"In most global cities like Chicago,” says Daniel Alonso, managing partner of the Bonhomme Hospitality group, “waterways have always been bustling and vibrant hubs of activity.”
Alonso, a charismatic Clooney lookalike, has made the waterfront the site of his eighth concept, Beatnik on the River, joining other top restaurateurs who are tapping into—and accelerating—the energy around the city’s dramatically renewed riverfront. For decades, even though the waterway was the original site of the city, the Chicago River has played second fiddle to the dominant shore of Lake Michigan.
Not anymore. Newly built walkways and parks allow travelers and locals alike to get closer to the water—cleaner than ever, thanks to years of improvements—and to enjoy food, drink and fun with a pleasant moving panorama in view.