Chicago neighborhoods

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago is west of Lake Michigan, north of the Riverwalk and south of North Avenue. The neighborhood provides easy access on foot to the Magnificent Mile (to its east) and Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park, which are both north of the neighborhood. The Chicago elevated train line, the El, runs through the middle of the neighborhood.

Notable nearby attractions include Ed Debevic's famous diner on West Ontario at North Wells Street. And, Rush Street has been known for its bars and restaurants since the 1960s. Northwestern University's Medical and Law Schools are also located here.

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Gold Coast

Chicago's Gold Coast is north of The Loop and east of downtown. Its borders include Lake Shore Drive to the east and North Clark Street to the west. Its southern edge is considered West Oak Street. The Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo are found along the Gold Coast's north end along West North Avenue. Boutique shops and bigger names like Armani, Gucci and Chanel, line the avenues here.

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Magnificent Mile

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is really the busy thoroughfare Michigan Avenue, which sits just north of Chicago's downtown Loop and south of the Gold Coast neighborhood. The John Hancock Building towers over the street. Shoppers will enjoy the many luxury stores surrounding the area as well as the expansive indoor mall known as Water Tower Place.

From the Hancock building, the Art Institute of Chicago is five El stops away and the Field Museum is just seven El stops away.

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The Loop

The Chicago Loop sits within the confines of the Chicago River to the north and west and Lake Michigan to the east. Roosevelt Road marks The Loop's southern border.

Grant Park takes up a large portion of the lakefront here. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Symphony Hall and Anish Kapoor's iconic Cloud Gate, affectionately called the "bean," are a few of the many tourist attractions found in the area. The Chicago El train offers multiple stops throughout The Loop carrying passengers to nearby and far-flung sections of Chicago.

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