The Gold Coast is a major part of the heart of downtown Chicago. Bordered by Lincoln Park on the north, Old Town to the West, and Streeterville & River North directly south, this area is home to some of the most exclusive shopping in the city as well as some of Chicago’s most renowned restaurants. The heart of the neighborhood are the famous Rush Street and Oak Street. strips, where residents and visitors alike enjoy a variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
The Gold Coast has been the place to live for Chicago’s influential since the first mansion was built there shortly after the Great Chicago Fire. Today, the living options are more diverse, including modern full-amenity luxury apartment and condo high rise buildings offering breathtaking views of the Chicago lakefront as well as beautiful historic residences and walkups. The Gold Coast is home to some of the most luxurious high rise condos in Chicago. Apartment rentals in the Gold Coast are in high demand, with location, the presence of original features, and the implementation of modern luxury residential amenities driving the speed at which they rent.
The neighborhood enjoys a variety of convenient bus routes, and access to the Loop, Wrigleyville and the rest of the city through the CTA’s Red Line at Division and Clark. The Red Line also runs through both baseball parks, U.S. Cellular (White Sox) and Wrigley Field (Cubs), making it incredibly convenient for those without a car. Cabs are also readily available on the streets when you want to check out a new dinner spot or go out for a night on the town.
There are many reasons why tourists flock to the Gold Coast; the primary ones being shopping and eating. Rub elbows with celebrities along the Rush Street Shops (check out our post here!) and then grab an A-List steak at Gibson’s, have some seafood at Hugo’s, or enjoy some classic American fare over at Tavern on Rush. Want to redefine your expectations of what hot chocolate and brunch can be? Head to NoMi (review here) or one of our other picks for best brunch in the neighborhood.
In regards to shopping, Oak Street is filled with 5-star stores, while Rush Street offers for fantastic people watching. After the sun sets, Rush Street offers a mature after-dinner crowd. If you want to relive your college days, consider the bars on Division Street your time capsule. If you are in the mood for dancing, go check out The Hangge Uppe, where there will probably be a line, but it is usually worth the wait. And during the summer, you can't miss watching the Chicago Air and Water Show from Oak Street Beach.