Taste of River North


Friday, July 19, 2024 | 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, July 20, 2024 | 11am to 10pm
Sunday, July 21, 2024 | 11am to 10pm
torn 350x350


click here for the digital guide
This annual foodie fest gives discerning palates and weary art shoppers a gratifying taste of the best of everything trendy River North has to offer – and in one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods. Hosted by River North Residents Association, ToRN reflects the extraordinary characteristics of its neighborhood: spectacular food and world-class art and design with a conscious eye on the environment.
Revelers will now enjoy THREE days of great River North restaurants, artists, local merchants, and a family fun area!

6:00pm – UltraBeat
8:30pm – Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

12:00pm – Dog Parade
1:00pm – School of Rock
3:00pm – Renegade Wildflower
5:00pm – Too Fighters

Vibeapple presents…
6:30pm – Amari
7:30pm – Alex Kislov
8:30pm – Inphinity

1:30pm – Recorded Music
3:00pm – Run Forrest Run
5:30pm – Radio Gaga
7:30pm – Trippin Billies

5:00 PM – Bop City (Disco Deli)
7:00 PM – Erik Mclaughin
8:30 PM – WOOLF
11:00 AM – DJ Slicks
12:30 PM – Orikul
2:00 PM – Sunny
3:30 PM – Girasole
5:00 PM – Sam White

Lure Fishbar: Lure Fishbar is a seafood restaurant offering not only the freshest fish selections from around the world but also a complete raw bar with rotating oyster selection, and a world class sushi program.

Moe’s Cantina: Your ultimate destination for an authentic taste of Mexican food and drink in Chicago. With two locations: River North and Wrigleyville, their restaurants offer the perfect blend of classic Windy City charm and modern dining and nightlife. Their River North location is perfect for happy hour, dinner and a night out, or hosting unforgettable events. Their Wrigleyville location boasts a stunning rooftop bar and is a must-visit for Cubs baseball fans and tourists.

Tree House Chicago: Tree House Chicago serves uniquely crafted pizzas and Italian-inspired bar classics. Whether you’re a classic Neapolitan fan or cheesy Detroit-style Pizza lover, Tree House has something for everyone. Vibrant seasonal cocktails, bottomless mimosas and a stellar beer lineup make for a damn good time. 

Chick-fil-A: As a family-owned business, the Cathy family has been working together for 70 years. Just as Truett Cathy built Chick-fil-A alongside his wife and children, today several second and third generation Cathy family members are carrying on that tradition, while others pursue talents in other fields. Working in a variety of different capacities, from staff headquartered at the Chick-fil-A Support Center to serving local communities as restaurant Operators, they’re coast-to-coast helping people “Eat Mor Chikin®.

Hubbard Inn: A fixture on Hubbard Street for almost a decade, Hubbard Inn is now reopened after months of renovations. Guests will enjoy an evolving cocktail experience along with artistic presentations of contemporary fare as they move throughout the multi-leveled venue.

Ground Up Coffee: They’re a cup above their competition when it comes to your morning (or anytime!) pick-me-up.  They source amazing beans and roast here in Chicago for an optimal taste and experience.  Plus, pair it with their delicious homemade bites and you have a winning combo!

Avli: Creative Greek food where tradition meets contemporary elegance.  That’s their motto and, well, their food certainly makes this a reality!  We welcome them back and look forward to tasting their salads, kabobs and so much more!

Joy District:  It’s likely you’ve heard about Joy District because of their high-energy atmosphere but did you know they have food too?  From their wings with signature sauces to their crispy pizzas, you’ll be pleasantly surprised what they have in store.

Tzuco:  Carlos Gaytán was born in Huitzuco, a small town in Guerrero, Mexico in 1970. At the age of 20, he headed to Chicago, Illinois looking for a life change, unaware that his gastronomy and his mother’s special gusto would play a crucial role in his future.  Tzucho is a perfect space for Chef Gaytán to bring his recipes to Chicago at Tzucho.  We cannot WAIT to sample their amazing spread and bites.

UMMO:  New not only to this fest but River North itself!  UMMO is a contemporary Italian restaurant that showcases the dynamic flavors of regional Italian cuisine within a vividly designed and imaginative setting.  They use simple ingredients to create masterpieces so be sure to stop by their booth to sample some of the best food around!

La Grande Boucherie:  Inspired by the carefree spirit and the philosophy of La Belle Époque era, BOUCHERIE was created to be the perfect blend of an indulgent steakhouse and a refined Parisian brasserie. Envisioned by founder Emil Stefkov, the design expresses a reverence for elegant craftsmanship and tradition. The intricate details built in collaboration with numerous French artisans and existing features of American architecture bring elements of the past into a distinctively modern space. BOUCHERIE aims to provide an unforgettable brasserie dining experience, inspired by the most natural methods possible of sourcing and preparing food.

OLIO E PIÙ: A tasting River North establishment that brings Italian tradition and true sense of Mediterranean liveliness to vibrant neighborhoods in NYC, Chicago, and Washington D.C. As an authentic trattoria, its cuisine is based on classic Italian dishes, with a focus on house-made pastas, hand-stretched pizza, and time-honored favorites such as Caprese salad, fritto misto, and tiramisu. The lineup changes according to the season.  Welcome them to Taste of River North!

From wine to spirits, join us daily to elevate your Taste of River North experience!  These mini tastings are a perfect way to start or end your day.  Choose a session, grab a ticket and join us to sample some unique wines and spirits.



Tasting details:

  • Friday (WINE), 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday (SPIRITS); 1pm to 3pm; 4pm to 6pm
  • Sunday (SPIRITS); 1pm to 3pm; 4pm to 6pm

Tickets are limited to 400 participants. You do not have to show up at exactly 6pm — feel free to come at your leisure. The tasting should take about an hour.



Does your furry friend have what it takes?  Have them strut their stuff at the 2nd annual Taste of River North Dog Parade!  Choose from the following categories when you register:

  • Best in Show (no registration required, all dogs will participate)
  • Best Rescue
  • Best Large Breed
  • Best Small Breed
  • Best Costume

Saturday morning schedule:

11 am Check In
11:20 Introduction – Reg Closes
11:35 Small Breed
11:45 Large Breed
11:55 Costume
12:05 Rescue
12:15 Results

The mission of the River North Residents Association is to:

  • Protect and enhance the quality of life in River North
  • Encourage strong collaboration and communication between residents, businesses and government officials
  • Promote responsible real estate development and land use
  • Advocate for infrastructure improvements that contribute to long term value
  • Contribute to a safer neighborhood and a healthy, sustainable environment
  • Support positive community development and the creation of opportunities for disadvantaged Chicagoans

The River North Residents Association is a tax-exempt, non-profit, volunteer-led neighborhood advocacy organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

We have teamed up with Eventeny to make your exhibitor registration easier than ever! Please note that you will have to create a new profile and register on this new platform if you haven’t done so yet.

Vending Applications

We do not provide guaranteed exclusivity to any participant/exhibitor or category. We work on a first come first serve basis when approving vendors. We would highly recommend everyone apply as early as possible. Do not wait until the last minute as sometimes the event will be completely booked and applications will close earlier than the deadline.


Loading Events