The Gold Coast, as its name implies, is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. Yes, architecturally magnificent, historic mansions can be found in spades along Astor, Goethe, and Schiller streets, and, yes, gorgeous condominium buildings create a veritable fortress around Lake Shore Drive, but there's also an abundance of affordable apartments, primarily in high-rises of recent vintage and mid-rises of older vintage.
The Gold Coast is home to the top half of the Magnificent Mile, which includes Water Tower Place, the John Hancock Building, the Drake Hotel, and the Four Seasons. The Gold Coast is also home to Walton and Oak streets, with their upscale boutiques. Wander north on Rush Street and you'll find many of Chicago's best steak and seafood restaurants, like Hugo's Frog Bar, Gibson's, Morton's, and Carmine's Clam Bar, as well as a number of different cocktail bars and nightclubs.