Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

About Gold Coast

In the case of Gold Coast, the name really says it all. This affluent neighborhood on Chicago's Near North Side is home to some of the city's chicest professional types. Full of luxury shopping, dining, and upscale condos and townhomes, Gold Coast is a glamorous urban oasis. The neighborhood embraces its local arts and culture, including a number of theatres and art spaces.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $129,900 to $18,750,000

Closed Prices: $109,000 to $6,500,000

Median Sale Price: $399,999

Average $ per sq ft: $372

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $300, $175 to $10689/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1868 to 2016

Sq. Ft.: 450 to 20002 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 11 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 13 Bathrooms

Around Gold Coast

Yes, the Gold Coast is expensive, but just because the neighborhood is known for its mansions doesn't mean you have to live in one. The (relatively) recent surge in condominium developments have provided more affordable options, although you'd get a bigger bang for your buck in other neighborhoods.

A Chicago historic district, Gold Coast used to consist mainly of mansions which can still be found on the west end of the neighborhood for those who want a lavish yet historic dwelling. If you're looking for a more modernized feel, try the high-rise condominiums located on Lake Shore Drive.

Gold Coast's elite are known to frequent Rush Street for dining, where residents can find everything from casual chains like to famous steakhouses like Gibson's and Carmine's. One of the highest concentrations of restaurants in the city, Gold Coast is always bustling with a crowd late into the night.

Crowds of shoppers carrying bags from designer boutiques and specialty shops. Business professionals and families headed to a nice dinner out. Plenty of tourists enjoying the cultural aspects of one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, like the views of the famous Hancock Building or shopping at Water Tower Place.

Catch an eclectic show at the Red Orchid Theatre, followed by dinner at one of the famed bistros on Rush Street. Thanks to Gold Coast's proximity to downtown, heading to a rooftop lounge means great views of the skyline. If you're into the club scene, Gold Coast has you covered, but if you want a more mature crowd there are also high-end bars around almost every corner.

Check out the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or get a dose of academia at the beautiful Newberry Library. If you can sift through the crowds of tourists, Oak Street Beach always has something fun to offer, from lakeside cocktails to beach volleyball tournaments. And if shopping is your cup of tea, there's no better place to be to peruse every designer shop imaginable.

The Red Line--which is one of the most expansive train lines in the city and follows a long north/south route--has a station at Clark/Division, taking you to the Loop in just a couple minutes. Bus routes provide direct access to the Museum Campus, the gluttony of bars in Lincoln Park, and to Sheridan Avenue. Beyond public transportation, you can hop on your bike and go north or south on Lake Shore Trail, and your rideshare commute back home won't be as congested as your coworkers who live in the Loop.

Locals Love

  • Endless shopping and dining options
  • Living in one of the most lavish areas
  • The beautiful architecture

Locals Don't Love

  • A very touristy crowd
  • Bad traffic

Neighborhood Reviews

4 Reviews

Beautiful, tree-lined streets

Kaylin H
The Gold Coast offers premiere shopping and dining, along with nearby neighborhood amenities. While the Gold Coast is historically an upscale, expensive neighborhood, it is possible to find a condo within a reasonable asking price. A draw to the neighborhood is definitely its beautiful tree-lines streets. It gives off a neighborly feel while staying urban with it's high-rise buildings. Through the summer there is a farmer's market held on Division Street to get locally grown produce and fruits. Also, during holidays like Halloween and Christmas, the grand mansions go all out to decorate their homes—it's worth a walk through! The only downside to neighborhood is the expensive pricing, the noise from Division, and incredibly crowded Clark/Division Red Line stop.

Prime real estate!

Joan D
Can't get a better location near lake and to explore Chicago than the Gold Coast!

Nice for a Price

Samantha R
Gold Coast can occasionally feel so fancy it's impersonal, but if you're looking for a big, historic looking home near great shopping it's hard to go wrong.

Expensive homes and great restaurants

Todd W
Gold coast has some great shopping and awesome restaurants. Expect to pay a lot for a home or condo in this neighborhood.
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