Chicago’s Gold Coast has been a destination for prominent Chicago families since the 1880s. The location is ideal, bordering Lake Michigan from Oak Street Beach, north to the entrance of Lincoln Park. The bucolic streets are home to greystones, luxury condos and co-op buildings built by the most significant architects of the early twentieth century, and continue to be highly valued today. Homes on Astor Street The brisk sales made by River North realtors in this area can be attributed to the neighborhood's walkable distance to the Loop and residents' ability to stroll down nearby Michigan Avenue, dine at five-star hotels, and shop at fine grocers such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and the Potash Market. Public transportation is also accessible with the CTA bus line and the CTA Red Line, which offer stops at Grand and Chicago Avenue Dine A stroll down Oak Street takes you past a selection of high-end restaurants. Fig & Olive offers Southern French fare to be enjoyed on their Rosé Terrace, in the elegant White Room or in the intimate Wine Room. Across the street, Le Colonial serves up Vietnamese gourmet in an atmosphere inspired by 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia, with a private chef’s dining room available for a unique gourmet experience. Freds Chicago at Barneys New York is a destination unto itself, especially in the summer with views of the lake from the outdoor patio.