Life in Chicago’s Gold Coast

There’s no better way to experience the historic Gold Coast neighborhood than staying at the Walton Residence. Close to everywhere you want to go and steps away from dynamic retail, entertainment, and some of the top restaurants in Chicago, you’ll fall right into the Gold Coast lifestyle. Voted “Best Big City in the United States” by Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, Chicago has something for everyone

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The Neighborhood

Gold Coast is an iconic area nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of downtown. Renowned for its opulent charm and historic architecture, the Gold Coast is a captivating blend of stately mansions, upscale shopping, and tree-lined streets that exude a timeless elegance.

Along Oak Street and the famous Magnificent Mile, residents and visitors alike indulge in luxury shopping, high-end boutiques, and gourmet dining. The Gold Coast’s proximity to the lakefront allows for leisurely strolls along the picturesque beaches and access to the Lakefront Trail. The neighborhood strikes a perfect balance between the tranquility of its residential areas and the vibrancy of its commercial districts, making it a coveted destination for those seeking a sophisticated urban lifestyle in the heart of Chicago.

While there are endless options for restaurants, shopping, and things to do in and around the Gold Coast, we have curated a selection of some of our favorite restaurants and activities for your convenience.


On-Site Luxury Retail

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Mira Couture

An unparalleled atelier. Mira Couture’s collection of wedding gowns ranges from classic to modern, with an expert in-house staff of dressmakers and designers.



With a clean aesthetic and simple, elegant silhouettes, shop luxury knitwear, apparel, and accessories at Eskandar’s flagship Chicago boutique.


Swiss FineTiming

Specializing in rare and hard-to-find manufacturers as well as repair and restoration, Swiss FineTiming represents the most exclusive watch brands in the world.


Paul Rehder Salon

A chic Gold Coast favorite for upscale salon services, Paul Rehder Salon offers cuts, color, and styling, brow shaping, manicures, pedicures, and more.

Our Favorites

Le Colonial

Le Colonial

Upscale French-Vietnamese fare in a Gold Coast row house with balcony seating & an outdoor patio.
57 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States, +13122550088

Maple Ash

Maple & Ash

White-tablecloth restaurant serving steaks and seafood with a choice wine list and a plush lounge.
8 W. Maple Street Chicago, IL 60610. (312) 944-8888



Swanky restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel with a yacht-club feel, seasonal fare & cocktails.
1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13125862150


Upscale rooftop cocktail lounge with a brief New American menu, sweeping views & a swimming pool.
1000 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611, +13126329316



Trendy restaurant featuring Italian-inspired cuisine in a cavernous, industrial setting.
831 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13126248055

Sparrow restaurant


Sophisticated spot with Cuban flair serving rum cocktails & craft beer in a 1927 art deco building.
12 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13127250732

3 art club cafe

3 Arts Club Cafe

Posh haunt inside Restoration Hardware combining a coffeehouse, wine bar & American restaurant.
1300 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610, +13124759116

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

American restaurant serving seasonal food & cocktails in an elegant, intimate setting with a patio.
52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13125734000



Sophisticated bistro spotlighting handmade pastas & Wagyu strips, plus a curated wine list.
912 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13128209000

The Omakase

The Omakase Room at Sushi-San

The Omakase Room offers world-class cuisine coupled with one of Chicago’s largest Japanese whisky and sake programs.
63 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, United States, +13127667899



Inventive Peruvian fare served in a stylish Peru-inspired space; known for its pisco sour cocktail.
118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, United States,+13122229700



Inventive small & large plates served in a cozy, minimalist space with communal seating.
615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, United States, +13123772002



Upscale, stylish spot for regional Mexican cuisine with craft cocktails and a pastry chef
720 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States, +13123748995


La Grande Boucherie

Polished French restaurant in an expansive art nouveau-style space with an elegant, heated atrium.
145 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States, +12125107714



Upscale steakhouse with a New American menu in an ornate, dimly lit wood & brick setting.
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States, +13126248154


360 Chicago

Observatory on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building with a tilting glass lookout 1000ft up.
875 N Michigan Ave 94th floor, Chicago, IL 60611, +18888758439


Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower is a historic landmark located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
806 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States, +18002622373


Oak Street Beach

Chicago Water Tower is a historic landmark located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Oak Street Beach, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre

Fully accessible, accommodating 218 patrons in comfortable traditional theatre seating on the main floor or balcony
1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +17737779884

Charnley Persky House

Charnley-Persky House Tour

Important example of early modern architecture from 1892 by Louis Sullivan & Frank Lloyd Wright.
1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610, United States, +13125731365


Chicago SUP

Energetic shop offering stand-up paddle board rentals on Lake Michigan, plus lessons & gear sales.
1601 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614, +17735754787


Architecture Tour

Experience the city’s legendary architecture from the best seat in the house—the river.
1220 W Le Moyne St, Chicago, IL 60642, United States.