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5 Top Attractions In Chicago’s Gold Coast

Gold Coast City Buildings

Situated along the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s Gold Coast is a coveted neighborhood that perfectly blends old-world charm with modern luxury. There’s plenty to do in the area, whether you prefer to admire the area’s historic sites or spend the day at high-end shops and restaurants. Whatever you decide, make sure you stop by these 5 top attractions in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Have you ever wanted to see how the wealthy lived during America’s Gilded Age? Take a tour of The Driehaus Museum for a look at the ornate furnishings and interior decor of the early 20th century. The museum features beautifully preserved pieces from the collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a famous designer of the era. Be sure to check out the “Changing Fashion for Changing Times” exhibit that features more than 35 outfits from the popular television series Downton Abbey. 

International Museum of Surgical Science

The International Museum of Surgical Science is a unique attraction in Chicago’s Gold Coast and is the only museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated to the history of surgery and its medical breakthroughs, the lakefront mansion houses all sorts of curiosities. Touring the collection will give you an up-close look at medical and surgical devices throughout the years and the backstories of how they were used. A trip to this museum will make you glad modern medicine has evolved! Make your way to the tiny gift shop before you leave to find a quirky memento to take home.

900 North Michigan Shops

Grab your wallet and your best walking shoes because Chicago’s Gold Coast is full of high-end shopping opportunities! One of the best spots to shop is 900 North Michigan Shops, which houses dozens of luxury designer shops in the 8th tallest skyscraper in the city. You can easily spend an entire day perusing Gucci, Max Mara, Kate Spade, and many other designer boutiques. Fuel up whenever you need a boost of energy at the in-house Aster Hall – you might need to make a few trips to sample all of the food stations!

Old Chicago Water Tower is a beautiful building and a must-see in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Old Chicago Water Tower

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile you’ll find the Old Chicago Water Tower, the second oldest water tower in the United States. Built in 1869, the building is now dwarfed by surrounding skyscrapers, and yet it is still the city’s most treasured landmark. Inside the water tower is a city gallery showcasing the work of local artists and photographers. Plan ahead to catch a show at the Joseph Jefferson Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works.

Washington Square Park

Find a few moments of serenity during your busy trip to Chicago’s Gold Coast in historic Washington Square Park. The small park is located across the street from the Newberry Library and has a beautiful floral garden and fountain. In the warmer months it’s the perfect place for an impromptu picnic or midday walk. It also offers a great view of the Willis Tower (aka the Sears Tower).



We hope you have a fantastic time exploring Chicago’s Gold Coast! Did we leave out one of your favorite Chicago Gold Coast attractions? If you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d love to hear from you. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.

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