Gold Coast & Streeterville
If you're looking to spend cash while you're in Chicago, look no further than Streeterville. Home to the Magnificent Mile, this neighborhood is the epicenter of American retail therapy. Out-of-towners crowd Michigan Avenue on the weekends to pay visits to retailers like Apple, Ralph Lauren and Williams Sonoma.
For a view outside the checkout aisle, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art. To learn more about the city's history and renowned architecture, sign up for one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's boat tours. These tours depart from the south end of Streeterville on the Chicago River and will send you home with some expert knowledge on why the city is known as the official home of the skyscraper.
Just north of Streeterville lies the home of old money in Chicago: the Gold Coast. Pristine mansions and luxury apartment buildings line this neighborhood's streets. In the summer, Gold Coast residents are just steps away from the sun at Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan.© NileGuide