The Gold Coast of Chicago, formerly known as the Astor Street District, has been the center for Chicago’s proper society for over a hundred years. Upscale boutiques frame the historic tree lined streets of the Gold Coast.
Developed in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire, millionaire Potter Palmer urbanized the marshland that would later become the Gold Coast. A trendsetter of his time, Palmer was followed into the district by Chicagoland’s most wealthy residents. Over a hundred years later the Gold Coast and neighboring Streeterville remain one of the most affluent districts in the country, second only to Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Registered as a National Historic Place, the Gold Coast remains a district of riches with a plethora of chic shops and elegant eateries. Cultural attractions in the area include Museum Campus (Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium), Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, The Art Institute, and the Steppenwolf and Lookingglass Theaters.