Published on March 2, 2016

5 River North Restaurants Chicagoans Love

Trying out a new restaurant in River North? Here's a list of River North restaurants locals and critics love.

5 River North Restaurants Chicagoans Love

1. The Boarding HouseThe Boarding HouseThe Boarding House offers simple dishes made with only the freshest products. At the first floor's main bar, guests can enjoy a selection of 20 wines by the glass, 450 wines by the bottle, custom cocktails, specialty spirits and craft beers to pair with traditional cheese and charcuterie provisions or the full menu of Mediterranean-driven fare. The third floor features a magnificent dining room of exposed beams, inlaid hardwood floors and tables, large bay windows and plush banquettes.

2. Mercadito

MercaditoMercadito serves up authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting. With a menu filled with shareable small plates composed of fresh, homemade ingredients, the eatery offers a variety of dishes, complemented by the expansive beverage program. Tasty cocktails, tequilas, mezcals, beers and wines round out the convivial atmosphere in the spacious, modern dining room.

3. Sixteen

SixteenSixteen offers French-inspired American dishes in an elegant space in the Trump International Hotel & Tower. With Chef Thomas Lents at the helm, the restaurant offers a la carte items for breakfast and lunch, a brunch buffet and tasting menus at dinner — all filled with seasonal ingredients. Stunning 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower.

4. Celeste

CelesteCeleste offers a modern and refined take on the classic cocktail lounge and supper club, serving sophisticated, seasonal American plates. The beverage program allows diners to enjoy great mixed drinks along with a versatile wine list and craft brews. Reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Chicago, the glamorous multi-level space culminates in an elegant rooftop garden, Louis Sullivan tile and ivy-covered brick walls.

5. Pops for Champagne

Pops for ChampagneRenowned for its namesake, Pops for Champagne offers an impressive list of sparkling wines and cocktails to pair with its selection of seasonal small plates, meats and cheeses. Perfect for celebrating, the elegant spot features a spectacular translucent bar and live jazz, which create a fun, festive vibe.

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