River North Restaurant Guide
Chicago's River North neighborhood is a vibrant, eclectic, and amazing foodie destination. From its iconic pizza joints and legendary steakhouses to its modern cocktail lounges and farm to table restaurants, River North puts you in the epicenter for Chicago's spectacular dining scene.
When you stay at Kinzie Hotel, you'll be in the heart of the River North restaurant scene. Step outside, take in the warm glow of the city's inspiring lights, and treat yourself to a truly unforgettable meal.
Your Chicago foodie adventure begins at Kinzie Hotel. Now start exploring.
River North Dining
River North is home to one of the densest, most competitive, and most delicious dining scenes in the country. There are well over a hundred great spots within a mile of Kinzie Hotel, and, frankly, you can't go wrong with any of them.
To help guide you epicurean adventure, we've put together a list of some standout places to keep in mind during your stay. You're bound to find something amazing.
Located next door to Kinzie Hotel, Public House is part gastropub, part corner tavern, and part sports bar. Its casual atmosphere, Midwestern-inspired fare, and rotating tap list make it an awesome place to hang out after work, grab a few drinks before hitting the town, or wind down with some smoked wings after an epic night out. They also serve up a stellar brunch and killer bloody marys.
Don't feel like heading down to the restaurant? Order room service to have Public House delivered directly to your room.
Public House Hours
Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
400 N State Street | Less than a Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Behold Chicago's one-stop destination for all things Italian. Located on Chicago's Mag Mile, the 63,000 sq. ft. complex features wine shops, Italian grocers, six restaurants, kitchen stores, cafes, and gift shops.
For a casual dining affair, check out Osteria di Eataly, whose seasonal small plates lend to a relaxed experience. Eataly's seafood-centric Il Pesce offers rotating, chalkboard selections showcasing responsibly sourced fish.
Centered around an amazing, circular wine bar, La Piazza acts as an Italian marketplace; here you can visit cheese, charcuterie, pizza, seafood, and other stations, and share your selections with friends and family in a communal setting.
For a truly unique experience, check out Eataly's current rotating pop-up restaurant. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, these one-off pop-ups will feature new, exciting concepts and showcase different regional cuisines from around Italy.
43 E Ontario Street | A Seven Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Located across the street from Kinzie Hotel, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse offers an undeniably Chicago experience. From its classic tiled floors and memorabilia-lined exposed brick walls to its old school Italian-American fare, Harry Caray's delivers classic dishes in a classic setting. The steaks are awesome, but don't overlook their calamari, pasta dishes, or signature homemade potato chips.
Whether you're going to watch a game, looking for an old-school Chicago experience, or just want a solid meal after a long day of meetings, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse never disappoints.
20 W Kinzie Street | One Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
GT Fish & Oyster
While Chicago build its culinary identity on pork and beef, the city also boasts a number of world-class seafood restaurants. At the helm of the award-winning Chef Giuseppe Tentori, the contemporary but inviting, Michelin starred GT Fish & Oyster offers some of the city's finest and most beautiful seafood dishes.
With hot, chilled, and raw preparations, the restaurant's creative, seasonally-inspired menus feature thoughtful, modern seafood dishes that celebrate the bounty of the sea.
531 N Wells Street | Nine Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Frontera Grill | Topolobampo | Xoco
No discussion of Chicago food is complete without mention of the Rick Bayless. For over 30 years, his refined, soulful, and authentic Mexican fare has pushed the boundaries of flavor in Chicago.
Today, Bayless operates three restaurants at Clark and Hubbard. Frontera, Bayless's flagship restaurant, serves thoughtfully prepared, regional Mexican dishes that strike the perfect balance to salty, smoky, sweet, spicy, and rich. At Topolobampo, he distills Fontera's explosive flavors into a Michelin starred, fine dining atmosphere. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Xoco takes it to the streets. At Xoco, you'll find deeply flavorful Mexican soups, wood-fired tortas, and homemade hot chocolate.
445 N Clark Street | Four Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
There are few things more soul-satisfying on a cold Chicago night than a piping hot bowl of Tokyo shoyu ramen from the Slurping Turtle. In addition to big bowls of nourishing noodles, the contemporary, bi-level Japanese spot also serves up creative maki rolls, pork belly bao, and some ridiculously good duck fat fried chicken.
The Slurping Turtle also offers to-go service, which really hits the spot after an epic night of cocktails and fun in River North.
116 W Hubbard Street | Four Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Deep Dish Pizza
Chicagoans have strong opinions and unwavering allegiances when it comes to deep dish pizza, and the Kinzie Hotel team just can't decide upon a single favorite. Pizzeria Due's gooey pies, historic charm, and loyal following definitely make them a contender for best in the city. Over on Wells, Lou Malnati's sweet, crunchy cornmeal crust takes deep dish pizza to a whole new level. You can't go wrong with Gino's East either; pairing their homemade beers with their meaty legend is an undeniably Chicago experience. After you embark upon your, Chicago deep dish tour make sure to let us know what you think!
