Chicago on the Cheap neighborhood guide: Gold Coast. The Gold Coast gets its name from the streets lined with expensive homes and high rise condos. Map. It’s also the home to Rush Street also known as the Viagra Triangle. The shenanigans of Rush Street run along Division Street around State Street and head south along Rush and along several adjacent side streets. In addition to 4AM bars, there’s also some interesting (window) shopping along Oak Street and Rush Street. Like other areas of the city there’s a healthy mix of drinking and dining options at all price points. Along it’s eastern border is the Lake.
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Free and cheap things to do:
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, (312) 943-9090, is a fascinating place, a private research library with some incredible collections, exhibits and lectures and workshops many of which are free.
Washington Square Park, 901 N Clark St, (312) 742-7895. A beautiful park across from the Newberry Library.
Charnley-Persky House Museum, 1365 N. Astor Street, 312-573-1365. Free tour on Wednesdays 12PM
International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312.642.6502. Admission is free for all visitors every Tuesday, year round.
Shopping along Oak and Rush Streets:
Bravco and B-Too Beauty, 43 E Oak St, (312) 943-4305. An enormous selection of haircare and beauty products at lower than salon prices. Cash only.
Dining and drinking
Where to buy groceries in the Gold Coast:
Jewel-Osco, 1210 North Clark, (312) 944-6950. Full service grocery store.
Potash, 875 N State St, (312) 266-4200. Full service grocery store.
Treasure Island, 75 W. Elm, (312) 440.1144. Full service grocery store.
Whole Foods, 30 W. Huron, (312) 932.9600.
Walgreens, 1200 N Dearborn St, (312) 943-0973.
Areas adjacent to the Gold Coast: