Best Western River North Hotel

125 W Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7168
Phone: 312/467-0800   |   Fax: 312/467-1665   |   150 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Experience the Windy City from a convenient location just minutes from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier!

The Best Western River North Hotel is an affordable and convenient choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Offering great rates and deeply discounted parking, this downtown Chicago hotel makes it easy to explore the city's most famous attractions, from Navy Pier and Willis Tower to world-class shopping along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

Some of Chicago's most famous museums are less than two miles away, and visitors of all ages delight in exploring Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. And what visit to Chicago is complete without a ball game? Whether its baseball, basketball or football, this Chicago Best Western is within five miles of Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, The United Center and US Cellular Field.

Business travelers appreciate that this Chicago hotel is conveniently located near educational, medial and machinery businesses, the Chicago Financial District, and the Chicago Loop Business District. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is just 12 miles away from this Chicago hotel.

The Best Western River North Hotel is known for its great service, friendly staff, cleanliness and amenities that make guests feel at home. Our nicely appointed, contemporary rooms and suites offer cable TV with HBO®, high-speed Wi-Fi, room service, a coffee maker and much more. After a busy day in the bustling city, guests at this Chicago hotel can enjoy a deep-dish pizza at our onsite restaurant, take a dip in our indoor pool, or relax on the sun deck and take in the marvelous city views.

Find out why we have been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence when you book your stay at the Best Western River North Hotel!


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Restaurant on-site
  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Indoor pool
  • Sunbathing - Sundeck, with un-matched skyline view
  • Exercise facility, open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast available, Nominal fee may apply.
  • Elevators
  • Multilingual staff, English and Spanish
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baggage hold
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Business center, PC and printer available, Internet connectivity
  • Fax services
  • Photocopy services
  • Catering
  • Air-conditioning
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Locker room
  • Interior corridor
  • Concierge
  • Porterage/bell services
  • Cable or satellite television
  • Computer available
  • Dataports
  • Video billing
  • Parking for the physically challenged 25.00 nominal fee, 35.00 In/Out
  • Valet parking, 25.00 nominal fee. 35.00 In/Out
  • Outdoor parking, 25.00 nominal fee. 35.00 In/Out
  • Paid parking, 25.00 USD, nominal fee is 25.00 USD per night. In and Out privileges are an available optional for an additional nominal fee.
  • Complimentary coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Complimentary newspaper in lobby
  • Cash machine(ATM)
  • Free wireless Internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless Internet access; Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms

Best Western River North Hotel

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Conveniently located, the best western river north hotel in Chicago, Illinois is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 41.892195  /  Latitude: -87.632015


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: The north. Take 94 East, and exit at 50B Ohio Street. The Best Western River North Hotel is four blocks down the street, on the right-hand side.

From: The south. Take 94 West, and exit at 50B Ohio Street. The Best Western River North Hotel is four blocks down the street, on the right-hand side.

From: The east. Take 90 to 94 West. Exit at 50B Ohio Street. The Best Western River North Hotel is four blocks down the street, on the right-hand side.

From: The west. Take 290 to 94 West. Exit at 50B Ohio Street The Best Western River North Hotel is four blocks down the street, on the right-hand side.

Best Western River North Hotel

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Most Popular Area Attractions

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

Enjoy the Blues in Chi-town

The Windy City is known for many things, including its food, sports, media, arts, theater and music. To begin enjoying all that Chicago has to offer, make your way to Grant Park, in the downtown historic Chicago Loop community. Since 1984, Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell has hosted the Chicago Blues Festival. Each June, blues music fans gather together to celebrate the history of blues music by listening to performances of blues, soul, blues-rock and jazz blues music.

This three-day music festival was created to honor McKinley Morganfield, also known as Muddy Waters, "the father of Chicago blues". Join in the festivities and have fun listening to local and top-tier nationwide musicians. The festival's rise in popularity has made it the "world's largest free concert of its kind" and the city's largest music festival.

Chicago Jazz Festival

Jazzman on the bass

Hear live jazz in Chicago

Get ready for a good time in Chicago. Over Labor Day weekend, make your way to downtown's historic Chicago Loop, for the Chicago Jazz Festival. This four-day, free jazz music festival is held in the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park. The festival was established in the late 70s, by consolidating three separate August festivals into one large festival.

