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Near North Side / Gold Coast (8008)


Zip Codes include: 60610, 60611

People who live in neighborhoods in and around downtown Chicago have many different occupations and lifestyles. They may live in lakefront high-rises with spectacular views or occupy spacious, dramatic loft spaces. But when they go out to work or play, all of them can probably walk rather than ride or drive.

For recreation, the focus is on the lakefront. Oak Street Beach, Grant Park, Lincoln Park and the harbors are pleasures for all Chicagoans. The city’s great museums, as well as indoor tennis courts, swimming pools and health clubs abound. And for those whose idea of recreation tends toward food, drink and entertainment, there’s plenty of that, too.

The Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most prestigious residential districts. Although very exclusive single-family homes occasionally are available on fabled Astor Street and neighboring streets, housing here generally comes in the form of condominiums, both vintage and modern, and co-ops and condominiums. Many Gold Coast residents decide not to own a car, since everything from Neiman Marcus to the best hot dog stand in the city is within walking distance.

The Old Town neighborhood north of the Gold Coast is packed with cottages, rowhouses and townhouses of brick or frame construction. Streets are narrow and homes are often small, but charmingly desirable.

Lying between the lake and the north end of Michigan Avenue, Streeterville is urban living at its most sophisticated, with offices, the most fashionable shops, four-star restaurants, theaters and more just steps away. New and vintage high-rise and mid-rise condominiums or co-ops are the prevalent housing, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and the downtown campus and medical center of Northwestern University are neighbors.

Immediately north of the Loop and Merchandise Mart, River North is bursting with residential development, as well as galleries, boutiques and design studios. Former warehouses have been converted to loft residences, and new townhome developments and mid-rise condominium buildings are attracting urban dwellers who love the proximity to the financial district, North Michigan Avenue shopping and many of the city’s best restaurants.


Carol Duran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Ph: 312-368-5963  -  Fax: 312 242-5613
1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

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