For years, one of Starbucks' most consistent best sellers has been its Gold Coast coffee blend, named for this upscale neighborhood. Now, obviously coffee beans don't grow anywhere remotely close to Chicago, so why the shout out? It's because Chicago's Gold Coast has become synonymous with high-end, luxurious living. It's the real estate equivalent of a strong, rich cup of coffee.
From turn-of-the-century mansions to state-of-the-art high-rises, the Gold Coast offers all things sweet and swanky. Adjacent to both the world-famous Magnificent Mile shopping strip and scenic Lake Michigan, this area is studded with some of the city's finest dining and drinking establishments. Several city parks call the Gold Coast home, including Oak Street Beach. This is also where you'll find the John Hancock Center and the breathtaking views of the city from its 96th-floor bar and restaurant.