After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and following Potter Palmer’s 1885 castle-esque mansion, the wealthy of Chicago began moving north of the Loop to develop Lake Shore Drive into what would became one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Referred to as the Gold Coast, this fabled neighborhood lines Lake Michigan and contains vintage architecture, modern high rises, and rare insight into the early residents who made Chicago an incredible city.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we explore the residential side of the city on this name-your-own-price tour of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Take in sights such as the historic Drake Hotel, the original Playboy Mansion, an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School architecture, as well as the oldest private residences on Lake Shore Drive.
As we take in these one-of-a-kind homes and mansions, you’ll learn about the men and women who called the Gold Coast home while shaping the Chicago we know and love today.
Some sights and topics we’ll cover on the Gold Coast tour: