Chicago’s River North started off as an industrial zone and later metamorphosed into a warehouse hub and when the warehouses become redundant during the 70s, the huge, empty buildings caught the fancy of artists who were looking for ample space to build their studios. Thus an artistically rich yet struggling community came into existence in this Chicago neighbourhood. The beginning may have been humble, but today this place is abuzz with all the modern facilities and is now considered to be one of the most sought after places by tourists having the highest concentration of exclusive restaurants.
This neighborhood has the second largest concentration of art galleries in the country, bettered only by Manhattan. There are more than 100 art galleries in this small location as well as over 20 antique shops and warehouses that are famed for their collection of objets d’art, prints, Paintings and antique furniture.
River North is a great place to indulge in food as the place is agog with a variety of restaurants that offer a wide range of offerings starting from Thai, Mexican, Italian, Brazilian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean and American. Some of the famous eateries of River North include: Klay Oven, Ben Pao, and Bottlefork and are unique for their food offerings in the whole of Chicago. Other famous chains of restaurants in the neighbourhood include Rainforest Café, Hard Rock Café, and Ed Debevic’s. River North houses a large number of famous bars and grills such as Blue Frog Bar and O’leary’s Public House, which was named after Mrs. O’Leary, the owner of the infamous cow that allegedly knocked over a lantern and started the great Chicago fire of 1871.
Considered to be the counterpart of Soho neighbourhood of New York, River North homes for sale are one of the most sought after by real estate buyers and investors. The modern, chic, trendy, and artistic environment attracts a host of real estate enthusiasts.