Gold Coast Travel Guide
A distinguished independent research institution with over 1.5 million books, the stately Newberry Library holds free exhibitions and lectures, all open to the public. Whether or not you’re in the mood to crack some spines, the magnificence of the building itself is worth the visit.
The ultimate shopping experience, 900 North Michigan boasts six floors of more than 70 luxury retailers, comprised of both national brands and boutiques, including Gucci, Michael Kors, and Bloomingdale’s.
On Friday and Saturday nights, indulge in the decadent Chocolate Bar at The Lobby on the fifth floor of The Peninsula Chicago.
Named for the famous Grateful Dead tune, this Oak Street boutique has been a Chicago standby since it opened in 1972. Chic yet comfortable separates from Splendid, Ella Moss, and Vince fill the racks.
Cocktail culture meets small plates at The Drawing Room at Le Passage in the Gold Coast neighborhood. This culinary cocktail lounge’s natural backdrop (zebrawood walls, green plants, white curtains) and limited seating for just 60 patrons evoke a tony intimacy.
With overstuffed royal-purple chairs, a French oil painting, and architectural books scattered throughout, Sofitel’s Le Bar feels like a nobleman’s drawing room. Settle in and peruse the His and Hers cocktail menu; it’s divided for Venus and Mars residents and their gender-specific palates.
Located in a very popular shopping area along North Michigan Avenue, Alternatives not only stays ahead of current trends, but has been know to inspire them. The Florentine owner and founder prides himself on carrying Italian-designed men’s and women’s shoes that challenge traditional styles.