Chicago's River North: Galleries, Nightlife and Big-City Energy
Creative energy cuts through the air in our part of town, River North. This neighborhood harbors the densest concentration of art galleries the U.S., outside of New York City. Sprinkled between the artful spaces are boutiques and specialty shops. As night falls, this neighborhood's pulse quickens as restaurants and nightclubs throw open their doors, attracting visitors and locals alike.
Looking for something to do in Chicago? Who would know better than our employees! Find out how to get off the beaten path in the Windy City or check out some of the best things to do near the Hotel Palomar:
- Take a guided walking tour of the Chicago Gallery District. Tours are led by local experts and depart from the Starbucks at 750 N. Franklin Street every Saturday at 11 a.m.
- Listen to iconic sounds of live jazz at renowned venues like Jazz Showcase and Andy's.
- Grab a bite to eat at Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO, regional Mexican restaurants run by celebrity chef Rick Bayless. Don't miss the cuisine at our very own adjacent restaurant, Sable Kitchen & Bar, where you can indulge in creative social plates.
- Check out legendary architecture, from the Medinah Temple (now a Bloomingdale's home store) to the Tree Studio Building, an original artist colony that's now a retail hub.
- Hop on the free trolley that goes to Navy Pier. It stops just outside our door.
River North is a very walkable neighborhood. If you want to get out and explore a different part of town, take the Red Line El train (Chicago's underground and elevated public transportation) which stops a block from our doors. You can take it north to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs; or south to U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.