Once home to steel foundries and manufacturing warehouses, the River North Arts District (RINO, for short) has transformed into a neighborhood full of eclectic artist galleries, buzz-worthy breweries, and entrepreneurial work/live spaces.
Like so many hipster communities that popped up around the US in the last decade, RINO is a place where its past and present collide to create an architectural landscape that reflects something entirely new. Take a stroll down Larmier Street (between Broadway and 35th Street) and see how this neighborhood – in both aesthetics and spirit – represents the best of what America can be.
Housed inside a structure comprised of shipping containers is Port Side, a causal café where chef Chris Bell serves simple ingredient dishes alongside locally roasted Huckleberry coffee. The cafe recently expanded their service to include dinner and drinks for the after work crowd. Stop in for a cup of joe, or wander around the premise and try to figure out how the containers all fit together.
Across the street at Sugarmill Bistro, your sweet tooth will be satisfied! Try a freshly baked french macaroon or scoop of the housemate ice cream.
Be your own bartender at First Draft where you can sample, taste and drink all at your own pace. Just grab a punch card and choose between 40 craft brews, wines and ciders (even kombucha for the health conscious!) Bottoms up!
Topo Designs sells American made outdoor apparel and gear that can be worn on the trail or to a night on the town. Check out the flashy neon colors that adorn their shorts and pullovers or the classic plaid button down shirts.