How to Find Parking in the Gold Coast

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In This Guide

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to find parking in the Gold Coast:

About the Gold Coast

Whereas most Chicago neighborhoods go through periods of fluctuating popularity, the city’s affluent have always flocked to the Gold Coast. In the late 1800s, the neighborhood was originally known as the Astor Street District, inspired by one of the richest men in the country, John Jacob Astor.

Walking the manicured streets of the Gold Coast, you’ll come across 19th century mansions, high-rise luxury apartment buildings, designer retailers, and high-end restaurants. Given the beauty of the well-kept neighborhood, as well as its close proximity to downtown, many reputable hotels are located there, too.

Things to Know About Parking in the Gold Coast

Most parking in the Gold Coast consists of residential and off-street parking. There are a few metered parking spots along the western and southern streets of the neighborhood, but none located centrally. If you need to park for the entire day, you’ll save money by parking in a garage or lot at a daily rate, rather than parking on the street at an hourly rate.

An important factor to keep in mind is the weather. In the winter, look out for signs indicating whether it’s legal to park on the street. This will depend on how much snow is on the ground. If a couple inches of snow have fallen, your best bet is to opt for a parking garage – both for the safety of your car and for the possibility that the street needs to be cleared.

Find more here on general Chicago parking information, like the details of the Chicago vehicle sticker, how to retrieve a towed car, and more.

Top Parking Tips

  • Do a little bit of research before heading over to the Gold Coast. If your destination is located along the southern or western borders of the neighborhood, you’ll most likely find metered street parking within walking distance. If you’re spending the entire day in the Gold Coast or are visiting the central or eastern areas of the neighborhood, you may want to opt for garage or lot parking.
  • Always, always look out for signage about parking restrictions when parking on the street. Restrictions typically have to do with weather, time limits, and street cleaning.
  • Most street parking in the Gold Coast has a time limit. Feeding the meter for more time won’t count if you exceed the maximum amount of time allowed. You have to move your car after the maximum parking time, even if that means moving it one spot down. Otherwise, you’ll risk getting a parking ticket.

 

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Best Places to Park in the Gold Coast

The garage at 1400 N. Lake Shore Drive stands out. It’s in a great location for the Gold Coast, just a block away from the lake.

Another attractive option is the garage at 1340 N. Astor Street, which is located in the Astor Street District where many of Chicago’s historic mansions still stand.

For street parking, check out N. Dearborn Street between Goethe Street and Division Street.

Lots and Garages

View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in the Gold Coast. Expand the map to find more options outside of the neighborhood.

 253 E Delaware Pl Valet

Maple & Ash Valet

2 E Oak St Valet

58 E Oak St Valet

15 E Oak St Valet

1031 N Rush St Valet

58 E Oak St Valet

233 E Erie St Garage

1221 N State Parkway Garage

1000 N Lake Shore Dr Valet

1212 N Lake Shore Dr Valet

1250 N Dearborn St Garage

211 E Erie St Valet

John Hancock Center Garage

Hilton Suites Garage

441 E Erie St Garage

100 E Walton St Valet

10 E Chestnut St Garage

750 N Rush St Garage

57 E Oak St Valet

200 E Chestnut St Valet

1221 N State St Valet

1301 N State Pkwy Valet

150 E Huron St Valet

14 E Cedar St Lot

535 N St Clair St Garage

Public Chicago Hotel Valet

1400 N Lake Shore Dr Lot

Raqcuet Club Chicago Valet

Edgewater Plaza Valet

1400 N Lake Shore Dr Garage

233 E Erie St Garage

The Streeter Garage

11 W Elm St Valet

1 E Delaware Pl Garage

Raffaello Hotel Garage

1340 N Astor St Garage

Street Parking

Street Parking Overview

Street parking in the Gold Coast depends on a variety of factors: how long you need parking, where you’re going, whether or not you’re a resident, how far you’re willing to walk, and the weather. Your best bet? Do a little research beforehand to decide if street parking is right for you.

