June 15, 2012


We hope you enjoyed stopping by Ravenswood in our last neighborhood blog. Our next stop is to the lakefront to visit the famed Gold Coast.



Gold Coast: Fact or Fiction?

Think you know the Gold Coast? Find out what’s fact and what’s fiction about the neighborhood by taking our little quiz below.


The Gold Coast became a sought-after neighborhood after the high-end shops took root.


Fiction. While the Gold Coast is home to the likes of Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and Harry Winston, just to name a few, the neighborhood has been a haven for the rich and famous since the late 1800s. Ever hear of the Palmer House or the Goodman Theatre? The actual Palmer and Goodman families resided in the Gold Coast back when it was nicknamed the Astor Street District. The McCormick family is another iconic group that lived in the neighborhood as well as Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln.


There are both pricey and less expensive restaurant options in the Gold Coast.


Fact. There are plenty of high-end restaurants in the neighborhood for a luxurious meal. Head to Gibson’s or Morton’s if you’re looking for a fine steak. Your taste for Italian can be satisfied by Carmine’s (as well as a hankering for some good people watching). In the mood for seafood? Try Hugo’s Frog Bar. When you want to save a little dough, head down to Pizano’s for some pizza or Dublin’s Bar & Grill for classic bar food.


The buildings in the Gold Coast are all Victorian mansions and luxurious brownstowns.


Fiction. Although the talents of architectural greats like Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright can be seen in the businesses and residences that line the Gold Coast streets, there are other more modern housing offerings. The high-rise condos in the neighborhood provide some more affordable options.


The Gold Coast is a “walker’s paradise.”


Fact. The website rated the neighborhood a 94 in walkability. There are so many shops, restaurants, bars, and historic sites within walking distance that you can leave the car in its parking spot. If you do want to hop the El, though, there’s a convenient Red Line stop at Clark and Division.


There are only private schools in the Gold Coast neighborhood.


Fiction. While the Gold Coast boasts some fine private schools, like the K-12 Latin School, you will find excellent public schools as well, such as Ogden School, O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, Skinner Elementary School, and Payton College Preparatory High School.


Want to learn more about this well-established community? Contact an a Agent to take a closer look at all the Gold Coast has to offer its residents.


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