Gold Coast

Chicago, Illinois


First-time visitors to the Downtown area would be surprised to find a neighborhood like Gold Coast, a residential respite from its more urban surroundings. This is one of the few neighborhoods where one can live in a large single-family home that's walking distance from their office in the Loop

One of the first true residential pockets in the Downtown area, Gold Coast got its start when the city's wealthiest citizens moved in during the late 19th century. Those original historic mansions now exist next to rowhouses and modern high-rise condominium buildings along its tree-lined, narrow streets. Even amid the pricey Downtown area, the barrier to entry to Gold Coast is quite high (but those unobstructed lake views ...)

Homes in Gold Coast

Where To Live

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.

Price Vibes

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.

Around Gold Coast

Where To Eat

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.

Friday Night Fun

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.

The Perfect Sunday

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.

Transportation Options

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.

Living Here

Locals Love

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

Residents Say

Gold Coast's proximity to Oak Street Beach combined with fantastic restaurants and shopping make it a top place to live in Chicago.
- Gold Coast Resident

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