In this video we pay a visit to one of the richest neighborhoods in Chicago, Gold Coast. Our Gold Coast Neighborhood Guide & Tour will take us through the area bounded by North Blvd, Clark Street & Rush Street, Oak Street, and Lake Shore Drive.
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Gold Coast is known for historic homes, wealthy residents, high-end restaurants, classic bars, fun things to do, landmark architecture, and its location just north of downtown.
From 1837 (Chicago’s incorporation) until the 1880s, there was nothing but swampland in Gold Coast. Successful businessman Potter Palmer left the fashionable Prairie Avenue district in today’s South Loop to build himself & his wife a mansion that looked just like a castle on Lake Shore Drive.
Shortly after moving here, Palmer sold parcels of land to other wealthy Chicagoans and soon more mansions, exclusive hotels, and the first luxury apartment buildings began popping up all over Gold Coast, first along Lake Shore Drive, and then along Astor Street.
Astor Street was named after famous New Yorker John Jacob Astor. Although he never actually lived in Chicago, he was one of the most wealthy men of his time and naming a street after him brought even more prestige to Gold Coast. The Astor street district was made a Chicago landmark in 1975 and the entire Gold Coast district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
In the 1980s, Gold Coast was second only to Manhattan’s Upper Eastside on the list of wealthiest urban neighborhoods in the United States.
Although other US urban neighborhoods have passed it since, Gold Coast remains one of the most affluent districts in the country.
The architecture of Gold Coast includes Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Prairie School, and Modern.
To get to Gold Coast, take the CTA Red Line and get off at the Clark & Division stop. Other options include the 151 bus along Lake Shore Drive and the 22, 36, and 72 buses. To bike here, take the Lakefront Trail to the tunnel by North Avenue.
Gold Coast is also known for its high-end restaurants like Le Colonial, Fig & Olive, 3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar, and Lou Malnati’s. Some of the great bars include Mother’s, Butch McGuire’s, and Hopsmith Tavern.
There are many things to do in Gold Coast like visiting Oak Street Beach, the International Museum of Surgical Science, the Charnley-Perskey House Museum, St. Chrystomom’s Episcopal Church, Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, Goudy Square Park Playground.
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