Chicago's Premiere Neighborhoods

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GOLD COAST

One of Chicago’s most affluent and influential neighborhoods, the Gold Coast is a mix of grand 19th century mansions, luxury high-rise condominiums and renovated gray and brownstone walkups. Here, old and new seamlessly blend together with the connecting thread of wealth and status. Shaded avenues, landscaped walkways and prim wrought-iron fences add to the neighborhood’s refined appeal. A stroll among the massive stone structures that once housed many of Chicago’s wealthiest and most influential families is breathtaking.

Sharing the block with lofty, contemporary condos are majestic, symmetrical Georgian Revival mansions and impressive, stone-turreted Richardsonian Romanesque townhouses that unquestionably suit the elite, but welcome the attention of any passerby. In fact, Gold Coast neighborhood architecture and history is celebrated by annual walking tours sponsored by various architectural foundations.

 Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood (including the Streeterville and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile neighborhoods) is true to its moniker – Perhaps the finest Chicago luxury real estate is located here. A long time elegant and sophisticated stop for living, working and playing, Chicago’s Gold Coast can lead you up the finest shopping strip west of Park Ave. – North Michigan Avenue’s Mag Mile – home to Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Prada, Burberry just to name a few.  An expanded list can be found at Water Tower Shops, Bloomingdales, The Shops at Northbridge and The Magnificent Mile.

 The Gold Coast neighborhood boundaries extend to North Avenue. on the north, Chicago Avenue on the south, Clark Street on the west and Lake Michigan on the east.

In the late 1800s the area was known as the Astor Street district and ran from North Ave. to Division Street. In fact, the names of former and current Gold Coast residents reads like a who’s who of Chicago – include the icons Potter Palmer, Marshall Field, Kenneth Goodman, Joseph Medill, Cyrus McCormick, Richard Driehaus and Levi Leiter.  Current Gold Coast and Chicago notables include  Vince Vaughn, Joan Cusack, Billy Dec,  Ty Warner ….

Within the Gold Coast you will find Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, a residential pocket located between Michigan Ave. and the lake – Urban living at its most sophisticated. Luxurious offices are everywhere – A high concentration of the city’s major media firms and advertising agencies are located along Michigan Avenue. You will also find the most desirable shops (Niketown,  Apple Store. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales ), top rated restaurants and world class theaters are mere steps away. New and vintage high-rise and mid-rise condominiums or co-ops are the prevalent forms of housing. The Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University’s downtown campus and medical center are famous residents here.

In addition to luxury real estate, Chicago is always at the forefront of leading trends and innovation and is home to world-class dining, culture and entertainment.

OAK STREET

Equally famous Oak Street, and is home to dozens of boutique designers including : Hermes, Vera Wang,  Harry Winston, Geneva Seal, Buccellati and of course Versace, Dior and Saint Laurent. Chicago’s Gold Coast is hands-down the wealthiest neighborhood in the city.

LINCOLN PARK

Just 2 miles north of downtown and bordered by North Avenue, Diversey Parkway, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most sought after neighborhoods, offering an appealing blend of active retail streets, urban college campuses, and narrow tree-lined residential streets.
From smaller town homes and vintage condominiums offering buyers affordable entry to  rapidly escalating prices for rehabs and new construction,  the average single-family home in Lincoln Park costs over $1 million.  And several mansions are commanding multi-million-dollar prices. Lincoln Park real estate also includes a number of town homes for sale, many within gated communities. Around DePaul University buyers can also find loft condominiums in converted factories and warehouses. On its eastern edge, Lincoln Park features beautiful high-rise buildings with breathtaking views of the lake, park and city.

Lincoln Park is home to two major museums, DePaul University and one of the nation’s oldest zoos. The community’s amenities, location and housing options attract everyone from young, first-time homebuyers to local celebrities and CEOs. With its mix of city parks, restaurants, bars, theaters and top schools, Lincoln Park is virtually unrivaled among urban neighborhoods in the U.S.

 

MICHIGAN AVENUE

Michigan Avenue also known as The Magnificent Mile, one of the Greatest Avenues Of The World, is uniquely positioned amidst Chicago’s finest, most exclusive neighborhoods. Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is true to its moniker – Perhaps the finest Chicago luxury real estate and world-class shopping  is located here. A long time elegant and sophisticated stop for living, working and playing, Michigan Avenue leads you up the finest shopping strip west of Park Ave. – home to Neiman Marcus,  Burberry just to name a few.  

 STREETERVILLE

A residential pocket located between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan – Urban living – sophisticated. Luxurious offices are everywhere – A high concentration of the city’s major media firms and advertising agencies as well as many popular shops, top rated restaurants and world class theaters are mere steps away. New and vintage high-rise and mid-rise condominiums or co-ops are the prevalent forms of housing. The Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University’s downtown campus and medical center are famous residents here.

