RIVER NORTH—

Where Chicago - - NAVIGATE -

This trendy area fea­tures one of the na­tion’s largest con­cen­tra­tions of art gal­leries. Named for its prox­im­ity to the Chicago River, the area ex­pe­ri­enced ex­plo­sive gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in the 1980s, with artists and gallery own­ers as the early pi­o­neers who in­creased its ap­peal. Night­clubs, trendy restau­rants and eclec­tic shops round out the of­fer­ings. Hug­ging the Chicago River is the mam­moth Mer­chan­dise Mart, hous­ing the world’s largest col­lec­tion of home fur­nish­ings show­rooms.

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