Hyde Park is a culturally rich neighborhood south of downtown Chicago. Home to the stunning University of Chicago campus and the Museum of Science and Industry, people say history is made in Hyde Park due to the great historical figures, writers, musicians, and presidents that have come out of the area.
The neighborhood is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, seven miles south of the Chicago Loop. Hyde Park has many dynamic restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. It is known and loved for its diversity in landscape, architecture, and residents. Within the neighborhood, you’ll find varying aesthetics and styles, making for a unique and eclectic place.
Intellectually engaging atmosphere
Picturesque lakefront views
Culturally rich and diverse
Quality parks and greenery
Hyde Park was founded with the idea of attracting businessmen and their families to the area. Today, many young professionals and families live in Hyde Park. In East Hyde Park, you’ll find residents living in beautiful high-rise condominiums facing Lake Michigan. Throughout the rest of Hyde Park, you’ll find a variety of residences, including stunning single-family homes and smaller apartment buildings. Living in Hyde Park offers residents a dense, urban lifestyle experience.
There is an eclectic collection of shops, businesses, and dining establishments in Hyde Park. Along 53rd, 55th, and 57th street, you’ll find some of the locals’ favorite spots. The Promontory features delicious and creative cocktails, which you can enjoy around a brick hearth with loved ones or colleagues. The eatery also has brunch, dinner, late-night, and happy hour menus. Morry’s Deli is the “Best Deli in Chicago,” featuring old-school NYC-style sandwiches and other hearty staples. Virtue in the heart of Hyde Park flaunts impeccable southern cooking paired with wines and cocktails in a funky and chic space. For classic French fare, head to the elegant quarters of La Petite Folie. Students at the University of Chicago love Medici on 57th for their pizza, burgers, and sandwiches (and for their gluten-free options) and Insomnia Cookies for warm, late-night treats.
The shopping opportunities are endless and unique. Sir and Madame is a store run by a husband and wife with casual and vintage-inspired clothing, accessories, and shoes. Dearborn Denim features jeans and apparel made right in Chicago. What started as a three-day pop-up art fair turned into Connect Gallery—three combined exhibition spaces and storefronts in Downtown Hyde Park where you can shop for one-of-a-kind art.
Into art, culture, and design? The Hyde Park Art Center, one of the oldest alternative exhibition spaces in Chicago, has been around for over 70 years. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House is a popular and iconic masterpiece of American architectural design, and The Oriental Institute Museum is located on the University of Chicago campus, featuring stunning Gothic architecture and the Rockefeller Chapel. The Renaissance Society is a contemporary art museum that is free to the public.
History and science fans love the Museum of Science and Industry, which impressively features more than 2,000 quirky exhibits and is one of the largest, well-known science museums in the world. It’s located in one of the last buildings from the famous Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Pay a visit to the DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park—the country’s first institution devoted to African American culture and history. Also in Washington Park is the photo-friendly Fountain of Time as well as a bird and butterfly sanctuary. In Jackson Park, you can see the Garden of the Phoenix, a beautiful, tucked-away Japanese garden.
Promontory Point, located in Burnham Park on a man-made peninsula, provides gorgeous views, a relaxing place to hang out, and trails. It also offers special seasonal events, like outdoor movies and performances. It’s no surprise why Promontory Point is the go-to spot for outdoor lovers.
Hyde Park boasts an array of highly ranked schools. Highlights include:
Mcdade Elementary Classical School, Public, K-6
Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School, Public, 7-12
The University of Chicago, Private, Higher Education
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