Whereas most Chicago neighborhoods go through periods of fluctuating popularity, the city’s affluent have always flocked to the Gold Coast. Walking the manicured streets of the Gold Coast, you’ll come across 19th century mansions, high-rise luxury apartment buildings, designer retailers, high-end restaurants, and hotels.
Finding parking in any downtown neighborhood can be difficult if you don’t plan ahead. Our Gold Coast Parking Guide was created to prevent drivers and visitors to the neighborhood from circling the block looking for parking and paying astronomical prices. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about finding cheap, convenient spaces regardless of the amount of time you need to park your car. Enjoy your time in Gold Coast and park with a smile on your face!
Gold Coast Online Parking Reservations
Use the map below to explore parking options in Gold Coast and reserve a space ahead of time with SpotHero
Off-street parking is the perfect solution for anyone headed to Gold Coast for more than a few hours. It can also be a great alternative to taking your chances on finding an open street parking space. The table below outlines some of the best parking deals in Gold Coast, and their locations. Reserving parking spaces ahead of time helps prevent drivers from circling the block looking for available spaces. You’ll know exactly where you’re going to park, how much you’ll pay, and most importantly that a parking spot will be waiting for you on the other end of your journey!
|Name||Price Range||Online Reservations?||Nearest Intersection|
|1212 N Lake Shore Dr.||$17 – 9 hours||Book Now!||Divison & Lake Shore Dr|
|61 E Banks St – Valet||$16 – 8 hours||Book Now!||Bank St & Lake Shore Dr|
|130 E Oak St – Valet||$16 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Michigan Ave & Oak St|
|1250 N Dearborn St – Valet||$20 –12 hours||Book Now!||Goethe & Dearborn|
|58 E Oak St – Valet||$10 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Oak & State St|
|2 E Oak St – Valet||$14 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Oak & State St|
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- There is metered parking on Dearborn between Goethe and Division.
- 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.
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 Zones
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 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.
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
Fig & Olive Valet
- 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.