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Gold Coast

Located just outside the Loop, Chicago’s Gold Coast is the city’s “it” neighborhood. From the very beginning, Gold Coast was only inhabited by the most powerful and affluent individuals. Big names like Potter Palmer, Archbishop Patrick Feehan and Hugh Hefner (yes, that Hugh Hefner) have all resided in this lavish neighborhood at one point or another.

Gold Coast residents need never dream of island paradises (at least not in the summer), given the neighborhood’s expansive beaches and jaw-dropping lakefront views. Oak Street Beach is a getaway in itself with bike trails, jogging paths and green plots for picnics. If you’re not up for packing your own lunch, the beachside Oak Street Beachstro serves up a classic American food menu at its palm tree-covered cabana-style café.

Gold Coast

Off-beach dining options are endless in the Gold Coast, ranging from upscale steakhouses to understated Italian burger joints. The only downside to many of these well-known spots is the tourists that often flock to them on weekends. But seasoned locals know the best times to dine and have become experts at avoiding out-of-towner chaos.

Aside from great outdoor recreation and first-rate restaurants, Gold Coast offers, hands-down, the best shopping in the city. The world-famous Magnificent Mile begins in the Gold Coast and runs south down Michigan Avenue. This strip of big name department stores and upscale boutiques attract locals and tourists alike. The crush of weekend shoppers can make this area more than a little chaotic, especially during holidays, but there’s no better place in Chicago for retail, fashion and couture style. The Mag Mile is where Chicagoans get their fix of high-end boutiques and elite chains as well as mid-priced mall clothiers and name brand products. Some designer favorites among Gold Coast fashionistas include Prada, Barneys New York and Kate Spade.

You wouldn’t expect Chicago’s richest neighborhood to have anything less than the most expensive homes. Just take a look at Gold Coast’s nineteenth century mansions, luxury high-rise condos and renovated grey and brownstones. A simple stroll around the neighborhood and you’ll be itching to join the ranks of Chicago’s local elite. And for a couple million, you can live among the best. Most detached residential real estate in the Gold Coast starts above $1 million, but private single-family properties can easily reach the multimillions. However, if you’re living the single life, you just might find a steal. Gold Coast has a few studios and one-bedrooms that can cost anywhere from $170,000 to $600,000.

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Dining in Gold Coast

Albert's Cafe
52 W Elm St
Cuisine: French
Amarit Thai Restaurant
1 E Delaware Pl
Cuisine: Thai
Bar Chicago
9 W. Division
Bella Luna Cafe
731 N Dearborn St
Cuisine: Italian
Billy Goat Tavern
430 N. Michigan
Blue Agave Restaurant
1050 N State St
Cuisine: Mexican
Bone Daddy
551 N Ogden Ave
Cuisine: Barbeque
Bozwog's Second Story Bar
157 E. Ohio
Cape Cod Room
140 E. Walton Place
Cuisine: Seafood
Cru Wine Bar
888 N. Wabash
Dick's Last Resort
435 E. Illinois
Dozo Sushi & Lobster
100 East Walton St
Cuisine: Sushi/Seafood
Dragonfly Mandarin
1206 N. State Street
Cuisine: Asian
Johnny Rockets
901 N Rush St
Cuisine: American
La Sardine
111 N. Carpenter St.
Cuisine: French
Leg Room Bar
7 W. Division
Mario's Gold Coast Ristorante
21 W Goethe St Ste 1A
Cuisine: Italian
Mike Ditka's
100 E Chestnut St
Cuisine: American
800 N Michigan Ave
Cuisine: Seafood
O'Neill's Bar and Grill
152 E. Ontario
Quang Noodle
804 N State St.
Cuisine: Asian
Zebra Lounge
1220 N. State

Resources in Gold Coast

Northwestern Memorial
251 E. Huron
Columbia Michael Reese North
60 E. Delaware
Foot Ankle Clinics of America
1001 N. Dearborn
Herron Medical Center Ltd.
1150 N. State
Post Office
227 E. Ontario

Parking in Gold Coast

856 N. Clark 1410 N. State Pkwy 1555 N. Astor
33 E. Cedar 260 E. Chestnut 1005 N. State
1258 N. State Pkwy 100 E. Bellvue 1221 N. State Pkwy
200 E. Delaware 221 E. Chestnut 1325 N. State
868 N. Wabash 1445 N. State Pkwy 25 E. Walton
14 E. Cedar 1030 N. State 1415 N. Dearborn
1340 N. Astor 875 N. Michigan 1 E. Delaware

Entertainment in Gold Coast

900 North Michigan Cinemas
900 N. Michigan
Chicago's Green City Market
1601 N. Clark
Esquire Theater
58 E. Oak
Near North Farmer's Market
Dearborn & Division
Village Theater
1548 N. Clark
Water Tower Theater
845 N. Michigan

Shopping in Gold Coast

1120 N. State
25 E. Oak
103 E. Oak
900 N. Michigan
43 E. Oak
Chanel at the Drake
140 E. Walton
923 N. Rush
102 E. Oak
Europa Books
832 N. State
41 E. Oak
949 N. State
900 N. Michigan
40 E. Oak
Nicole Miller
63 E. Oak
N. Rush & Pearson
30 E. Oak
67 E. Oak
121 E. Oak
Ultimate Bride
106 E. Oak
114 E. Oak
Urban Outfitters
935 N. Rush
Water Tower Place
845 N. Michigan

Schools in Gold Coast

Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North
Loyola School of Law
Pearson & State
Loyola University
820 N. Michigan
Quigley Preparatory Seminary
103 E. Chestnut
William B. Ogden
24 W. Walton
Northwestern University -Chicago Campus
205 E. Huron