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River West is a small, several block area within West Town, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. This area is east of the Kennedy Expressway and west of the south branch of the Chicago River. It is bordered by Division Street and Grand Avenue. Bisected by the elevated Union Pacific Railroad tracks, the River West area is comprised of several buildings converted to lofts, a few housing developments, St. John Cantius Church, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, as well as night clubs and restaurants. There is also a small historic residential area.
River West’s economy is greatly influenced by Chicago’s status as an international center for finance, commerce, industry, tourism, telecommunications, and transportation. Tourism is important for the area. Businesses in Chicago include Chase Bank, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which is owned, along with the Chicago Board of Trade by the CME Group. The Greater Chicago area offers many opportunities for serviced offices.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Landmarks worth seeing in River West include the Division Street Russian and Turkish Baths, the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Chopin Theater. Local restaurants include the Green Zebra offering vegetarian selections and modern American cuisine and Habana Libre, a Cuban restaurant serving sandwiches and seafood.
The nearest major airport to River West is Chicago Midway International Airport located just 9 miles away. Another airport in the area is Chicago O’Hare International Airport. It operates international and domestic flights and is located 19 miles from River West. As part of its public transportation network the city has metro, bus, and train services, along with trolleys and ferries providing additional transport to more remote locations. Chicago’s Union Station is the main hub of Amtrak’s Midwestern routes, making Chicago one of the most convenient U.S. cities in terms of rail transportation.