A lively, metropolitan vibe in a location that is impossible to beat
Touting prestige, beauty and a location within the city that is unparalleled by any other, Gold Coast is an iconic neighborhood in more ways than one. With immediate access to Chicago's immensely popular Oak Street Beach, a variety of Michelin rated restaurants, and world-famous shopping on the Magnificent Mile, it is one of the most desired areas in Chicago. Gold Coast is generally considered part of the downtown area and gives off a metropolitan feel while also retaining its neighborhood-like quality, which only heightens its appeal.
The northern border of the Gold Coast lies at North Ave., the south end is Chicago Ave., to the east is Lake Michigan, and to the west is La Salle Blvd. Gold Coast is surrounded by Old Town, River North, and Lincoln Park. Food and entertainment options are everywhere and for most residents, getting around on foot is the preferred method of transportation, as everything is within close proximity. The red line, as well as numerous buses and cabs, will get you where you need to go if walking is not an option.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Gold Coast is full of landmarks. The lobby of the Drake Hotel, built in 1920, remains one of the most luxurious and well-known landmark hotels of Chicago. And don't miss the Chicago Water Tower, one of few structures to survive the great Chicago fire of 1871. Built in 1968, the John Hancock Building is 100 stories tall. A small square at the base houses restaurants, while the building itself is both a residential center and corporate office location. The iconic building is a landmark and can be seen from most any spot in Gold Coast.
With block after block of upscale, swanky restaurants to choose from, the Gold Coast has no shortage of food or drink. Upscale dining, steak houses, Italian options, and all types of fine cuisine can be found along Rush Street.
If shopping is your thing, you have come to the right place. Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile as well as State St. and Oak St. are found here. Between luxury and boutique shopping, as well as more mid-range stores like TopShop and Zara, there are options to suit everyone regardless of price point. Shopping downtown is as much about the experience as it is what you're buying. Next to the Hancock building is the Water Tower Place shopping mall. The shopping mall is eight stories tall and has over 100 stores, while the building itself is over 70 stories and houses office space above the shopping mall.
There are some great little unassuming spots in the area as well as having Navy Pier in easy walking distance. The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier was modeled from the very first Ferris Wheel, designed for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.
Sports & Outdoors:
Oak St. Beach is the most prestigious in the Gold Coast. A day spent with family or friends at this beach does not disappoint. There are bike rentals, kayak rentals, volleyball courts, on-duty lifeguards, and a restaurant and bar that serves delicious food to satisfy the hungry beachgoers. The Gold Coast/Streeterville neighborhood has many small parks and public spaces. The Lake Shore Park is one of the largest at six acres. The park has a full size track, several tennis courts, and a field house.
Arts & Culture:
Several universities house major departments in the Gold Coast/Streeterville neighborhood. Northwestern Law School's campus is in the heart of the neighborhood as well as The Latin School of Chicago. The school, formed in 1888, is one of the most prestigious, and rigorous, schools in the Midwest.
Navy Pier in Streeterville (just south of the Gold Coast) is Chicago's most popular tourist attraction, whether you're a kid or an adult. The Chicago Children's Museum takes kid-friendly to a whole new level. In addition to the Ferris Wheel, there are over 50 acres of parks, gardens, and other attractions. In 2012, the Children's Hospital moved to a brand new building; the Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital is consistently one of the top in the nation, and serves 150,000 patients a year, with a staff of over 4,000.