Metered street parking is sparse in the Gold Coast if you don’t have a residential parking permit. The only metered spots in the neighborhood are located on the southern and western borders. However, there’s ample residential parking.

And don’t forget about Chicago winters, which makes street parking impossible at times.

 

Best Bets for Street Parking

Gold Coast Best Bets

N Sandburg Terrace

  • Find ample metered parking on Sandburg between North and Division.
  • This is the largest stretch of metered parking in the Gold Coast, making it a reliable place to search for street parking.

N Dearborn St

  • There is metered parking on Dearborn between Goethe and Division.

E Oak St

  • More metered parking can be found on Oak between Rush and Lake Shore Drive.
  • Some of the city’s best retail locations are located at and around Oak and Rush streets.

 

Gold Coast Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas
Gold Coast Meters

All metered parking in the Gold Coast costs $4 per hour. Click here for an interactive version of the map above.

Find more information about metered parking in the Gold Coast, like disability parking and pay station hours, here.

 

Paying for Metered Parking in the Gold Coast

You can pay for metered parking in the Gold Coast at the pay stations located in the parking zone where you are parking. You should see a sign pointing to the direction of the pay station. Quarters and credit/debit/pre-paid cards are all accepted.

Another option is to download the city’s street parking app, ParkChicago, which allows you to pay from your smartphone. But its best feature is the ability to extend the time on your meter without having to go back to your car, especially in the winter!

 

Gold Coast Residential Parking Zone

Gold Coast Residential

Residential parking is available all throughout the Gold Coast. Click here to see Chicago’s residential parking map.

To park in a residential zone, you need either a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker with Residential Zone Parking or a Daily Residential Parking Permit for guests. Some zones require a residential permit at all times, while others only require permit at certain times of day or night. Find more information about city vehicle stickers here.

 

Snow Regulations

Snow plows clear snow almost daily to maintain the Gold Coast’s streets in the winter. That being said, street parking is prohibited when there’s over 2 inches of snow. Don’t carry a ruler with you? Your best bet is to avoid street parking altogether when it’s snowing or when snow is on the ground. Park in a parking garage or lot instead.

The city also puts overnight parking bans in place during the winter so that the streets can be plowed at night. Check the City of Chicago website in the winter for more information about when exactly those bans are in place.

Parking Near Top Attractions

Charnley-Persky House Museum: Located on Astor Street, the internationally recognized Charnley House was designed by famous architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1891 and 1892. The Astor Street District in the Gold Coast is a fitting location. In the late 1880s, the neighborhood developed into one of the wealthiest areas in Chicago.

The Charnley-Persky House Museum offers free tours every Wednesday at 12 p.m., as well as $10 tours on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Limited public street parking is located along W. Schiller Street. Here are a couple valet garages within walking distance of the museum:

1350 N Lake Shore Dr Valet

1212 N Lake Shore Dr Valet

 

Shopping on Oak Street: The Gold Coast has a reputation for some of the best high-end shopping in Chicago and the Midwest. Boutiques such as Hermes, Independence, and Wolford are all located along southern Gold Coast’s Oak Street. Even if designer retailers aren’t in your stars, the beautiful tree-lined streets and window-shopping make for a fun afternoon out.

Plenty of metered parking is located along Oak and Rush streets. If you want to ensure a spot, there’s also ample off-street parking:

57 E Oak St Valet

Barney’s Valet

Fig & Olive Valet

Resources

  • CTA – Chicago’s public transportation site with parking information near city trains and buses.
  • Parknav – Helps parkers find the best street parking with real-time predictive data.
  • ParkMe – Helps parkers find off- and on-street parking using full-time researchers and a predictive algorithm.
  • Cityofchicago.org – City website with parking information, such as laws, restrictions, permits, and more. 
  • SpotHero – Find and reserve parking in advance with this free on-demand parking app.
  • Parkopedia – Browse street and off-street parking rates with an interactive map.

 

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