There is no shortage of things to do in River North. Known for its restaurants and nightlife, there are also several attractions and options for entertainment. Whether you want to go bowling or play ping pong, listen to live music or browse a museum, you can find it in this downtown Chicago neighborhood.
If arcade games are your thing, then Headquarters Beercade is your place. The bar is filled with vintage arcade games and pinball machines, including Ms. Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Tron. The games are free and you can choose from 70 craft beers when you get thirsty. Prefer ping pong? Head to SPiN. Located next to the House of Blues, this is the Chicago location of Susan Sarandon’s table tennis concept.
At House of Blues you can see both local and national acts from several music genres. For the blues head to their Back Porch stage. This is just one of several music venues in River North, including another legendary blues club, Blue Chicago. Jazz fans can find favorites at Andy’s Jazz Club, and late night music lovers will feel right at home at Underground Wonder Bar.
In 2012 the Museum of Broadcast Communications moved to its permanent location in River North. Exhibits present historic and contemporary radio and television and includes the National Radio Hall of Fame.
While not technically a museum, down the street is Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, which is filled with sports memorabilia. For more exhibits they’ve got a full-fledged Chicago Sports Museum on the seventh floor of Water Tower Place. If you dine at their restaurant on the same level your admission is free.
Art fans will love browsing the galleries in the River North Gallery District. This is the highest concentration of galleries outside of Manhattan and art can be found in any medium and from multiple eras. Some galleries even offer works by Dali and Picasso for true, deep-pocketed collectors.