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Gold Coast, IL

Chicago
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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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Claridge House
Claridge House
4 out of 5
1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥12,917 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in Gold Coast, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oak Street Beach and Newberry Library. Chicago History Museum and International Museum of Surgical ...
4.2/5Excellent! (785 reviews)
"Check about parking because the garage next door is very expensive. The hotel is beautiful with lovely, architecture. The hotel is next to Jewel Osco, Wal Greens and many restaurants. The AC was not strong enough on a hot day; but, I was on the 9th floor. Service excellent. Bar good quality. I will ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Claridge House
Ambassador Chicago, part of JdV by Hyatt
Ambassador Chicago, part of JdV by Hyatt
4 out of 5
1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥16,634 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Located in Gold Coast, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chicago History Museum, 900 North Michigan Shops, and North Avenue Beach. Peggy Notebaert ...
4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"I highly recommend staying here! The location is perfect and is in a safe area of Chicago. Close to Lincoln Park Zoo, and walking distance to great resturants."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Ambassador Chicago, part of JdV by Hyatt
Thompson Chicago
Thompson Chicago
4.5 out of 5
21 East Bellevue, Chicago, IL
Fully refundable
The price is ¥25,045 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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! (983 reviews)
"We have stayed at Thompson Hotel many times. The staff is welcoming, helpful and professional. The property is clean, has nice decor and the rooms are very comfortable. Love the beds. Location is walkable to waterfront, dining and shopping."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Thompson Chicago
Celeste Celebrity Suites
Celeste Celebrity Suites
4 out of 5
68 E Cedar St, Chicago, IL
Located in Gold Coast, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Michigan Avenue and State Street. John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place are also within 10 ...
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

Celeste Celebrity Suites
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
3.5 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥16,644 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Chicago Riverwalk, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ann and Robert H. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,446 reviews)
"Grace at the front desk was a delight at check in. Our room wasn’t ready when we tried to check in early which was quite ok with us. Grace promised to text me when room was available and she did! She followed up the next morning to see how our stay was too. I like that they have the option to text ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥21,282 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,214 reviews)
"Great service and staff. Check in was easy and friendly even with a busy weekend going on."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
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