River North

Cultured by day, swelling with energy by night.

Welcome to River North

Cultured by day, swelling with energy by night.
Dormant factories and industrial warehouses adapted by artists and entrepreneurs into workspaces in the 1970s and 1980s have since paved the way for a surge of new businesses. Today, the profoundly populated, culturally rich area with converted lofts and stretches of upscale retail is always buzzing.
Once an old manufacturing and warehouse area, River North is now Chicago’s most fashionable and trendsetting neighborhood. Historic architecture is beautifully melded with modern design and amenities, and it’s only steps away from the city’s premier shopping along Michigan Avenue.

What to Expect:

A vibrant area dense with shops, art galleries, office spaces, restaurants, nightclubs, and people.
The round-the-clock atmosphere attracts people from all over, 24/7.

The Lifestyle:

Infinite entertainment options within walking distance.
Just across the bridge from the Loop, this stylish, urban neighborhood has become a go-to district for art aficionados, shopaholics, foodies, and cocktail connoisseurs to live, work, and play.

Unexpected Appeal:

A bona-fide playground for grown-ups to explore at their leisure.
Due to its downtown location and lack of single-family homes, it can be difficult to settle down with a brood here. But it’s perfect for those looking to absorb all the city has to offer sans young children.

The Market:

Luxury high-rises along the river and Victorian-era homes on tree-lined streets.
Most buildings are an enticing mix of mid-rise, turn-of-the-century lofts as well as coveted condos and rentals in high-rises with skyline views, all at skyward price points.

You'll Fall in Love With:

Dramatic skyline views, varied architecture, and shops galore.
Some of Chicago’s oldest buildings still stand here as symbolic reminders of the city’s rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The bridges and riverwalk offer incredible perspectives of these soaring, iconic structures, so be sure to look up for a moment when traversing from shop to shop.

Overview for River North, IL

24,227 people live in River North, where the median age is 37 and the average individual income is $130,304. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

37 years

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Around River North, IL

There's plenty to do around River North, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Very Bikeable
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Rider's Paradise
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Mind Body Defense, Rockwell Barbell, and Get Fit with Bill Witte.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Active 4.65 miles 24 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.73 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.39 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.52 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.83 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 3.78 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for River North, IL

River North has 15,871 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in River North do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 24,227 people call River North home. The population density is 58,101.44 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.12 / 50.88%

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Schools in River North, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby River North. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Frances Xavier Warde School
PreK - 8th
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