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Café Iberico - Spanish Restaurant | Tapas Bar in River North, Chicago

River North restaurants seem to outnumber the upscale hood’s clubs and lounges, no small feat considering this gallery district is nightlife central for the city’s elite. Some eateries mimic the area’s trendy, sexy nightspots, while others cater to the many visitors staying in River North hotels. Wherever they fall on the trendmaker/tourist spectrum, restaurants in River North tend to all be raucous affairs for big crowds.

Old favorites anchor the neighborhood, and their longevity does not scare away the trendy crowds that converge on River North for clubbing and gallery-hopping. Tapas spot Café Iberico and pan-Latin-American dance club Nacional 27 have survived as hotspots because of their energetic vibes and delicious food. Huge tables of friends pass around the small plates at Iberico while patrons of Nacional 27 take a break from eating to salsa it up on the restaurant’s dance floor. New buzzworthy spots take their cue from these veterans and pair impressive food with lively rooms. Many of these spots boast fusion cuisine, from Sunda’s Asian/sushi fusion to Mercadito’s new take on Mexican.

Locals and out-of-towners alike also head to the neighborhood’s more casual spots, which resemble frat parties more than cocktail soirees. Bachelorette parties flock to Howl at the Moon, a restaurant with dueling pianos, while frat types are drawn to the purposely-rude service at Dick’s Last Resort. Visiting hipsters have a place in River North as well; Andy’s Jazz Club brings in world-class talent to accompany meals, and Purple Pig jumps on the all-things-pork foodie trend. River North is known for its A-listers, but restaurants exist there for every kind of scene.

Popular River North Restaurants

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  • * Sunda All Ages / All Types / Asian Food

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