One of Chicago’s most affluent and influential neighborhoods, the Gold Coast is a mix of grand 19th century mansions, luxury high-rise condominiums and renovated gray and brownstone walkups. Here, old and new seamlessly blend together with the connecting thread of wealth and status. Shaded avenues, landscaped walkways and prim wrought-iron fences add to the neighborhood’s refined appeal. A stroll among the massive stone structures that once housed many of Chicago’s wealthiest and most influential families is breathtaking.
Sharing the block with lofty, contemporary condos are majestic, symmetrical Georgian Revival mansions and impressive, stone-turreted Richardsonian Romanesque townhouses that unquestionably suit the elite, but welcome the attention of any passerby. In fact, Gold Coast neighborhood architecture and history is celebrated by annual walking tours sponsored by various architectural foundations.
Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood (including the Streeterville and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile neighborhoods) is true to its moniker – Perhaps the finest Chicago luxury real estate is located here. A long time elegant and sophisticated stop for living, working and playing, Chicago’s Gold Coast can lead you up the finest shopping strip west of Park Ave. – North Michigan Avenue’s Mag Mile – home to Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Prada, Burberry just to name a few. An expanded list can be found at Water Tower Shops, Bloomingdales, The Shops at Northbridge and The Magnificent Mile.
Equally famous Oak Street, and is home to dozens of boutique designers including : Hermes, Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Lester Lampert, Harry Winston, Geneva Seal, and of course the famous Barney’s New York. Chicago’s Gold Coast is hands-down the wealthiest neighborhood in the city.
The Gold Coast neighborhood boundaries extend to North Ave. on the north, Chicago Ave. on the south, Clark on the west and The Lake on the east.
In the late 1800s the area was known as the Astor Street district and ran from North Ave. to Division Street. In fact, the names of former and current Gold Coast residents reads like a who’s who of Chicago – include the icons Potter Palmer, Marshall Field, Kenneth Goodman, Joseph Medill, Cyrus McCormick and Levi Leiter. Current Gold Coast and Chicago noteables include Richard Driehuas, Vince Vaughn, Joan Cusack, Billy Dec, Ty Warner ….
Keep an eye out while strolling Michigan Avenue and you may also run into Channing Tatum, Shia LaBeouf, Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar . . . and many more as Chicago has been leading the way in the film industry as the site for Transformers 3, Transformers 4, Chicago Code, Chicago Fire, Jupiter Rising, Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, The Crazy Ones and many more . . . Take a pic of your favorite actor or scene, email your photos to : Photo@GoldCoastExclusive.com and you may be featured in our photo gallery !
Within the Gold Coast you will find Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, a residential pocket located between Michigan Ave. and the lake – Urban living at its most sophisticated. Luxurious offices are everywhere – A high concentration of the city’s major media firms and advertising agencies are located along Michigan Ave. You will also find the most desirable shops (Niketown, The Disney Store, Apple Store ), top rated restaurants and world class theaters are mere steps away. New and vintage high-rise and mid-rise condominiums or co-ops are the prevalent forms of housing. The Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University’s downtown campus and medical center are famous residents here.
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