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Inviting you to follow my blog so you won’t miss anything, but can read in leisure. Let’s stroll Lake Shore Drive today along The Gold Coast
Important to this lake front scene are the elegant apartment buildings that line the West Side of Lake Shore Drive. Katherine grew up wondering about the people who lived in these expensive properties, always enthralled with the exquisite interior photographs in a magazine like Architectural Digest. She imagined an urban and sophisticated couple saying good evening to their doorman before asking him to hail a taxi to take them to some smart and expensive restaurant. Given Katherine’s disposition, she believed the occupants of these lovely buildings were living rich and interesting lives in a beautiful and fascinating city. Now Katherine owned one of these amazing apartments. From my new novel, Facing East
A Wikipedia Moment: The Gold Coast Historic District is a part of Chicago’s Near North Side community area, it is roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.
The Gold Coast neighborhood grew in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. In 1882, millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the area from the Prairie Avenue neighborhood on the city’s south side. He filled in a swampy area which later became Lake Shore Drive, and built the Palmer Mansion, a forty-two room castle-like structure designed by Henry Ives Cobb and Charles Sumner Frost. Other wealthy Chicagoans followed Potter into the neighborhood, which became one of the richest in Chicago. Today, the neighborhood is a mixture of mansions, row houses, and high-rise apartments.
The nearby East Lake Shore Drive District and parts of northern Streeterville and the Magnificent Mile near the lake can also be considered part of the Gold Coast (such as the area around the famous 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments), even if not technically in the historic designation.