by Jeffy Mai
Whether by boat or kayak, the Chicago River — an intricate system that runs northeast and southeast from Lake Michigan — presents the perfect opportunity to explore the city’s various neighborhoods. Such adventure is sure to work up an appetite so here are 12 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.
Beatnik on the River
One of 2017’s most buzzed-about openings has set up shop along the downtown river. For folks who can’t snag a table at Bonhomme Hospitality Group’s popular hotspot over in West Town, this new outpost presents another opportunity to try the creative cocktails and Mediterranean-influenced plates. The 120-seat patio space captures the essence of the original and is decked with lush plants, cozy couches, and prime views. In addition, the space also houses an all-day café, dubbed Café Bonhomme, that offers coffees, juices, pastries, and sandwiches.
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