As a northsider, they don’t tell you that a place like Hyde Park exists. With its impressive architecture and college town feel, it’s very different than the Chicago that’s always presented on the news or on TV or in movies. While it may be further south than most venture to, just go. For many, Hyde park is an entry point to getting to know the southside. One of the city’s most historic and popular destinations is in fact Hyde Park. Not only did it host the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893, also known as the Columbian Exposition, but it is also the home of the University of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. Touted as one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, it is clear to see why it’s become such a cross section for so many different people. That isn’t to say Hyde Park isn’t without it’s ‘ivory tower’ institutions and privileges but it is a model for a cohesive and diverse city. It’s no wonder President Barack Obama lived here, with cultural institutions and people breathing life into the local community and beyond.
Here are just some places to consider, although you’ll find so many more.
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
One of the first independent museums focused on the study and preservation of African American history.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
An amazing example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture.
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
Contemporary Art Space and local artist hub.
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Hyde Park Records
1377 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Such a cool spot to browse and find something unexpected.
1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
The deserts are incredible, a very cute place, and a woman owned business!