The Purple Pig
Cheese, swine, and wine is the ethos of the Magnificent Mile's Purple Pig. A living homage to the communal experience of the Italian dinner table, the Purple Pig specializes in snout to tail fare, house-cured meats, farm-to-table antipasti, and approachable European wines.
Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Purple Pig has earned numerous Michelin Bib Gourmand awards and consistently delivers one of the city's very best dining experiences.
500 N Michigan Avenue | Eight Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Gene & Georgetti's
There's no shortage of spectacular steakhouses in River North. We certainly love the creativity relative newcomers like Bavette's, Chicago Cut, and RPM Steak, but nothing can replicate the unmistakable old school charm of Gene & Georgetti's Restaurant.
Their expertly broiled steaks, huge portions, and consistently delicious desserts have rightfully established them as Chicago legends. If you're looking for a true Chicago institution, Gene & Georgetti's is the place for you.
500 N Franklin Street | Ten Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Bars in River North
Since its earliest days, Chicago has been a town that enjoys a well-deserved libation. As a city, we've come a long way from the bootlegging days of Prohibition, evolving into one of the country's premier craft beer and cocktail destinations. With over fifty breweries within city limits, hundreds of boutique cocktail bars, and a vibrant, contemporary nightlife scene, Chicago is on the cutting edge of American beverage culture. During your visit to River North, don't miss the opportunity to sample beers from breweries like Half Acre, Pipeworks, Off Color, and Three Floyds or cocktails made with locally distilled spirits from Letherbee, Koval, and Few.
With so many incredible options all around you, you're bound to have an unforgettable time exploring River North's unrivaled bar scene.
Three Dots and a Dash
Tucked away in the tropical catacombs beneath the bustling River North nightlife scene, Three Dots and a Dash introduced a creative tiki vibe to Chicago's cocktail culture. Featuring both traditional tiki drinks and inventive tropical creations, the glassware, garnish, and fanfare of each meticulously made drink is worth the trip itself.
To find this lost, tropical oasis, you'll need to enter through the building's back door, which is accessible through the alley. If you're looking for the storefront on Clark (in front of Bub City), walk around the corner onto Hubbard, take a left at the alley (next to Firecakes Donuts), and you'll see the tiki torches glowing.
435 N Clark Street | Three Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Pops for Champagne
We get it. You don't actually need an excuse to pop a few bottles of champagne, treat yourself to some oysters, caviar, and cheese, and see where the day takes you.
That's why we adore Pops for Champagne, River North's premier destination for all things bubbly. Perfect for an impulsive mid-afternoon mimosa, an epic night out, or a much deserved post-shopping prosecco, Pops for Champagne's expansive, award-winning menu perfectly suits any occasion.
601 N State Street | Six Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Live honky tonk? Check. Hot chicken and house smoked American barbecue? Check. A carefully curated menu of sweet, sweet bourbon? Check.
River North's Bub City has everything you need for a rollicking good time in River North. The perfectly executed, southern-inspired barroom combines the casual country atmosphere of a Nashville dancehall, the flavors of an Austin smokehouse, and the inventive, contemporary style of downtown Chicago. How can you go wrong?
435 N Clark Street | Four Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Perfect for a romantic night out, the sleek, dimly-lit Gilt Bar specializes in contemporary American fare, craft cocktails, and decadent desserts. With rich leather couches, a gilded bar, a speakeasy-style library, and a glowing sepia hue, Gilt Bar offers a quiet, thoughtful setting for an intimate night out. Cozy up with a Sazerac, order some truffled pasta to share, and settle in for a sophisticated night out in River North.
230 W Kinzie Street | Seven Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Fadó Irish Pub
Brimming with character and the nostalgic charm of a good Irish pub, Fadó provides the perfect retreat from the modern, vibrant energy of River North. Comprised of three floors with different personalities, Fadó Irish Pub has a great whiskey list, an awesome shepherd's pie, and a welcoming, familiar feel that draws locals and visitors alike. Grab a properly poured Guinness, find a nook, and unwind in one of the city's finest pubs.
100 W Grand Avenue | Six Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Nostalgia runs deep at River North's Headquarters Beercade. With classic arcade games, pinball machines, and plenty of your favorite childhood movies and shows on the TVs, Headquarters is a great place to have fun, geek out, and let your inner youth run wild. To make the experience better, Headquarters also boasts an extensive craft beer menu, craft cocktails, and chef-driven bar food.
213 W Institute Place | Twenty Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel
Howells and Hood
For an epic craft beer selection, head to Howells & Hood on Chicago's Mag Mile. With 119 unique beers across 360 taps, Howells & Hood boast one of the city's most impressive beer programs. On a sunny, summer day, grab lunch on their outdoor patio, drink beer under the gothic crown of the Tribune Tower, and take in the bustling energy of Michigan Avenue.
435 N Michigan Ave | Twenty Minute Walk from Kinzie Hotel