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Things to do in Gold Coast

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Gold Coast. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Gold Coast attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Gold Coast to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Gold Coast.

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  • Alternatives Shoes

    Located in a very popular shopping area along North Michigan Avenue, Alternatives not only stays ahead of current trends, but has been know to insp... More
  • Le Bar at The Sofitel

    With overstuffed royal-purple chairs, a French oil painting, and architectural books scattered throughout, Sofitel’s Le Bar feels like a nobleman’s... More
  • Sugar Magnolia

    Named for the famous Grateful Dead tune, this Oak Street boutique has been a Chicago standby since it opened in 1972. Chic yet comfortable separate... More
  • The Drawing Room at Le Passage

    Cocktail culture meets small plates at The Drawing Room at Le Passage in the Gold Coast neighborhood. This culinary cocktail lounge’s natural backd... More

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