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Neighborhood Highlight: Gold Coast is the Best Coast

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Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is located between North Avenue and Oak Street, Lake Shore Drive and Clark Street. This area borders Old Town, Lincoln Park and River North and is known for its luxury shopping, top-of-the-line housing and stunning views of Lake Michigan. If you’re considering moving to Chicago, this may be the neighborhood for you!

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Gold Coast History

According to the Gold Coast Neighbors, in the 1800s, the Gold Coast was originally dubbed the Astor Street District, paying homage to John Jacob Astor, a wealthy founder of the American Fur Company. After the great Chicago fire in 1871, Lake Shore Drive was created and businesses began popping up. Owning a car became more popular so local families would joyride along the lake to view the many mansions under construction including the Palmer gothic castle at 1350 North Lake Shore Drive. Over the next decades, executives and owners from the timber and liquor industries moved in, followed by high-end shops to cater to the wealthy.

By the early 1900s, more affordable housing was created, allowing individuals of a more diverse population to move in. Since then, the neighborhood has been home to many famous people including the founder of the Chicago Tribune and former Mayor Joseph Medill and even Playboy’s Hugh Heffner.

Today, the area is made up of mostly high-end businesses and older, well-preserved houses that have been split into multiple family residences. The stunning brownstones and greystones range from Romanesque to Georgian Revival styles with a few new condominiums popping up to offer unmatched views and modern architecture.
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Local Food and Drink Hotspots

The Gold Coast neighborhood features part of the Magnificent Mile, a world-famous stretch between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue. While here, visit the 900 North Michigan shops to peruse seven levels of luxury retailers like Gucci, kate spade new york, Club Monaco and Robert Guild Jewelry.

Those interested in visiting a fascinating museum should visit the International Museum of Surgical Science to view 10,000-square-feet of exhibits showcasing medical advancements, tools and surgical techniques. The collections change, though, so check out what’s coming up next before making your trip here.

When you get hungry, go to 1260 N. Dearborn to visit 3rd Coast Cafe. This city staple sources local ingredients and features a new dinner menu every night including options for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Dine on house scones with farm fresh eggs for breakfast or grab a dinner special like a calzone, Chinese chicken soup or Adobo steak.

For traditional Italian fare, head to Carmines at 1043 N. Rush Street. The classic spot features brunch, lunch and dinner menus and offers gluten-free options. You’ll love the 14-inch, brick-oven-fired mozzarella pizza or the specialty double pepperoni with marinara sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni.

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Kid-friendly Entertainment

If you’re looking for an outdoor area to let your kids romp, head to Goudy Square Park at 1249 North Astor St. The .61-acre playground was redone in 2014 and offers a soft surface playground great for kids of all ages. Washington Square Park at 901 N. Clark also offers a beautiful green space for families to stroll with the unique Chicago skyline in the background.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, head to Oak Street Beach at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive for some sun and sand. This is a great spot to go people watching as it’s frequented by tourists and locals alike. Swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty, and there are designated grill areas for barbecuing on-site. After enjoying Lake Michigan, enjoy a sweet family treat at Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago at 50 E. Walton St. where customers can choose from a variety of tasty baked goods including cookies along with a side of ice cream.

Make Gold Coast Your Home

If you’re ready to live a life of luxury near the lake, consider moving to the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. This high-end area offers nightlife and shopping all within walking distance of stunning houses and apartments. Talk to the KlopasStratton team to learn about available listings and get the inside scoop on the best coffee spots, sweetest sales and coolest boutiques around.

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Neighborhood Highlight: Gold Coast is the Best Coast