Where to Eat and Drink Along the Chicago River

Whether traveling by boat or kayak, the Chicago River — an intricate system that runs from northwest to southwest — offers a fun way to explore the city’s various neighborhoods. Such adventure is sure to work up an appetite, so here are 15 great pit stops along the way to refuel with food and drinks. From pizza to craft beer, some of Chicago’s best bites can be conveniently reached by land or sea. New additions to the list for 2020 include luxurious hotspot RPM Seafood, breakfast and brunch spot Batter & Berries, and tea experts Chiya Chai.

7. River Roast A succulent piece of chicken is right up there with life’s finest pleasures and this riverside restaurant serves up one of the best versions. Whether it’s the signature whole chicken (carved tableside), tender roast beef, or fire-roasted fish, diners have many delicious choices to sink their teeth into. On weekends, brunch service is accompanied by live blues.

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