Attend this wonderful festival to hear performances by local musicians, top musicians from around the world and musicians from the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Past performers include, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Roy Haynes, BB King, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. Many performers continue late-night performances, after the festival is over. 

Chicago Marathon

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Chicago Marathon

Featuring running from across the country and over 100 nations, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an annual race happening each October. The marathon courses through central Chicago, ending in Grant Park.

The Chicago Marathon also features special events like the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, and the 27th Mile Post-Race Party at Butler Field.

A Gold Label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the Chicago Marathon is also a spectator’s delight.

Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre

The famous Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre, built in 1921, was originally named the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre. The marquee outside of this flagship theatre, represents the unofficial symbol for the city of Chicago. In 1983, this Chicago Landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was one of the first in the country to be built in the Neo-Baroque French-Revival style and remains the oldest of its kind in Chicago.

Throughout the years, the theatre has hosted premiere films, plays, concerts, speeches and magic shows. Step inside this beautiful seven-story building, to see the five-story grand lobby decorated in a French Baroque style, the grand staircase and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy standing on the stage during the Marquee Tour and learn of its rich history. 

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Historic Chicago Water Tower

The Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Illinois, is home to the Windy City of Chicago. Whether flying into Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport, arrive in Chicago ready to enjoy a theater production, eat delicious food, shop and see the city landmarks. Make your way to downtown's Michigan Avenue, to view the historical Chicago Water Tower.

This 154-foot limestone tower, built in 1869, housed a 138-foot standpipe for holding water used for firefighting. It worked in conjunction with the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station, to pump fresh water from Lake Michigan for the city's use.

This beautiful city landmark resembling a castle, is one of a few historical buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. In 1969, it was designated the first American Water Landmark. While on the Magnificent Mile in the city's Near North Side community, stop by the visitor information center in the tower to learn more about its rich history. While there, spend a few minutes browsing the photographs in the City Gallery, housed in the tower.

DePaul University

DePaul University

Explore DePaul University in Chicago

A top private school in Chicago, DePaul University was established in 1898, and is split into two main campuses – the Loop campus and the Lincoln Park campus. The campuses are less than five miles apart – the Lincoln Park Campus features more of the liberal arts colleges, while the Loop Campus is home to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and the law school. Explore the Chicago area and be sure to pay a visit to DePaul University

Once on or near campus, don't miss out highlights like the Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park campus, and the Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building on the Loop campus. Your Chicago visit should be met with sports, as the DePaul University Blue Demons thrill fans, especially in basketball. Visit the Allstate Arena for men's basketball games, or check out the Sullivan Athletic Center for Blue Demons women's basketball games. 

Grant Park

Visit Grant Park, IL

World famous Grant Park Fountain

Recreational areas in the lively city of Chicago were established as early as 1844, a few years after the city was founded.

A large park along the shore of Lake Michigan, originally known as Lake Park, became Grant Park in 1901, honoring former United States President Ulysses S. Grant. This 319 acre downtown park is located in the historic Chicago Loop area. Visit Chicago soon.

Throughout the years, Grant Park has been the site for many city events including the 1911 Chicago International Aviation Meet, Taste of Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, Lollapalooza and the start and finish line for the Chicago Marathon.

Features of this incredible park include Buckingham Fountain, Chicago's Museum Campus, Petrillo Music Shell, Congress Plaza, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Hutchinson Field and several gardens

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Enjoy a tour of the Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is located near the shores of Lake Michigan in a lush natural park, minutes from downtown Chicago. Founded in 1868, the zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America, and is an ideal destination for families visiting the Chicago area. Spend a wonderful day exploring over 1,200 animals including polar bears, gorillas, monkeys, penguins, reptiles, sea lions, tigers and lions.

The Carousel and Children's Train Ride are also fun rides for little ones. Stop by the Wild Things! Gift Shop to shop for toys, books, clothing, jewelry and hand-made items. Open daily and free-of-charge, a visit to the zoo is fun for all Chicago visitors.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier

While in Chi-Town, be sure to include a visit to one of the historical landmarks in the city. The Chicago Navy Pier, along the Lake Michigan shore, remains a top tourist attraction in the city. The 3,300-foot pier, originally named Municipal Pier #2, was built in 1916 to provide space for lake freighter cargo.

