Once part of the more industrialized area of the city in the 1970's, River North has reinvented itself as a vibrant neighborhood west of State Street and north east of the Chicago River, with the northern boundary of Chicago Avenue. Today, it boasts the largest collection of art galleries outside of Manhattan, as well as a variety of photography studios and interior design shops. Much of the interior design growth is due to the vast Merchandise Mart and Apparel Center, known for its interiors and buildings trade shows. Recently, the first and second floor showrooms have opened to the public, contributing to the growing artistic community.
In recent years, wide-open loft spaces, mid-rises, and spacious town homes have sprung up, reflecting the areas warehouse roots and attracting young professionals, artists, and couples alike. New high-rises are emerging in the Cathedral District near State and Huron, while Kingsbury Park, a residential high-rise community, rests in a quiet location overlooking the Chicago River at Erie Street.
Urban dwellers, as well as tourists, appreciate the neighborhood's mix of eclectic restaurants, from Rainforest Cafe to Sushi Samba Rio, every night of the week. A number of specialty ethnic restaurants sit tucked away, just waiting to be discovered. And, with the arrival of some of Chicago's most prestigious nightclubs, including Enclave and Spy Bar, River North has become one of the hottest places to see and be seen. For those who'd rather sit back and relax, there are a number of neighborhood Irish pubs and swanky lounges.
With the Loop and Michigan Avenue accessible via public transportation or just a brisk walk away, River North is an ideal community for those desiring a variety of housing options still close to the city, yet in a neighborhood with character all its own.
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