River North, which is located between State Street and the Chicago River, is a flourishing neighborhood that mixes residential lofts and condos and commercial properties for a pleasant variety of possibilities.
Originally, River North was an industrial area and warehouse district. When many of the warehouses closed in the 1970’s, artists and writers were attracted to the spacious loft and studio spaces. Now River North is a chic, cultural hub filled with art galleries, antique stores, boutiques and of course urban professionals. Boasting Chicago’s highest concentration of restaurants, this small neighborhood has become a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.
There are furniture stores as well in River North; most of them are specialty stores, focusing on one aspect of home décor such as lighting, wooden furniture, beds, linens, etc.
The Merchandise Mart and the Apparel Center are havens for women’s and men’s fashion; there are also small independent boutiques that sell upscale apparel for men and women.
River North is filled with over 100 restaurants, in all genres of food, including American, Brazilian, Chinese, French, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Thai and even Vegetarian.
River North is comprised of primarily professionals who have chosen this neighborhood for its proximity to the Loop, River North inhabitants live in a variety of town-homes, mid-rise condos and warehouses that have been converted into upscale lofts.
River North has a vibrant nightlife, as several of the restaurants in the area are open late and there are a number of clubs scattered throughout the neighborhood.
The colorful, energetic neighborhood of River North is cultured by day and boisterous by night. The people who live in and visit this area know how to make the most of its extensive antique and art arena, as well as sit back and enjoy its festive nightlife.