In addition to the passenger steamers that docked along the pier, it was used as a place for the public to gather and for Navy training during World War II.

After a major renovation in the early 90s, Navy Pier grew to be the most visited attraction in the city of Chicago. The pier is home to a concert stage, a Ferris Wheel, the Chicago Children's Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium in IL

Take the family to the Shedd Aquarium

A thrill for visitors young and old, the Shedd Aquarium is nestled against the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Plan your next visit to the Chicago area and be sure it includes time spent exploring the Shedd Aquarium. Built in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium is a premier destination for visiting families. 

As you explore the Shedd, you'll be able to view nearly 1,500 different species of animals, including 25,000 fish – there's five million gallons of water in total at the Shedd. Originally known as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, this educational wonderland features exhibits like Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Abbot Oceanarium, and the Polar Play Zone.

Soldier Field

Soldier Field

See the Bears play at Soldier Field

Built in 1924, historic Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the NFL. It has been the proud home of the NFL's Chicago Bears since 1971. After some modernization in 2003, Soldier Field seats over 63,000 rabid Bears fans every Sunday.

Apart from the stadium's extensive history with Da Bears, Soldier Field has been a terrific host for many different sporting events in the Chicago area over its extensive history. Most recently, a outdoor NHL hockey match was played in frigid weather between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Taste of Chicago

Foodies in the vibrant city of Chicago love a fun event centered around food. The Taste of Chicago features fun, food, music and entertainment, in historic Grant Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline. From the humble beginnings in 1980, the festival has grown in popularity becoming the "world's largest food festival" and the largest festival in Chicago. This five-day festival, held each July, definitely doesn't disappoint for the millions of people attending.

Schedule plenty of time to taste a variety of Chicago-style food, ethnic foods and regional foods from numerous participating restaurants. Some of the favorite foods include, Chicago-style pizza, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, Chicago hot dogs, Eli's Cheesecake, barbecued ribs and Italian Beef

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Tour the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago first opened in 1879 on the corner of State and Monroe Streets, with a simple mission of exhibiting a variety of art and educating students. The museum was built in its current location in 1893 from the rubble of the 1871 Chicago fire. The museum houses fifteen collections, including Textiles, Photography, Contemporary, Modern and European Decorative Arts. The Touch Gallery encourages visitors to feel the art to enrich their experience and appreciation of art.

Spend a few days exploring the many attractions, shopping, dining and recreation in Chicago. Best Western hotels offer comfortable accommodations and excellent guest services at several locations throughout Chicago. Make the most of your time in this exciting city.

United Center

Launching its legacy in 1994, the United Center is home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks during months of October to April. The arena is located in downtown Chicago and is structurally the largest arena in the United States.

The United Center is known locally as "The House that Jordan Built", due to the success of the Chicago Bulls during Michael Jordan's tenure on the team. The arena can seat up to 23,000 fans for a variety of versatile events – famed concerts, NCAA tournament games, and Ultimate Fighting Championship matches frequent the illustrious arena during the offseason.

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Tour the University of Chicago campus

One of the state's private research schools, the University of Chicago is just inland of Lake Michigan, a block west of Jackson Park, and a top destination for prospective students in the Chicago area. Established in 1890, U of C educated an average of 15,000 students overall on a yearly basis based on enrollment numbers. Travel into Chicago and plan a visit to the U of C. 

Don't miss out on the Mitchell Tower, modeled after the Magdalen Tower at the University of Oxford. Rockefeller Chapel, built in 1928, is another of the top campus attractions, along with the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, home to the U of C Maroons athletics teams – check out volleyball, swimming, basketball, and wrestling. 

University of Illinois at Chicago

A public research university located near the Chicago Loop, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest university in the Chicagoland area. Its Near West Side campus serves approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduates.

UIC is known to have the largest medical school in the United States and is a central part of the Illinois Medical District. The university also offers over 70 bachelors degrees, over 75 master degrees, and 60 doctoral degrees through its 13 schools and colleges.

