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Chicago Tour: Gold Coast

Amble among the affluent in the Gold Coast.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Prominent Chicago businessman Potter Palmer built Palmer Mansion on Lake Shore after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, establishing the ... more »

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The bread and butter alone are worth the trip to this quaint French bistro with Provençal-yellow walls, tin ceiling, and zinc-top bar. While its cocktails are made with spirits from a local distillery, its menu is straight from France: Don’t miss classic dishes like steak frites, croque monsier, and housemade pâté, as well as its decadent desserts... More

2. 900 North Michigan Shops

The ultimate shopping experience, 900 North Michigan boasts six floors of more than 70 luxury retailers, comprised of both national brands and boutiques, including Gucci, Michael Kors, and Bloomingdale’s. Spend the day shopping and enjoy a respite at one of the several cafés and eateries in this label-lovers’ paradise.

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3. Allium at the Four Seasons Hotel

Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Michelin-starred Allium’s chefs source ingredients from local farmers to create seasonal farm-to-table American fare, including favorites like bison tartare, country rabbit sausage, and double-cut lamp chops.

120 E. Delaware Pl.
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

(312) 799-4900

For your love of “cheese, swine, & wine,” Purple Pig specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, offering tapas-style dining and an extensive wine list. Located just south of Gold Coast, this Bib Gourmand restaurant boasts housemade charcuterie that is not to be missed.

500 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60611
United States

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On Friday and Saturday nights, indulge in the decadent Chocolate Bar at The Lobby on the fifth floor of The Peninsula Chicago. Sip a chocolate martini and nibble on chocolate truffles, chocolate cake feuilletine, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and other cocoa treats in an elegant setting swathed in muted colors.

108 E. Superior St.
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A distinguished independent research institution with over 1.5 million books, the stately Newberry Library holds free exhibitions and lectures, all open to the public. Whether or not you’re in the mood to crack some spines, the magnificence of the building itself is worth the visit. Catch a free tour of the library on Thursday afternoons or... More

Add some color to an afternoon in Chicago with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country. Designed by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the five-story building has three floors of dedicated gallery space extending from a central glass atrium. Highlighting pieces from 1945 to the present, the... More

Instead of visiting the John Hancock Center’s zenith during daylight hours, opt for an evening cocktail in the building’s high-flying lounge. Located on the 96th floor, the dimly lit bar has dazzling 360-degree views of the city. With three salons to choose from, you can romance a date at a window table in the south lounge or socialize with a... More