Gold Coast

Welcome to Gold Coast


Roughly defined by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street, the Gold Coast is part of Chicago’s Near North Side community and is at the heart of Chicago’s rich history - it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
After the destruction of the Great Chicago Fire, Potter Palmer, a millionaire, set up residence and transformed what was one swamp into what is now Lake Shore Drive. As a result of the 42 room mansion he built for himself, wealthy Chicagoans flocked to the neighborhood thus making it one of the richest in Chicago.
That legacy is alive today. Today, the area is a mixture of mansions, row houses, and high-rise apartments and is one of the wealthiest districts in the United States.

Worth Seeing / Things to Do

Many of Chicago’s most famous sights are located in the Gold Coast and there is something to do to match any taste. Those wishing to indulge in a bit of shopping can browse the prestigious shops at Water Tower Place. On hot Chicago summer days, a swim in the lake at the famous Oak Street Beach might be in order. Those desiring a bit of culture could visit the International Museum of Surgical Science or get some reading done at the Newberry Library followed by a delicious meal at Tavern on Rush.
No visit to the Gold Coast would be complete without a visit to Navy Pier, a 3000 foot pier in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Gold Coast. Originally built for military purposes, today Navy Pier is Chicago’s most visited attraction - drawing in over 9 million visitors annually. Navy Pier encompasses over 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities that are sure to please any visitor.


The Gold Coast is served by Chicago Public Schools
  • Ogden International Elementary
  • High school students in the Gold Coast attend Lincoln Park High School
  • The Latin School of Chicago is also located in the Gold Coast and is one of the nation's most prestigious K-12 private schools.
  • Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus, which houses its school of business, law, and education is located here.


From Redfin:

  • Walk Score® 94 / 100 : Walker's Paradise
  • Transit Score® 78 / 100:  Excellent Transit
  • Bike Score® 92 / 100: Biker's Paradise

Real Estate

Prices in the Gold Coast can range from $135,000 for a studio apartment to $17.5 million for a 6 bedroom 13,000 square foot mansion. With prices constantly changing, it is best to call an SGR agent for pricing guidance.

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Demographics and Employment Data for Gold Coast, IL

Gold Coast has 8,792 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Gold Coast do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 14,428 people call Gold Coast home. The population density is 86,430.743 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.03 / 52.96%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
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Commute Time

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Around Gold Coast, IL

There's plenty to do around Gold Coast, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Very Bikeable
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Excellent Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Healthy Substance Cantina, Mr. Charcuterie, and The Colette Collection.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.48 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.54 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.19 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.76 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.1 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.15 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars


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