Anyone who visits the Gold Coast falls in love. Nestled between Lakeshore, North Ave, and Oak and Clark St it's a beautiful neighborhood to stroll through, and you can find some lively spots that are always worth checking out.
If you are needing some international inspiration (and one of the best kept secrets in the city), look no further than acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Mina’s only Chicago spot: Margeaux Brasserie. Inspired by Parisian culture, Margeaux Brasserie is a celebration of French cuisine, featuring regional Midwestern ingredients lead by Executive Chef Brent Balika.
The space is a gem and offers guests the ambiance of an exciting brasserie in Paris while encouraging them to sip fine wine at the distinguished bar, savor cocktails and hor d’oeuvres in the lounge, or experience Balika’s classic-yet-eclectic menus for weekday breakfast, weekend brunch, happy hour and dinner in the dining room. Recently, the restaurant launched “Monday’s at Margeaux,” which features a rotating premiére, deuxiéme, and troisiéme menu along with half-priced bottles of select red, white, and sparkling wines for only $35 per person every Monday night. The Gold Coast restaurant and its cafe counterpart, Petit Margeaux, also have a stunning 22-seat patio for al fresco dining- a perfect space for anyone wanting to get to know the Gold Coast more intimately.
A true staple of Midwestern luxury, the Shinola store is located across from famed Chicago steakhouse, Gibson’s, just down the street from Dior. The Detroit-based brand sells bicycles, jewelry, journals, and watches, which it is best known for. The brand set out to create an American watch-manufacturing brand to rival Swiss-makers at a lower price point in 2011 and has since opened outposts around the country and abroad. The sleek storefront shop houses a Willard Bar, which lets shoppers customize their own watches. The curation of quality goods from some of the top craftsmanship from around the world make it worth a stop while visiting the Gold Coast.
3 Arts Club Café
Hidden within a predominantly residential part of the Gold Coast, this stunning historical building houses a stunning Restoration Hardware Showroom and a cafe in the center of the space, run by one of Chicago’s top restaurateurs, Brendan Sodikoff, and his hospitality group, Hogsalt. For locals, this place is either a go-to spot for weekend brunch and weekday lunch or it is one of the greatest secrets in the city.
When you have worn yourself looking through the exquisite showroom, you can grab coffee or a bite at the 3 Arts Club Café. Guests can dine in the Grand Courtyard, a light-filled, all-season oasis featuring a restored historic fountain and Heritage olive trees, or anywhere else in the gallery. Just needing a quick pick-me-up? The cafe serves teas, cold-press juices, sodas and beers in addition to coffee. Enjoy freshly baked pastries, including a must-have doughnut from Doughnut Vault, in one of the most sun soaked rooms in Chicago.
Just on the outskirts of Gold Coast, closer to Streeterville and one block east of the historic Water Tower, the MCA has been a champion of the provocative side of contemporary art and culture since 1945. With a mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with their ambitious educational programs, the MCA is a stop for any local or visitor who is in the area.
After perusing the exhibits for an hour or two (or six), head to Chef Jason Hammel’s new restaurant, Marisol, and enjoy meals inspired by food and art. Marisol was named for the Venezuelan-American artist whose gift of her work, Six Women, in 1968 started the MCA’s collection. The inspiration of this former New York art scene star has been combined with the immersive work of british artist Chris Ofili to make the space a destination that speaks for itself. Chef Hammel and his chef de cuisine Sarah Rinkavage have taken their experience in farm-to-table dishes at Lula Cafe and have incorporated it in Marisol’s seasonal menus and plates.