Gold Coast

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What Its Known For

Historic mansions
Magnificent Mile shopping


Stunning lake and city views
Walkable to retail and restaurants
Tree-lined streets


Pricy rental options


Gold Coast in one word—fancy. Opulent, if you will. Set just north of Downtown and everything in the Loop, this historic, tree-lined neighborhood is home to architectural gems, high-end shopping, Michelin star restaurants, and some of the best lakefront views in the city. This area has easy access to public transportation options—most CTA lines and bus routes pass through here.


If you’re a big believer in retail therapy (yes, that includes window shopping), you’ll be a regular on Oak Street or Magnificent Mile. This area is known for housing tons of designer destinations and upscale boutiques. Once all that shopping makes you hungry, head over to Rush Street for tons of amazing coffee shops, boozy brunch spots, and top-tier restaurants.

More of an outdoorsy type? Gold Coast is also home to Oak Street Beach, where you’ll be able to hang in the sun while admiring those lake views or get your friends together for an amateur (or pro, you never know) sand volleyball game.

Gold Coast is also a dream for museum dwellers. Check out the historic Charnley-Persky House for the original version of an Architectural Digest tour, peruse the collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art while thinking “I could totally paint that”, or check out the International Museum of Surgical Science. If you’re thinking, “that last one’s pretty niche”, that’s fair, but we could all use some more appreciation for the modern tools doctors currently use to perform medical miracles, amirite?


While this neighborhood is known for its stunning mansions and historic single-family homes, there are also plenty of luxury apartment options for renters. High rises come with impressive views of Lake Michigan—which as you can guess, means they also come with a lofty price tag. But if you’ve got a budget with wiggle room, this neighborhood is perfect for those who love being close to the center of it all while still getting a walkable community feel.

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