Generally considered to be part of downtown Chicago, the Gold Coast is just steps away from Lake Michigan and the Loop, making it one of the most expensive and exclusive areas in Chicago. Streeterville (the area east of the Magnificent Mile) is a smaller neighborhood in the Gold Coast.
Location & Area
- North Boundary: 1600 N North Ave
- South Boundary: 800 N Chicago
- East Boundary: ~200 E Lake Michigan
- West Boundary: 150 W LaSalle
- Primary Zip Code: 60611
Current Trends and Facts of Gold Coast Chicago
For Chicago visitors and residents, shopping is abundant. The Magnificent Mile runs through its southern tip, with designer boutiques, hotels, and fine cuisine. The John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place claim residence in the Gold Coast. Residents also enjoy beautiful Oak Street Beach and the beachfront parks and pleasures it provides. Navy Pier, Chicago’s number one tourist attraction, is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike, providing a day’s worth of diversions with an amazing Ferris wheel, carousel, IMAX theater, dozens of shops and restaurants.
Navy Pier also has a wonderful Children’s Museum as well as concerts, performances, and events.on Lake Shore Drive. Over the next few decades, Chicago’s elite gradually migrated from Prairie Avenue to their new home north of the Loop.