They don’t call it the Gold Coast for nothing. This historic neighborhood, one of Chicago’s most affluent areas, is a popular destination for high-end shopping — particularly, the area around Oak Street. That’s where you’ll find charming, tree-lined streets dotted with luxury boutiques and couture showrooms, all just steps from Michigan Avenue.

Shopping on Oak Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood

Apparel and accessories

Right on Oak Street, you’ll find outposts for some of the world’s top designers, including:

Jewelry, watches, and engagement rings

The area is also home to several high-end jewelry designers:

Luxury boutiques

Finally, find one-of-a-kind gems in Oak Street’s specialty boutiques:

Nearby on Rush Street, you can stop at Celine, Christian Dior, and Versace. And don’t miss the Yves Saint Laurent hidden inside the Waldorf Astoria Chicago on Walton Street. While you’re there, stop to admire the hotel’s glittering lobby chandelier, inspired by the vintage jewelry designs of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior.

The district is also known as a haven for spas. Pop into Salon Lashe, Mireille’s Studio, Charles Ifergan, or CaTara Med Spa for a luxurious treatment or to pick up some top-of-the-line beauty products.

Luxe lunch break

Le Colonial – The Monkey Parlour

If you want to linger at the Waldorf, you can enjoy their luxurious dining options like Brass Tack, a classic American brasserie with a laidback ambiance and Bernard’s, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Nearby, the Museum of Contemporary Art houses the excellent Marisol restaurant, where plates come out looking like a work of art. Other fashionable food options near the Gold Coast include French-Vietnamese cuisine at Le Colonial and fresh seafood and steaks at Hugo’s Frog Bar.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Eternal Light at Driehaus Museum
Photography by Michael Tropea at the Driehaus Museum, 2019

An Oak Street shopping trip will take you within just a few blocks of some of the city’s most popular downtown attractions, including:

TILT at 360 CHICAGO: The ultimate observation deck thrill ride is located on the 94th floor of 875 N. Michigan Ave., formerly the John Hancock Center.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Wander galleries filled with the latest in contemporary art and grab a bite at Marisol, the museum’s acclaimed restaurant.

Chicago Sports Museum: Test your skills against the world’s sports greats at this interactive museum, located on the 7th floor of Water Tower Place.

City Gallery at Historic Water Tower: This gem of a Gothic Revival building survived the Great Chicago Fire. Today, it’s home to fascinating rotating art exhibits.

Driehaus Museum: Relive Chicago’s Gilded Age at the former Nickerson Mansion, known as Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

Newberry Library: Take a look at a vast collection of rare books, maps, music, and manuscripts, spanning more than six centuries at this architecturally stunning research library.