Gold Coast

One of the most exclusive areas in Chicago.

Welcome to Gold Coast

One of Chicago's most affluent and upscale areas
From the finest upscale retailers to stunning luxury homes, Gold Coast is known far and wide as one of the most exclusive areas in Chicago. Historic mansions sit side by side with modern apartments, and the streets are lined with beautiful shops that are sure to draw the eye. Lovers of architecture appreciate the Gold Coast area for the wide variety of historic buildings, while residents will enjoy the fine amenities, including well-appointed parks and great schools.

What to Love

  • Exciting nightlife and excellent bars
  • Many upscale restaurants and bistros
  • Some of the most renowned steakhouses in Chicago
  • Beautiful homes and townhouses

Local Lifestyle

An architectural jewel box, Gold Coast is a neighborhood designed to cater to those who appreciate the best of the best. This affluent neighborhood is a mecca for anyone who wants to live near excellent restaurants and shops. The area features some of the most visually impressive homes in the Chicago area, from houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to modern apartments that are curated with excellence in mind.

Dining, Entertainment and Shopping

Gold Coast is known for great steakhouses, but there's something for every palate in this luxurious area. Maple and Ash is one of Chicago's premier steakhouses, an upscale establishment that serves hand-cut steaks that have been seared fresh over a wood fire. 3 Arts Club Cafe is another local hotspot, an established eatery that is located inside Restoration Hardware. Settle in here for a freshly-prepared lunch, and make sure to grab a cup of locally-crafted coffee from the adjoining coffeehouse before you leave.

When it comes to entertainment, Gold Coast has plenty to offer. The International Museum of Surgical Science is a must-visit in Gold Coast, a quirky yet stately museum that is filled with exhibits that highlight the history and progress of surgery, from ancient times to the advances of modern medicine.

Things to Do

There's no better way to spend an afternoon in the Gold Coast than by checking out some of the area's impressive architecture. There are many historic buildings to check out, including the Charnley-Persky House Museum. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, this stately mansion was designed in 1892 and is still welcoming visitors today. The Chicago Lakefront Trail is a great way to see the city, offering beautiful views and a well-appointed walking trail.

You don't have to be a local to enjoy the wealth of knowledge at Newberry Library. This architectural marvel was built in the 1800s and houses an incredible variety of rare books and manuscripts. Of course, those who love the nightlife will thrive in Gold Coast, with live music venues and upscale bars lining the streets of the commercial areas. At any time of the day or night, there's something to do in the affluent area of Gold Coast.

Overview for Gold Coast, IL

14,428 people live in Gold Coast, where the median age is 50 and the average individual income is $134,169. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

50 years

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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.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Logan Square Coffee & Tea Tour, Frera, and Konbini And Kanpai Belmont.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.71 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.15 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.03 miles 34 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.76 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.19 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.24 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars

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.


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47.03 / 52.96%

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Schools in Gold Coast, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Gold Coast. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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The Latin School Of Chicago
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