Saturday, April 17, 2010

Neighborhood Spotlight: HYDE PARK

Home to the University of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, and pre-White House Obama, Hyde Park is a dynamic neighborhood with lots to offer. Founded in the 1850s, and developed by investments from great Chicago philanthropists such as Rockefeller and Marshall Field, Hyde Park has retained its reputation as a culturally, educationally, and architecturally significant neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The University of Chicago, however, has had by far the greatest impact on the small neighborhood, contributing art and cultural attractions such as the Oriental Institute Museum and Rockefeller Chapel (pictured). Tree-lined streets, stately architecture, quiet parks and hip restaurants make Hyde Park worth the 25-minute bus trip from the hostel.

 KNOWN FOR: Vibrant with the arts, culture, architecture, and diversity; The University of Chicago.

 DON’T MISS: The Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Dr); Oriental Institute (1155 E 58th St), a free museum of art & history of the ancient Near East; Seminary Co-Op Bookstores (5757 S University Avenue) Hyde Park’s favorite book store; Valois (1518 E 53rd St) for no-fuss diner food; Istria Café (1520 E 57th St) for Intelligentsia coffee, deserts, and gelato.

 GET THERE: Take the #6 bus from State and Harrison south to 56th Street

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