Chicago Gold Coast and Streeterville Neighborhoods

The Gold Coast and Streeterville are in the heart of what is happening in Chicago. Navy Pier, Museums and the lakefront are just some of the amenities you can find right outside your door.

Chicago’s Gold Coast

The Gold Coast starts at North Avenue, ( 1600 north) and extends south to Oak Street (1000 north) and is bounded by the lake on the east and Dearborn/Clark Street to the west.

While the Gold Coast is defined by the stately mansions found along Astor Street, north Dearborn and State Parkways, there are numerous housing choices including vintage mid-rises, mid-century high rises, townhomes and a few newer high rises. You can find one bedroom condos in some of the older buildings, for $300,000 to $400,000, and single family homes for well into the millions. Since parking is at a premium, so are the parking prices, ranging from $35,000 to $60,000 to purchase a spot and $150 to $350 per month to rent a spot.

People flock to the Gold Coast for its charming character, quiet tree lined streets and access to the lakeshore. Most of the high rises dotting the lakeshore from 1000 north to 1600 north, are either vintage or were built in the 60’s and 70’s, so units will vary in the degree of updating that has been done to both the individual apartment, as well as the building itself.

And of course there’s the nightlife. With numerous restaurants, bars and clubs along Rush, State, Wabash and Division, you are never at a loss for evening entertainment.


Named for “Captain” Streeter, a rogue squatter from the early 1900’s, who claimed this land as his own, this neighborhood is east of Michigan Avenue and includes the very tony buildings along East Lake Shore Drive, then south along the river, including the Northwestern Medical complex, law and business schools.

Many residents liken the feel of this neighborhood to New York City’s upper east side, with its mix of vintage and mid-century high rises, tucked away restaurants, upscale hotels and proximity to Michigan Avenue. Mostly condo and rental buildings, single family homes are practically non-existant here, although you can find townhomes.

Many of the buildings have phenomenal views of the lake and city, with rooftop terraces, pool decks and full amenity, luxury lifestyle offerings. Just a short walk from all that Michigan Avenue has to offer, River North and the loop, this neighborhood is ultra convenient.

The fabulous and famous Oak Street beach is a summer favorite, offering beachside cocktails and light dining fare for those summer days and evenings. Stroll south along the lake and you will find another hidden gem of a beach, Olive Park, just across the street from 600 Lake Shore Drive, the newest addition to the high rise housing stock.

Lookingglass Theater, located in the historic Water Tower, and the Museum of Contemporary Art add to the panache and cultural landscape of this bustling, and sophisticated neighborhood.

With fireworks at Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday summer evening – visible from many Lake Shore Drive residences, and everything else the Pier has to offer, including Shakespeare Theater, restaurants and the infamous Ferris Wheel, Streeterville is one of the most desirable areas of the city.

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