Neighbourhood Guide: River North, Chicago

A cultural destination for both locals and visitors, River North is brimming with art galleries, chic boutiques, vibrant nightlife, and delicious dining establishments.

 

Stay

 

Conrad Chicago

101 E. Erie Street; conradchicagohotel.com

Don’t be confused by the small reception area when you walk into Conrad Chicago. Their lobby is actually on the 20th floor of the building; not only is it spacious, but it also boasts stunning panoramic city views. Featuring bold, geometric patterned carpets, interactive abstract art, and wood furnishings, Conrad Chicago has created the perfect balance between contemporary luxury for the ultimate stay.

Tip: You can easily book your stay at the Conrad Chicago through Porter Escapes.

Conrad

 

Eat

 

The Hampton Social

353 W. Hubbard Street; thehamptonsocial.com

The Hampton Social is a laid-back spot that serves refreshing cocktails and fresh seafood. The dishes here are inspired by East Coast cuisine (think lobster rolls and oysters), while the decor is as coastal as it gets. While you’re there, don’t miss a photo in front of their Insta-popular Rosé all day sign – which the staff are more than happy to snap for you.

Must Try: Lobster Roll, Crab Cake, Frosé All Day.

Hampton Social

Hampton Social

 

 

Doughnut Vault

401 N. Franklin Street; doughnutvault.com

Doughnut Vault just might be the cutest, tiniest and most popular doughnut shop in Chicago (some have even suggested in the country).  Don’t be surprised if these freshly-baked doughnuts sell out by 10 a.m. – they’re that good!   

Must Try: Chestnut Glazed, Old Fashioned.

Doughnut Vault

 

Shanghai Terrace

108 E. Superior Street; chicago.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/

If you’re craving delicious Cantonese cuisine set amidst a swanky 1930s supper club vibe, head to Shanghai Terrace. The restaurant offers a wonderful selection of Cantonese dishes like the freshly-steamed dim sum that are truly works of art and, needless to say, rich in flavour.  

Must Try: All dim sum dishes are delicious, Peking Duck Salad, Sesame Balls, Traditional Sling.

Shangai Terrace

 

Portillo’s

100 W. Ontario Street; portillos.com

Eating an original Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo’s is just as messy as it looks, but it tastes even better. And FYI, putting ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog is sacrilege. Instead, ask your server to drag your hot dog through the garden, which essentially means you want everything on it.

Portillos

 

Play

 

Take a photo in front of the Flamingo Mural

601 N. Wells Street

Your trip is not complete if you don’t capture your Insta-perfect moment at River North’s most popular mural, the Flamingo Mural.

Flamingo Mural

 

Go on an Architectural Boat Tour

Tired of walking the streets of Chicago, but can’t get enough of the beautiful skyline? Hop on a 60-minute Architectural Boat Tour and cruise along the Chicago River for a fascinating history lesson featuring Chicago’s most notable buildings.

Architectural Boat Tour

 

Walk down River North Bank

330 N. Wabash Avenue

Not feeling the Architectural Boat Tour? No problem. Enjoy the city views strolling down River North Bank instead.  Don’t forget to grab a coffee and a doughnut to enjoy while perusing the renowned Gentlemen statues installation.

Walking Along the North Bank

North Bank

 

Visit Driehaus Museum 

40 E. Erie Street, driehausmuseum.org

Take a self-guided tour at the Driehaus Museum to experience the beautifully-restored interiors of this Gilded Age mansion. The museum also boasts an impressive array of historical pieces in their permanently- installed Driehaus Collection of fine and decorative arts.