Welcome to Gold Coast

Dotted with architectural gems that range from vintage row houses to doorman high-rises, the 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.

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sophisticated, affluent, residential, quiet, early-to-bed, walker’s paradise, lakefront, parks & recreation, high-rises, condos, walk-ups, vintage, doorman buildings, long-time residents


Commute Times
The Loop 17m by train, 12m by car
Merchandise Mart 25m by train, 10m by car
Union Station 32m by train, 16m by car
Millennium Park 25m by train, 9m 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

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The gold coast:
Esteemed homes in a charming downtown neighborhood.

While the 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.

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What to expect:
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.

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The lifestyle:
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, the Gold Coast is a trove of prominent spots.

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Unexpected appeal:
A surprisingly tranquil ambience 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, the Gold Coast is a prime location for quiet daytime and twilight walks.

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The market:
A variety of mid-rise and high-rise condos as well as co-ops in vintage and contemporary styles.

The 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.

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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.

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