In addition to luxury real estate, Chicago and Michigan Avenue are synonymous with being at the forefront of  leading trends and innovation, and is home to world-class dining, culture and entertainment.

Located south of the Gold Coast, and East of Michigan Avenue, Streeterville is one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods — and one of its newest. Within the last two decades, dozens of new Streeterville Properties have been built, including high-rises, hotels, stores and institutions, springing up around the spot where Captain George Wellington Streeter famously ran aground, laying claim to the area in 1886.

The majority of homes for sale in Streeterville are located within high-rise buildings, but the architectural styles are wide-ranging. They include pre-war high-rises, a collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings, easily identifiable landmarks like the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place, and a full assortment of contemporary new construction. Sprinkled throughout the neighborhood are smaller mid-rise buildings, a few walk-ups and even the occasional town home or single-family.

Streeterville includes such notable attractions as The Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place, and the Museum Of Contemporary Art.  It is also home to Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art medical campus and the downtown campuses of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.  Streeterville offers a number of smaller pocket parks and playgrounds, but the lakefront is never more than a couple of blocks away. Dining out is never a problem in Streeterville. Countless restaurants exist to serve local residents, the office crowd, and the business travelers and tourists who cascade down Michigan Avenue practically nonstop.

MILLENNIUM PARK

Not quite on the Magnificent Mile, but a hop and a skip across the River bordering Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park is home to a wide range of cultural activities including fashion shows and concert series, in addition to a new neighborhood of new construction properties with amazing views.

A newer addition to Chicago. Lake Shore East or the New East Side is just to the north overlooking Millennium Park. It is located East of Michigan Avenue, South of the River and West of Lake Michigan.  It is home to many new condominium high-rises, 2 parks, the Chicago Bean, Avli Restaurant, Rosebud Steakhouse and features stellar views of both city & lake! You will find the new St. Regis Hotel & Condominiums as well as unrivaled views and now, direct access to the lake and the Chicago Yacht Club.

RIVER NORTH

Stretching from the Chicago River to Chicago Avenue, west of The Magnificent Mile, River North is an old loft district that came alive with art galleries and restaurants quickly followed by a number of hip, urban homebuyers. Chicago’s biggest office building, the Merchandise Mart anchors the southern edge of the neighborhood, while just a few blocks east, President Donald Trump’s 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago is redefining the city skyline.

Dozens of new residential developments have hit the neighborhood in recent years in River West & River North. Buyers can choose from classic timber lofts, upscale row homes and contemporary high-rises ranging in price from about $300,000 to several million dollars. Development of Real Estate in River North has also pushed west of the Chicago River into an area dubbed River West, which includes a number of new condominium buildings and recently popularized River West Lofts.

Today, River North is home to many of Chicago’s premier eateries, including Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill and Topolobompo, Naha, Coco Pazzo, Tao, Volare and a number of fine steak houses. Both River North and River West are packed with shopping, entertainment and nightlife, including some of the cities trendiest clubs and well-known favorites like the House of Blues. Before and after work, the city’s movers and shakers congregate at East Bank Club, the largest stand-alone health club in Chicago and one of the largest in the country.

SOUTH LOOP

The South Loop is one of Chicago’s hottest and most dynamic neighborhoods. As more people are attracted to the idea of living, working and playing in the same area, demand for stylish, modern housing is increasing in the South Loop. Located south of Grant Park area attractions include The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Burnham Harbor, Northerly Island ( home to many trendy concerts ) a wide variety of new and exciting restaurants, and wide range of new construction properties, including Museum Park, some with incredible lake and skyline views.

WEST LOOP

Since 1996, the land between The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, and the loop,  filled rapidly with trendy loft conversions, art galleries, boutiques, night clubs and sophisticated new construction condos.   One of the main engines behind the West Loop renaissance was the restaurant corridor on Randolph Street and The Fulton Market District. For many, this is the heart of the neighborhood and it remains home to many of the most desirable addresses. Besides the restaurant scene, many people who live in or visit the West Loop do so because of the easy access to the expressways, the Metra and the connection to Chicago's CTA.  It's relatively quick to get down to the LaSalle area in the Loop, where most of the Midwest's central financial offices are located.

It is now an area where sparkling new condo towers and vintage-rehab lofts stand side-by-side with local boutiques, bars and fine restaurants and newly technology hubs and sparkling new luxury condominium towers. However, Chicago neighborhoods tend to change completely in character from one block to the next. To get a real idea of what you are considering, you will need a trusted advisor who knows the city and the neighborhood intimately. Call today to talk to one of our insider local experts. We can walk you through each neighborhood's hotspots so that you can make the best possible choice based on your intentions for the property and the lifestyle you want to secure.

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