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Best things to do in Near North, Chicago

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Neighborhood
“Just a 6-10 minute drive down Lakeshore and you are in the heart of downtown! ”
210 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
69 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
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“Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef. Great burgers too! Try the chocolate cake and shakes for dessert.”
74 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“This is an underground Tiki Bar, The neighborhood (River North) is a Tourist hotspot. Follow the blue line of lights down the alley. Don't be scared.”
59 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Chicago Renowned Steaks. Hugo’s Frog Bar is also A+ and hey share a kitchen. Hugo’s for Fish, Gibson’s for Steak. Lots of Suits Frequent this place! Exceptional food and service. ”
62 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Expanded outpost of a famed pork & wine specialist with an open kitchen & a chic, airy setting.”
56 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Perhaps the best thing to do when visiting Chicago if the weather permits. The boat architecture tour is amazing, get the sunset cruise tickets.”
70 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Try the deep dish pizza and the Malnati salad! Please note, nearest one on Addison is carryout or delivery only.”
47 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Chicago's infamous Deep Dish & Stuffed Pizza! There are a few popular spots for this but I like Lou's. Chicago Style Pizza is loaded with ingredients in a pie like crust and take a bit of time to cook, ask if you can place and order before being seated to get a head start on things.”
56 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Good food but a great, Chicago staple bar scene. All Chicago locals know Tavern on Rush.”
40 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Magical. Expensive, but worth it. Get the Old Fashions. You can split a steak, easy. ”
33 locals recommend
Bar
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“Perfect for a girls' night or fun date night. Loud atmosphere, chandeliers, and great food. Be prepared to talk 100 decibles louder than you're used to. ”
43 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“THE FAMOUS DEEP DISH PIZZA!! Is it worth the wait? You'll have to give it a try to find out!”
25 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“This is a great concert venue. They constantly have bands performing, big names too!”
26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Quartino is one of our favorite Italian restaurants downtown Chicago. They have an amazing menu, but be aware they are full the usual dinner times, we like to go there during the day.”
26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Bar/Lounge this speakeasy has it all! Live music, performances, black and white movies, a whiskey bar (just to name a few things) ”
34 locals recommend