River North

River North Travel Guide

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.

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.

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.

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.

Proprietor Karl Sorensen travels to Europe and South America three times a year to bring back rare finds for his home and tableware shop. Whether it’s a vintage belt from the Italian army or a Victorian-era teapot, Sorenson has a flair for unearthing items that aren’t mass-produced.

This elegant cocktail lounge, located on the ground floor of Chicago's Peninsula hotel, is a popular after-work hangout for locals and travelers in-the-know. Wood-paneled walls and a roaring fireplace pair nicely with the mix of jazz and funk music to create a low-key atmosphere.

The world’s largest collection of boutiques geared toward home furnishing and renovation, LuxeHome is a 100,000-square-foot space lined more than 30 shops selling everything from appliances to tile.

Established by two architects in 2001, Orange Skin is dedicated to providing American customers with access to modern international design.