Gold Coast

Gold Coast has been one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation throughout its entire existence.

Welcome to Gold Coast

Romantic to its core, the Gold Coast more than delivers on its promise of glamour, prestige, and enchanting architecture

Glimmering high-rises line the shores of Lake Michigan in the Gold Coast neighborhood, a historic enclave overflowing with grandeur. Capped by sandy beaches at each end, the phenomenal luxury of the neighborhood melds with a wealth of outdoor activity that keeps its residents in constant motion. 
The area began developing more rapidly in the late 19th century when Chicago’s affluent began constructing the lavish mansions so ingrained into the neighborhood’s identity today. Gold Coast has been one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation throughout its entire existence, easily maintaining its extravagant and dynamic personality. 
Residential real estate in Gold Coast is an amalgamation of luxe condos, mid-and-high rises, and the occasional vintage walk-up. While even the smaller places in Gold Coast come with hefty price tags, the area’s enviable walkability and upscale commercial scene make it difficult to snag a coveted spot in the neighborhood.

What to Love

  • Teeming with dining and shopping opportunities
  • Just under 10 minutes to Downtown Chicago
  • Lakefront sports and activities
  • Status as an architectural jewel box with diverse designs and historic styles

Local Lifestyle

Gold Coast is primarily residential, with its stately homes and quiet, leafy streets tucked away from its commercial districts. Consequently, locals get the best of both worlds — high-end retail and dining minutes from their cozy, neighborly abodes. Gold Coast’s central location along Lake Michigan also gives residents exciting access to the amenities of Lincoln Park and Downtown Chicago, both minutes away.

Dining, Entertainment, Shopping

Along North Rush Street and North State Street, the Gold Coast offers up a plethora of high-end designer boutiques and Michelin-rated restaurants. Hermès, for instance, is an elite leather goods and fashion store carrying the brand’s famous collections. The master of diamonds and exquisite fine jewelry, Harry Winston is the go-to for show-stopping pieces.
Luxury isn’t limited to just the retailers, either. Award-winning restaurants like Maple & Ash step up to the plate with their posh interior and Michelin-rated chef. With a selection of sumptuous, perfectly seared steaks, and a wine menu renowned as one of the finest in the world, it’s no wonder that Maple & Ash is a hotspot for celebs and CEOs alike. 
Set inside the famed Viceroy Hotel — a 5-star, impeccable stay near The Magnificent MileSomerSet elevates American seasonal fare with the innovative techniques of Chef Stephen Gillanders. SomerSet radiates with sophisticated, country club vibes, with food served in a venue of decadent splendor.

Things to Do

The Gold Coast neighborhood is brimming with chances to grow culturally and intellectually. Museums and education centers rest right next door to the city’s superior shopping opportunities, and the Gold Coast is flush with ways to encounter nature in the midst of the urban bustle. An expansion of the mind in Gold Coast might begin with a trip to the Newberry Library, a dazzling, privately-funded research library that’s been open to the public for free since the 19th century. 
Those who appreciate the arts will want to visit the Historic Chicago Water Tower Building, an architectural landmark that now houses the City Gallery — a rotating display of work by local artists and creators. For a taste of the great outdoors, there’s Washington Square Park. The park is just across the street from Newberry Library and contains a gorgeous little fountain along with benches and serene views. 
While the boutiques of the Gold Coast are typically enough to satiate most shoppers, the neighborhood is also within walking distance of one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the country. The 900 North Michigan Shops — located along The Magnificent Mile shopping district — is a jaw-dropping building packed with seven floors of designer brands and entertainment. Among the brands are big names like Gucci, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade


Gold Coast is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  •  Latin School of Chicago, PK & K-12, highly rated private school ranked 3rd in the state of Illinois
  • The Ogden International School of Chicago, K-12, highly rated public school 
  • Lincoln Park High School, 9-12, highly rated public magnet school among the top in the Chicago Area
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