As the UIC Flames, the university competes in 14 varsity sports. Visitors can attend games at the UIC Pavillion basketball arena, baseball's Les Miller Field, and soccer's Flames Field.

US Cellular Field

Formerly know as Comiskey Park, MLB's Chicago White Sox take the field at US Cellular Field every summer. Opened in 1991, the ball park can seat over 40,000 baseball fans on game day – centrally located in Chicago.

After many renovations, the ball park now houses many different modern amenities like the two-level Bull Pen Sports Bar – featuring a full range of food and drink options while fans enjoy the game. Come cheer on the Sox this summer at US Cellular Field.

Willis Tower

Willis Tower

Make your way to the top of Willis Tower.

Formerly Sears Tower, Willis Tower stands at an impressive 1,451 feet – offering incredible views of the Chicagoland area. From 1973 to 1998, it was the tallest building in the world – and at 108 stories, it remains the tallest building in America.

Located on the Chicago Loop in downtown Chitown, Willis Tower was the headquarters for Sears, Roebuck & Co. from 1973 until 1992.

Today, visitors enjoy a quick, 60-second ride to the 103rd floor for an incredible view of the city from the 1,353-foot-high Skydeck. Each year, more than one million tourists visit the Skydeck.

Test your fear of heights in one of the glass-bottom skyboxes – allowing visitors to look through the floor to the city below.


Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

Embrace the winter and have fun at Chicago's top attraction. Make your way to the Chicago Navy Pier for the Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier. This month-long December event offers plenty to do for the entire family. Lace up your ice skates for fun at the Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice Skating Rink, ride the fast-paced Himalaya or check out the action in the Glacier Run Simulator. Festival-goers love the Winter Wing Glider, Tinsel Tunnels, Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course, Gumball Bouncer, Matterhorn Climb and Slide, Slippery Snowflake Slide and the Holiday Howdy Horse.

Those ready for a challenge have fun on the Extreme Ice Trail Ropes Course and Snowy Summit Climbing Wall. Little ones have a blast on the Ferris Wheel, Kringle Carousel and the Reindeer Express Train Ride. With a variety of live entertainment, WonderFest characters and the New Year's Eve Fireworks show, be sure to stay in town for a few days to do it all. 

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field score board

Watch the Cubs play at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field has been the home field for the Chicago Cubs baseball team since 1916. The field was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark in America.

Over 41,000 fans pack the stadium to watch the Cubs play at Wrigley, and it's a premier attraction in Chicago. The field was originally named Weeghman Park for the Chicago Whales. This was before being renamed Wrigley Field for the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., the owner of the team.

While in the Chicago area, visit the ballpark for a guided tour to learn more about its rich history and beginnings. The ballpark, nicknamed, "The Friendly Confines," also offers educational tours for kids.

Baseball fans can partake in a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stadium to better understand its 97 year history. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful ivy-covered outfield walls. 

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 0.50 mile(s) from Michigan Avenue Shopping, the famed Magnificent Mile
  • 1 mile(s) from WillisTower
  • 1 mile(s) from Water Tower Place, multi-level shopping
  • 1.40 mile(s) from Navy Pier, dining, entertainment, shopping, tours and boat rides all on one multi-attraction lakefront pier.
  • 1.50 mile(s) from Adler Planetarium
  • 1.50 mile(s) from Field Museum of Natural H
  • 2 mile(s) from John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • 2 mile(s) from The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks
  • 2 mile(s) from McCormick Place Conventio
  • 2 mile(s) from Solider Field, home of the Chicago Bears
  • 5 mile(s) from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs
  • 5 mile(s) from US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox
  • 6 mile(s) from Museum of Science and Ind
  • 0.5 mile(s) from The Magnificent Mile, of North Michigan Avenue.
  • 0.5 mile(s) from State Street
  • 0.2 mile(s) from gallery/antique area

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • Indoor pool

Nearby Restaurants

  • Across the street from Hard Rock Cafe, Full Service, Steak House, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, You won't have to walk far to check out the great rock and roll memorabilia.
  • 0.20 mile(s) from House of Blues, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: dinner, now opened in Chicago. This great Blues Club owned by Belushi and Ackroyd
  • 0.10 mile(s) from The Cheesecake Factory, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,

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