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Michael's Top Five Restaurants in River North.


RPM Steak. Celebrities and locals alike love this gorgeous steakhouse that exudes understated glamour. Owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, RPM Steak is River North's see-and-be-seen spot. 


Good Measure. Folks looking for terrific cocktails at good prices, creative bar food, and more edge than other downtown spots will find that and more at this industry-approved hangout on Chicago Avenue. 


RPM Italian. The Rancics are back again. Everything we said about RPM Steak holds true for their Italian restaurant, too. The bucatini here is some of the best in Chicago.


Gilt Bar. Gilt Bar is a dark restaurant that feels a little like a speakeasy and is great for dates. It’s particularly great for holing up in the winter with heavy favorites.


Roka Akor. Steak, seafood, and sushi are served in a stylish modern dining room with neutral tones and soft lighting at Roka Akor.

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Shaken, not stirred. Michael's Top Spots for a Night Out.


A Local Speakeasy. It’s late, you want a drink and feel like being covert for whatever reason. Slide into a speakeasy like Watershed in River North, Hyde Park’s The Hyde, or the famed Violet Hour in Wicker Park.


The Hancock Tower. The observation deck takes guests up to the 94th floor until 11 pm, while the Signature Room, a classy bar on the 95th floor that offers the same awesome views, stays open until midnight.


Jazz Clubs. Chicago can't claim to be the birthplace of jazz, but it's undeniably a city where the genre is thriving and evolving. Some of the city's best music venues are places where saxophones and improvised music dominate the calendar, introducing audiences to living legends and rising talent.

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Summer Activities

Where to See-and-be-Seen This Summer. 


Dine Alfresco in Millennium Park. While the city boasts plenty of great restaurants with outdoor seating, there's something wonderfully old school about going on a picnic. The best part? You don't need a reservation—just grab a blanket, pack up some food or order takeout and find your way to one of the most peaceful picnic spots in Chicago.


See an Outdoor Movie at Navy Pier. Lakefront attraction Navy Pier is cautiously moving ahead with a slate of free cultural programming this summer, including a lineup of outdoor flicks at Polk Bros. Park, featuring family-friendly films that visit exotic locales. Grab a socially distanced seat on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm.


Hang out on the Chicago Riverwalk. The Chicago Riverwalk has been one of the city's top attractions since it was expanded in 2015, making way for restaurants, bars and stellar views of architectural marvels.

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