When you find yourself exploring Chicago, the River North neighborhood is a must-visit. The
lively locale boasts luxury shops, high-end restaurants, historic buildings, and fabulous art
galleries. When shopping in River North, you’ll encounter everything from eclectic boutiques to
sprawling shopping centers. From vintage treasures to locally-made goods and designer apparel,
you’re sure to find something special at these five top places to shop in the area.
You can’t miss the behemoth that is theMART (formerly known as the Merchandise Mart) while
shopping in River North. The imposing landmark building was once owned by the Kennedy’s and
covers more than 4 million square feet. If you take the L, you’ll have no problem finding it
because theMART has its own transit stop in the heart of downtown Chicago! Peruse hundreds
of manufacturers’ showrooms displaying everything from fine furniture for the home and inventive
solutions for the office to luxury kitchen and bath wares. If all of the walking makes you hungry or
in need of a caffeine fix, the many cafes and restaurants on the property have just what you
need, from Au Bon Pain to Potbelly.
The Golden Triangle
Another iconic destination for shopping in River North is The Golden Triangle, an 18,000 square
foot building showcasing carefully selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the
world. If you appreciate design and beauty, then you won’t ever want to leave this store with its
amazing mix of Asian and European antiques, art, and accessories. Don’t be overwhelmed as
you wander the aisles – treat the experience as an adventure as you admire the treasure trove of
well-designed objects. Be ready to purchase something if you love it because chances are it
won’t be there for long!
Every shopper deserves to take a chocolate break, and there’s no better chocolatier than L.A.
Burdick! The chocolate shop and cafe offers handmade chocolates, European pastries, and
gourmet drinks that will make any cocoa lover swoon. Everything is made by hand following
traditional Swiss and French techniques combined with American creativity. Make sure to try the
shop’s award-winning Chocolate Mice and wash it down with a spicy dark hot chocolate.
If you’ve ever dreamt of hosting parties on gorgeous, vintage tableware, head directly to
P.O.S.H. The store’s flea market finds, hotel silver, and French kitchen accessories are popular
for being one-of-a-kind pieces that aren’t mass-produced. Plan to spend some time in the store
because there is much to look at, from French kitchen linens to Chicago-themed decor and
pancake-inspired breakfast dishes. The store is housed in the Tree Studios building, a historic
landmark that's home to the oldest known, continuously operating artist studios in the country.
The studio has been home to more than 500 artists since, and P.O.S.H. pays tribute to this fact
by naming the interior of the shop ‘Hôtel des Artistes’.
The Shops at North Bridge
Sometimes when shopping in River North, all you want is that classic upscale mall experience,
complete with a wide variety of retail stores, designer brands, and dining options. The Shops at
North Bridge delivers exactly that, covering six city blocks and standing four levels high. The
flagship Nordstrom store is reason enough to visit, not to mention the more than 50 world-class
retailers including Hugo Boss, Stuart Weitzman, Kiehl's, and Wolford. Grab a quick bite to eat in
the food court or sit down for an enjoyable dinner at one of the many popular restaurants in the
We hope you have a great time shopping in River North! If we missed a store that you’d
recommend, we’d love to hear about it. If you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a
home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d be happy to show you around our community. You can
also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.
Hope to see you soon!