Michael's Top Five Restaurants in River North.
RPM Steak. Locals love this elegant, refined steakhouse that modernizes the traditional steakhouse formula. A sleek, sophisticated chophouse owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, RPM Steak is known for quality prime cuts and upscale cuisine.
Good Measure. A hip River North staple, this cozy, punk rock-themed hangout serves delicious food and classic cocktails. Catch up with friends over a cosmopolitan while enjoying the eclectic decor and sampling creative eats like Nashville hot fried duck livers, sunflower hummus, and housemade Polish sausage.
RPM Italian. Another Bill and Guliana Rancic-owned Chicago establishment, RPM Italian is a trendy, glossy contemporary Italian restaurant perfect for big groups to dine together over sumptuous plates of pasta and seafood.
Gilt Bar. Step back into the 1920s at this River North bar, a place known for its speakeasy vibe and vintage decor. The dimly lit atmosphere and excellent craft cocktails make Gilt Bar ideal for date nights and low-key hangouts.
Roka Akor. A trendy Japanese restaurant boasting an intimate fine-dining experience, enjoy some of the city's best sushi, seafood, and steak inside this stylish interior.
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A Local Speakeasy. Speaking of speakeasies, Chicago is home to multiple vintage bars that transport you to a bygone era. Watershed, The Hyde Room, and Violet Hour are among the most popular where locals and tourists alike frequent to feel worldly and cosmopolitan while nursing craft cocktails.
The Hancock Tower. The observation deck situated 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile is reason enough to ride the elevator to the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower, but the Signature Room gives you an excuse to stay awhile with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and a chic bar dripping in exclusivity.
Jazz Clubs. Chicago's music scene is undeniably extraordinary, with multiple jazz clubs steeped in old-school glamour spread throughout the city. You'll find music venues in most Chicago neighborhoods, and the most popular ones tend to be those catering to jazz. Plus, the city hosts acclaimed music festivals like the Hyde Park Jazz Festival each year.
Savor the summertime with these can't-miss activities
Pack a Picnic Lunch for Millennium Park. Grab the kids and take your family to the beautiful, historic Millennium Park on a Saturday afternoon to enjoy a picnic on the Great Lawn. No reservation needed.
Enjoy an Outdoor Movie at Navy Pier. During the summer, Navy Pier offers eight weeks of free outdoor movies in their sublime lakefront location. Families love coming here year after year to watch family-friendly features against the stunning shoreline vista.
Shop the Chicago Riverwalk. A sprawling mecca full of shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, and entertainment, the Chicago Riverwalk is one of the city's most appealing districts, offering a little something for everyone.
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