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Online voting now open: What’s the best in River North?

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Residents and patrons of businesses in Chicago’s River North area can now have their say!

Voting is now open for the Best Businesses of the River North area. The newly named THAW (Top Honors Awards and Winners) awards are organized each year by the River North Business Association.

Sponsors this year include Erie-LaSalle Body Shop, Mancuso Motorsports and Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North.

Voting is now open and can be accessed on The public can vote for the nominated businesses or write and submit their own favorites.

Winners will be announced at the THAW Awards Party. It will be held on Thursday January 16th at Cuvee lounge on 108 W. Erie Street.Tickets may be purchased at to attend the evening.

Dean Richards, entertainment correspondent at WGN TV and WGN Radio will the emcee at the awards event.

Nominees include:

River North’s Best New Restaurant

  • Ay Chiwowa
  • Bub City
  • Bar Louie
  • BlackFinn Ameripub

River North’s Best Restaurant

  • Moe’s Cantina
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Weber Grill
  • Zed 451

River North’s Nightlife Destination

  • Castle
  • Cuvee
  • Fedora Lounge
  • The Redhead Piano Bar

River North’s Best Business or Service

  • Artistic Blooms
  • Moolagram
  • North Bank

River North’s Best Hotel

  • Aloft Chicago
  • Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
  • The Allerton Hotel
  • The Amalfi Hotel

River North’s Best Non Profit Organization

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Anti-Cruelty Society
  • Open Books

River North Business Association comprises of more than 325 businesses in the area.

The neighborhood has long been a popular terminus for residents and visitors for the array of restaurant, bars, retail and sporting options in the area.

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