willis Tower, Wrigley Building, and Merchandise Mart. Sign up for the Evening Paddle for a magical view of illuminated city ... More

Master of Mexican gourmet Rick Bayless delights diners with this casual and affordable “little sister” to the more upscale Frontera in River North and North Side’s Topolobampo. Patrons line up inside the cozy yellow café for the torta ahogada, or “drowned sandwich,” made with succulent carnitas, pickled onions, black beans and chile de árbol sauce... More

4. Chicago Gallery News Tours

Chicago Gallery News provides free tours of River North’s many galleries on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet the guide on the corner of Franklin and Chicago (in front of the Starbucks) for a tour of four art galleries. The itinerary changes weekly, so you may see anything from European Impressionist paintings to innovative glass sculpture... More

Known for its simple, seasonal Tuscan cuisine, Coco Pazzo features an award-winning all-Italian wine list, as well as homemade bread and fresh pasta—potato and spring nettle gnocchi, pappardelle with braised rabbit, and linguini with chili-flecked Manilla clams.

300 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL, 60654
United States

(312) 836-0900

Amid countless coffee chains, Fabcakes is a welcome change for your caffeine fix. Red velvet-draped walls add to the cozy atmosphere of this café, where customers enjoy freshly baked goods and lattes flavored with homemade syrups, like pepper-fig and vanilla-rose.

714 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL, 60654
United States

(312) 397-3300

7. Gene & Georgetti

Aside from the absence of cigarette smoke, it’s hard to imagine that this classic steak-and-seafood place has changed much since it first opened in the same wood-framed house in 1941. In case you didn’t catch the clubby, old-school vibe from the all-male, white-jacketed waitstaff, red leather chairs, or the boisterous guys in suits ordering rounds... More

River North’s neighborhood blues bar, Blue Chicago is notorious for its songstresses. Grana Louise, Big Time Sarah, Laretha Weathersby, Dimetria Taylor, and Shirley Johnson are just some of the blues women who shake up the stage. Catch remarkable acts, nightly.

536 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL, 60610
United States

(312) 661-0100