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Gold Coast

A Chicago Neighborhood


Historic High-Rise Buildings and the Ultimate Luxury in Chicago’s Gold Coast

As part of the city of Chicago’s north side, the Gold Coast Historic District’s perimeters are North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street and Clark Street. In 1882, after the Great Chicago Fire, a millionaire by the name of Potter Palmer had a swamp area filled--this became Lake Shore Drive--and then built the Palmer Mansion, a veritable castle with 42 rooms. Shortly thereafter other wealthy Chicagoans joined Palmer in the area, and it became the wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Today the Gold Coast is a mix of mansions, high-rise buildings and row houses.

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Who Lives There

The Gold Coast neighborhood has a total population of 7,565 people and the median age of the residents is 36. Of those, 37.88% have a bachelor’s degree and a significant 56.34% of households are childless. The average income is $149,900. Rent prices are around $1500 per month for a studio apartment, $3255 per month for a two bedroom and over $5000 per month for a three bedroom unit.

Places of Interest

As you walk through the Gold Coast neighborhood you will find the Charnley-Perskey House Museum, designed by Louis Sullivan and his apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours are available by appointment. The Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1967, is a venue for performances and original exhibitions. In warm weather months the Oak Street Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy the sun, watch volleyball or just gaze into the water. East Lakeshore Drive and the Magnificent Mile are not included in the Gold Coast’s historic designation but generally are considered part of the neighborhood. If you like to shop, the Magnificent Mile is the place to be. Anchored by three large vertical malls called 900 North Shops, Water Tower Place and The Shops at North Bridge, shopping has never been so fun. The restaurants are too numerous to name and there is food for every taste and pocketbook.

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August Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2022 Chicago Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the August 2022 key findings and figures for the Chicago rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Chicago and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Chicago average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Chicago Rent Prices Increase From July to August

Chicago rent prices increased over the last month. From July to August, the city experienced a 3.65% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,619.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from July to August, Chicago experienced a 3.46% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,942.0.

August Prices: Chicago vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Chicago over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 4 of the Chicago suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 2 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Oak Park, IL, Evanston, IL, Naperville, IL, Arlington Heights, IL .

  • Rent decreased in Lombard, IL, Warrenville, IL.

  • 2 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Chicago.

  • 4 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Chicago.

August 2022 Pricing Trends: Chicago vs. National Comparisons

Chicago Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Chicago over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Chicago average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's August 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Chicago and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Chicago and suburbs

1 BR August 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR August 2 BR M/M % Change
Chicago, IL $1,562.0 2.29% $1,877.0 2.46%
Oak Park, IL $1,105.0 0.46% $1,519.0 3.33%
Evanston, IL $1,393.0 3.11% $1,502.0 -0.66%
Lombard, IL $1,718.0 0.00% $2,467.0 2.32%
Naperville, IL $1,447.0 1.12% $1,823.0 0.39%
Warrenville, IL $2,419.0 0.00% $3,522.0 0.00%
Arlington Heights, IL $1,325.0 0.38% $1,597.0 1.14%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.