The Gold Coast, so aptly named, is known primarily for its elegance. Distinguished by its old-Chicago mansions, the Gold Coast is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the country.
The shopping available in the Gold Coast area is first-class, as the neighborhood houses the Magnificent Mile-a significant stretch of designer chains and department stores. Michigan Avenue is home to Water Tower Place, which is arguably the best-known mall in Chicago, and the 900 Shops. The mall atmosphere may be too hectic for some, however, and if that is the case, then Rush and State streets both provide an exciting array of boutiques and designer chains such as Prada, Hermes, and Kate Spade.
There may be no neighborhood better than the Gold Coast to visit for an evening out. Restaurants such as Tavern on Rush and Hugo’s Frog Bar provide some of the highest-quality dining available. Meanwhile, the underground jazz clubs such as the hidden Le Passage set the stage for an unforgettable night; though a more relaxing evening, spent perhaps at Belle Lounge with a bottle of wine, is always an alternative.
Family fun is always easy to locate, too, with Oak Street Beach nearby. The Gold Coast also houses a number of prestigious private schools. Between the 19th century mansions and the wonderful school system, the Gold Coast is a desirable, family-friendly neighborhood.
The Gold Coast draws its appeal mainly from its beautiful architecture and distinct history, but one cannot ignore the neighborhood’s convenience. Lake Shore Drive(US-41) runs along Lake Michigan, which makes up the neighborhood’s eastern border, and provides quick access to each leg of the city. For CTA users, the State Street Red Line stop is only a few blocks shy of the Magnificent Mile; and the Clark and Division stop is close to the residential section of the Gold Coast, in addition to Rush and State streets’ collection of dining options and shops
The Gold Coast has a reputation as “the” Chicago neighborhood; and-as any visitor or resident can attest-it’s earned it.