Dotted with architectural gems that range from vintage row houses to doorman high-rises, Gold Coast is a quiet, well-preserved retreat in downtown Chicago. Its tree-lined streets host many of the city’s most prestigious homes and afford residents superior access to Lake Michigan.
While Gold Coast has a mostly serene, neighborly feel—with vintage architecture contrasting with more contemporary mid-rise and high-rise condo buildings—its bustling commercial areas can be found along strips of Oak, Rush, and Division Streets.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
East to West Lake Michigan to Clark Street
North to South North Avenue to Oak Street
Nearby Neighborhoods Chicago Loop, Streeterville, River North, and Old Town
$109,000 to $6,500,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$0 to $300, $175 to $10689/mo
450 to 20002 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$129,900 to $18,750,000
0 to 11 Bedrooms
1 to 13 Bathrooms
1868 to 2016
Due to its lavish, historic mansions and brownstones, upscale boutiques and restaurants, and close proximity to the lakefront, Gold Coast residents are generally more affluent. The area’s highly-regarded schools and proximity to one of the nation’s largest business districts attract young families and more established professionals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An educated, affluent blend of young families and well-established professionals.
Residential character and close proximity to the lakefront, complete with beaches that bookend the neighborhood.
A largely residential neighborhood with an array of architectural attributes, the Lake Michigan-adjacent community offers first-rate access to the south end of Lincoln Park and Chicago beaches at Oak Street and North Avenue.
A rotation of lakefront recreation and fine dining by foot or taxi.
From walking the lakefront path and people-watching at one of the beach bars to indulging at renowned restaurants, Gold Coast is a trove of prominent spots.
A surprisingly tranquil ambiance despite its central location.
Since the neighborhood bar scene doesn't extend north of Division Street and a significant portion of properties are vintage buildings, Gold Coast is a prime location for quiet daytime and twilight walks.
A variety of mid-rise and high-rise condos as well as co-ops in vintage and contemporary styles.
Gold Coast has a sizeable selection of condos, albeit compact spaces at steep prices, and even a variety of affordable walk-up apartments compared to other downtown neighborhoods. Family-sized rentals are rare, and pricey when available.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Pedestrian appeal with high-end retail selections.
Just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the chic designer stores and posh salons lining Oak Street will help work up an appetite for the neighborhood’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
The Red Line, one of the city's most extensive train lines that runs north/south, has a station at Clark/Division that will take you to the Loop in just a few minutes. Bus routes connect to the Museum Campus, the gluttony of Lincoln Park bars, and Sheridan Avenue. Aside from public transportation, you can ride your bike north or south on Lake Shore Trail, and your rideshare commute home will be less congested than that of your coworkers who live in the Loop.
Gold Coast Art Fair
For the 64th year, the Gold Coast Art Fair welcomes 200 juried artists from across the country. Buy jewelry, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and other items. There will be live music stages throughout the festival, as well as delicious food, beer, wine, and sangria.