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River North, Chicago

River North has transformed from closed down factories and industrial warehouses into a neighborhood for lovers of fine art and design. Located next to the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, visitors can enjoy fine dining and drinks alongside the latest venue.

In the 1970s and 80s, entrepreneurs and artists revitalized the area making work spaces and art studios. New businesses moved to the area and River north has been a center for entertainment and creativity. A focal point for the neighborhood is the Merchandise Mart, an art deco landmark located on the Chicago River. The Mart has expansive trade showrooms with furniture and design wholesalers. Along the edge of the space are galleries, antique shops, and home stores. Other nearby landmarks include the twin corncob-shaped towers of Marina City. The building is notable for being the first building in the US to be built with tower cranes. Next door is 330 N. Wabash, formerly known as the IBM Building. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The dining scene is filled with award-winning restaurants like pizzerias and high-end steakhouses. There is a restaurant for almost every kind of palette. The nightlife doesn't disappoint either. Throughout the neighborhood are new clubs, craft cocktail lounges, and upscale wine bars.

In close proximity Graham Crackers Comics- Loop is a short walk away for those looking for a River North Chicago comic book store. A mainstay for regulars, they carry a wide selection of graphic novels and comic books in the middle of the city. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, regulars and new visitors feel welcome when coming into the store. The store also hosts regular events at the location. Ladies night is the first Wednesday of each month to discuss comics and get discounts on purchases.

For a nearby River North Chicago movie theater,The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts over 1500 screenings each year. Started in 1972, and a part of the Art Institute of Chicago, the film center was renamed to the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000. The film center runs a number of events including monthly film festivals and other special events.

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