Gold Coast is undoubtedly known as the wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago. It is renowned for its upscale living and luxurious atmosphere. Gold Coast’s reputation started at the beginning of the Great Chicago Fire. In 186_, millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the area from the South side of the city. There he decided to build a forty two room, castle-like mansion. Palmer and another influential individual James Charnley coordinated to have the mansion built. The castle-like structure has many names. Some know it as the Palmer Mansion, or the Charnley Palmer Mansion, while most know it as the “first modern house in America.” Today this mansion is a national historic landmark. Shortly after it was built, many other wealthy Chicagoans followed Palmer and Charnley’s lead. Palmer and Charnley laid the foundation for Gold Coast’s prestigious nature.
With Magnificent Mile and Lakeshore bordering the East side of the neighborhood, there is no question there is plenty to do. Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most famous areas for dining. The famous Rush Street runs through the heart of Gold Coast. With the mass attention Rush street draws, restaurants find it as a prime location. Rush Street is home to some of the most spectacular dining experiences imaginable. Although chain restaurants such as Big Bowl and the Cheesecake factory exist within Gold Coast, unique to Chicago are fantastic restaurants such as Tavern on Rush, Carmine’s, Gibson’s, Bistort Zinc, Morton’s Steakhouse, and PJ Clarkes. However the list does not stop there, when dining in Gold Coast residents and visitors alike are guaranteed a superb dining experience.
Gold Coast is also home to some art galleries. Aaron Galleries, Colletti Gallery, and Rosenthal Fine art are just a few. Although there are not as many as there are in River North, Gold Coast is the proud sponsor of the Gold Coast River North Art Fair. This is an art fair held annually with fine art, music, and food. Although many art fairs exist throughout Chicago, this fair is known as the “Grand Daddy” of all art fairs. Art, however, in Gold Coast is not solely expressed through the fair. A Red Orchid Theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art reside in Gold Coast, therefore establishing art as an element of the neighborhood even further. Other famous locations within the boundaries of Gold Coast are the International Museum of Surgical Science, the Newberry Library (the leading research library); the John Hancock building that features a swanky restaurant, The Signature Room, on its 95th floor, and Oak Street beach.
Although Gold Coast has so much to offer with respect to the Chicago attractions, Gold Coast in itself is considered a historic district of Chicago. Because of the wealth Gold Coast is known for, and the prestigious individuals who reside there, mansions are commonplace within the neighborhood. Gold Coast is known for its unique and breathtaking architectural structures. In addition to the huge mansions, luxurious, high end high rises and row houses are found in Gold Coast. With all of the prestige Gold Coast has acquired, it’s no surprise that the Gold Coast Community has created a neighborhood club dedicated to preserving the beauty of their neighborhood. The club is called Gold Coast Neighbors and every year they throw a spring benefit that is free to neighborhood residents. The Spring Benefit is called Echoes and it is a huge block party used to raise funds to further the mission of preserving beauty throughout the neighborhood.
If luck enough to live in Chicago’s Gold Coast, the neighborhood is complete with every kind of luxury one could desire, complete with beaches, shopping, art, and unforgettable cuisine.