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Gold CoastChicago

Enjoy upscale shopping, varied dining experiences and waterfront walks at this affluent suburb set on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Discover a wonderful blend of retail and recreation in the well-heeled Gold Coast suburb. Shop at the stores of luxury brands, dine at the restaurant of a celebrity chef and stroll along the banks of Lake Michigan. Gold Coast came into existence in the late 1800s as the Astor Street District, named after wealthy entrepreneur John Jacob Astor. Walk down Astor Street to appreciate the lavishness of the suburb’s 19th-century residences and see a cornucopia of architectural styles.

Indulge in some shopping and relaxation on Oak Street. Check out the latest trends by fashion labels such as Giorgio Armani, Prada and Ted Baker. Browse boutique jewelers, housewares stores and an independent art gallery. The street intersects with the northern end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a dining and shopping district on a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of North Michigan Avenue.

Come to Oak Street Beach, a wide sandy beach with great views of the city’s impressive skyline and vast lake. Join in a game of volleyball, swim in the cool lake water and watch yachts sailing along the shoreline. Come in early September for the Chicago events of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Running north from the beach and skirting the coastline is part of the 18-mile-long (29-kilometer) Lakefront Trail. Throughout the day and night it’s popular among bikers, joggers, skaters and walkers. The trail connects with North Avenue Beach and the sprawling Lincoln Park. The Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo are among the park’s many attractions.

Spend an evening hopping between the bars, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants on Rush Street. Find a seat at an outdoor terrace and participate in some people-watching. Treat yourself to an exquisite meal at the Michelin-starred Spiaggia, an Italian restaurant presided over by the famous local chef Tony Mantuano.

Gold Coast is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of the Loop – Downtown district. Ride a bus or L train to get here from other Chicago neighborhoods. Clark/Division is a convenient train station.


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Thompson Chicago
Thompson Chicago
4.5 out of 5
21 East Bellevue, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥11,584 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center and Water ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)

"I’ve regularly stay at the Thompson. I stay because I love the location, the bathrooms are lovely -showers are outstanding. The rooms are comfortable and modern. Having Rush st bars and restaurants close by is definitely a plus"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

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Claridge House
Claridge House
4 out of 5
1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥7,498 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Newberry Library, International Museum of Surgical Science, and Water Tower Place. Navy ...

4.2/5Excellent! (695 reviews)

"Given COVID restrictions, all was handled well and we felt very safe."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

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The Ambassador Chicago, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
The Ambassador Chicago, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
4 out of 5
1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL
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Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chicago History Museum, 900 North Michigan Shops, and North Avenue Beach. Peggy ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,115 reviews)

"I did not like that I did not fine Parking, no restaurants , my view was horrible."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

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Celeste Celebrity Suites
Celeste Celebrity Suites
4 out of 5
68 E Cedar St, Chicago, IL
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Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Michigan Avenue and State Street. John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)

"Tried to cancel as sickness prevented us from traveling. Refused to refund money. Booked through Expedia - would not help us. Found out booking agent was VRBO. Had terrible experience with them in Venice and would NOT have booked if we had known. Had travel insurance - would not acknowledge."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥8,001 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6

Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,588 reviews)

"Love everything! The hotel was nice and staff was generous."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

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LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥10,904 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,592 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to many Chicago sites! Beautiful river/city view from our room. Check-in and checkout were quick and can be contactless. The rooms are also very clean! Going to be staying here next time I’m in Chicago :)"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
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