Historic and wealthy are two of the best descriptions of this moneyed pocket of the city. Considering where it's located - on the northern end of the Magnificent Mile and all along Lake Shore Drive from Oak Street up to North Avenue - that's no surprise. This has always been considered a very special place in the city, many still consider it a place "to see and be seen".
Trendy shops and restaurants pay top dollar to open their doors in the Gold Coast. Several of the best-known steak houses (in this - a steakhouse kind of town) can be found here. The stores are all tres chic, ranging from clothing and leather goods, to boutiques, to of course jewelry and art galleries. Some of the areas better known bars have gained their fame in the movies while others are popular for their beer gardens for the post-work libation. Whatever form of nightlife you crave, it can be found here!
Bounded by the Lake to the east, Chicago Avenue to the south, LaSalle Street to the west and North Avenue to the north, this neighborhood has (and likely continue to) enjoyed a reputation of money and respect. It's proximity to the heart of downtown Chicago is tough to beat.
The housing in the Gold Coast is yet another reason to want to call it home. Some of the most breathtaking brown stone and grey stone homes fill each tree-lined block here. There are a variety of mid- and high-rise buildings in the area, especially along the gorgeous stretch of Lake Shore Drive, but much of the character of the neighborhood is found in the three and four story buildings.