Everybody knows Hyde Park is home to the renowned University of Chicago campus and the Obama house. But there is so much more to discover! Let’s explore Hyde Park!
Whether you want to check out a U-505 WW2 German submarine, explore the interior of a 1960’s United Airlines’ Boeing 727, or learn everything there is to know about hurricanes, the MSI makes it possible with enough temporary and permanent exhibits to keep you busy all day long..
Robie House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most celebrated structures, an icon of modern design. Just be sure to book your tour tickets in advance and note that it’s closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
When Rockefeller, co-founder of the University of Chicago, had this Gothic Revival chapel built, it was intended to be the ‘central and dominant feature’ of the campus. With its height and seating for 1700 people, you could say that mission was accomplished. The 72-bell carillon is the second-largest in the world — a separate gift from Rockefeller to honor his mother.
A hidden gem on the University of Chicago campus, the Oriental Institute was founded in 1919 and has been a leading research center for the study of ancient civilizations ever since. The different galleries devoted to Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the Levant contain over 350,000 artifacts.
The DuSable Museum collection includes more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, print works, and historical memorabilia. Main attractions include ‘The March’, an exhibit from TIME and executive producer Viola Davis that invites you to experience a recreation of one of the most iconic moments in American history, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
EAT & DRINK
Gorrée offers amazing Senegalese food. Our recommendations include the maffe,a traditional stew) made with lamb, peanut butter, and yucca; the grilled red snapper; and the dibi chicken. The portions are very generous at Gorrée, so make sure you’re ready to share with friends or family.
MEDICI ON 57TH
Medici on 57th has been a Hyde Park staple for almost six decades. When Hans Morbasch bought the Medici Gallery and Coffeehouse in 1962, only art and coffee were sold there. Over the years, burgers and pizzas have been added to the mix making for a very eclectic menu — one that includes President Obama’s favorite, the Garbage Pizza or Burger.
PLEIN AIR CAFE
Plein Air is a French expression, meaning ‘in the open air,’ which describes the act of outdoor painting. Plein Air is a French atelier-inspired café and eatery, providing a warm, serene atmosphere, where guests can enjoy good coffee, food, and design. The menu showcases simple, comforting dishes.
This unique entertainment venue and event space honors the musical legacy and community spirit of Hyde Park. The Promontory is dedicated to celebrating the eras when spacious ballrooms and jumping jazz clubs made Chicago’s South Side the music capital of America!
Founded by French Canadian William Valois in 1921, this cafeteria-style restaurant is one of the oldest in the United States. At the counter, you can choose from the many freshly made breakfast or lunch items, including some of Barack Obama’s favorite dishes. As an old-school restaurant though, having been in the same family since 1971, just make sure to bring cash.
This upscale Southern restaurant is a date night favorite with its bright and airy dining room and separate, dimly lit bar area. Whether you’re just here to grab a cocktail or are ready to eat your heart out, you can’t go wrong with anything off their menu!
57TH STREET BOOKS
Warning: once you enter this bookstore and start browsing, you may be tempted to spend the rest of the day here. Friendly and helpful employees will only contribute to that. Check out their website for events and book launches.
The Silver Room was founded in 1997 by Erik Williams and is considered an intersection of art, community, and culture. With original items, artifacts, and other cool stuff to peruse, this is the perfect spot to score a unique gift.
With over 50 years of experience, Wesley’s Shoes is the oldest independent black-owned shoe retailer in the country. They’ve won numerous awards and always rank high on retail lists. So step inside, have your feet measured, and find your perfect pair!