4. River North
Okay, it’s the neighborhood foodies love to hate, with its endless proliferation of Italian concepts and aircraft hangar-sized American Pubs. All true, all fair, and yet it’s also the neighborhood of Rick Bayless and Frontera, Eataly and Davanti, Uno and Malnati’s, superior meat palaces like River Roast and Bavette’s, and a hell of a lot of doughnuts. Brash, gaudy, overpriced, clichéd, way better than you think it will be... that’s not just River North, it’s Chicago.