The Gold Coast is full of stunning architecture, green space, dining, nightlife, shops, history, and attractions. From some of Chicago’s most beautiful beaches and landmarks to world renowned restaurants, there’s always something to do.
The Gold Coast is comprised of a few smaller pockets of the neighborhood, including Rush Street, Oak Street, the Magnificent Mile, the lakefront, Astor Street, and Division Street, with tree-lined residential streets tucked in between.
Rush Street is known for its upscale nightlife and dining. Grab a kale salad and prosecco at Luxbar’s happy hour, oysters and steak at the classic Gibson’s, or for a posh scene and contemporary menu items, check out the local favorite, Maple and Ash. You can also find fast-casual spots like the Goddess and the Grocer, multiple trendy taco joints, smoothie and juice bars, and coffee shops. Loyola and Northwestern law schools border the southern end of the Rush Street strip.
Oak Street is another bustling Gold Coast strip that intersects with Rush Street. Oak is known for its high density of luxury stores, design houses, boutiques, and salons. Oak Street runs all the way to the water, ending at Oak Street beach. In the summer mornings, catch yoga classes on Oak Street beach.
Head just a few blocks north and you’ll find Division Street. Division Street is home to Chicago’s 4am bars. Although most of them have a dive bar aesthetic, locals love to dance the night away at the Hangge Uppe from time to time. Division Street also has many conveniences including a flagship Jewel Osco supermarket, Walgreens, and a CTA Red Line station that will take you to the Loop in just minutes. On summer weekends, Division Street also hosts a farmer’s market.
If you continue north across Division, you can’t help but be awe struck by the architecture. Stunning, perfectly maintained mansions from the last 150 years line the quaint, shady streets. If you really want to be in the thick of historic Gold Coast architecture, stroll down Astor Street, known for exactly that.
Stroll along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile or the lakefront trail, which line the eastern boundary of the Gold Coast neighborhood. If you have any furry friends accompanying you on your walk, head to Washington Square Park, adjacent to Newberry Library, for plenty of open green space and weekly dog festivities (there’s even a doggie ice cream truck known to roll by periodically).
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