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Gold Coast/Old Town

Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood is bordered by Oak Street, North Avenue, Lasalle Boulevard and Lake Michigan. This beautifully historic neighborhood sprung from the ashes of the Chicago Fire in 1871. The Gold Coast is well-established, affluent, and offers its residents a rich lifestyle. It also provides an excellent example of classic Chicago architecture at its best. The Gold Coast neighborhood continues to flourish as new mansions continue to spring up alongside the grand residences built by Chicago’s 19th-century elite. In the late 1980s, the Gold Coast and neighboring Streeterville comprised the second most-affluent neighborhood in the United States, behind Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Today, the neighborhood is a mixture of mansions, row houses, and high-rise apartments on quiet tree-lined streets. It is the home to the original Playboy Mansion, the Astor Street Historical District, and the James Charnley House. Several luxurious boutiques and high-end shops are within walking distance for Gold Coast residents. The Rush & Division intersection hosts several restaurants, trendy bars & nightclubs, such as Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, Carmine’s and Tavern on Rush, and serves as a great people-watching location

Chicago’s Old Town Neighborhood is bordered by Division Street, 1800 N, Lasalle Boulevard, Clybourn Avenue and Halsted Street. Old Town offers a geographical and cultural middle ground between the more residential Lincoln Park and the more urban Gold Coast. Wells Street is Old Town’s most popular destination for dining, shopping and strolling. North Avenue Beach is the most popular and largest beachfront in Chicagoland, featuring beach volleyball, jet ski and kayak rentals and great people-watching.

To the South of the Gold Coast and just North of the Loop lies Streeterville, bordered by Michigan Avenue on the West, Lake Michigan on the East, Chicago Avenue on the North and the Chicago River on the South. Named for George Wellington ‘Cap’ Streeter, Streeterville consists of luxurious high-rise apartment buildings, internationally-renowned restaurants, popular attractions like Navy Pier and the John Hancock Observatory, and the world-famous Magnificent Mile shopping district along Michigan Avenue. Living here provides amazing lake views and some of the best shopping in the city. Streeterville is unique as it is just as bustling at night as it is during daylight hours compared to the rest of the downtown area.


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