Gold Coast

The Neighborhood Of Gold Coast

Located north from Chicago Avenue to North Avenue and east from the Lakefront to LaSalle Street. The Gold Coast is one of the oldest areas in Chicago and is the city’s wealthiest. It dates back to 1882 when Potter Palmer (a civic leader) bought land covered by little more than frog ponds on what would later become north Lake Shore Drive. There he built what would be the first of many mansions there.

Land values in the Gold Coast increased by 400% within a decade, and it became the home of the Chicago’s most-affluent citizens. The Gold Coast also boasts the famed “Rush and Division Street” district, which houses some of the most popular bars, restaurants, and upscale-shopping in the city.

The Gold Coast is also home to the Newberry Library. The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities, with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. It houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts.

Important Information For Gold Coast:

City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.