Will the second season of “The Bear" have a more accurate representation of the posh River North neighborhood?
Once known as Smokey Hollow because of all the factory smoke at the turn of the 20th century, River North was transformed by developer Albert Friedman in the ‘70s. He renamed the area and rented cheap commercial spaces to artists and advertising agencies.
Today, River North has no shortage of trendy bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Julio Lyon, lead doughnut guy at the Doughnut Vault, has worked in River North restaurants for the past 10 years. Kevin Smith is a longtime resident. They shared their recs with Hey Chicago.
Something to eat
After going to the Doughnut Vault, get a spicy flamenco omelet and shakshuka at Meli Cafe. Check out James Beard finalist Obélix and the city’s oldest steakhouse Gene & Georgetti. Mr. Beef inspired "The Bear!"
Something to drink
Something to see
For the sporty and adventurous, kayak the Chicago River with Wateriders. Take the Chicago Architecture Center’s river cruise. Don’t miss Art on the Mart, a free art projection on the Merchandise Mart in the summer between 8:30–9 p.m.
Something to do
Julio and Kevin are longtime listeners and readers of the City Cast Chicago podcast and Hey Chicago newsletter. Want to help us pen a neighborhood guide? Let’s talk!
Speaking of “The Bear,” Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper says the new season, out on Hulu Thursday, delivers.