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Hyde Park

Located roughly 6 miles south of the Chicago Loop, Hyde Park combines the culture and convenience of city life with the greenery one might expect of a suburban environment. The blend of urban metropolis meets small town setting is an excellent backdrop for Chicagoans who seek a historic, diverse neighborhood backdrop with modern amenities and new residential growth.

Originally a southern suburb of Chicago, Hyde Park was assimilated into the city and its land was then used to host the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Today, the area of the exposition has become Jackson Park - 600 acres of lakefront space that provides a picturesque plot for all manner of exercise, recreation, and mental stimulation. For those interested in exercising their minds as well as their legs (and with a number of biking and jogging trails, there are plenty of ways to give those legs a workout), Hyde Park is home to the Museum of Science & Industry. The museum building is one of the two remaining structures from the Columbian Exposition (the other is the Golden Lady sculpture, also worth checking). The Museum of Science & Industry is an all-around good time for families, students, tourists and those who live in the neighborhood, just minutes from the site. The sprawling museum grounds are a whirlwind of excitement, including giant spherical movie screens, submarine tours, model green homes and countless other exhibits, both permanent (scores of us have fond memories of the coal mine tour or walking through an enormous beating heart) and touring (who can forget the intriguing yet slightly creepy Body Worlds exhibit of real human bodies without their skin).

Hyde Park

Though the area experienced an economic decline in the 1950s, as did much of Chicago's south side, Hyde Park recovered in the 1960s when a massive urban renewal project helped turn the neighborhood into the healthy community it is today. Now, the streets of Hyde Park are packed with a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks that cater to students (who attend the University of Chicago - see more below) and permanent residents. The diverse neighborhood has also proven itself an attractive place for families due to its plentiful playgrounds, public green spaces, affordable homes and good schools.

In addition to a number of excellent elementary, junior high, and high schools, Hyde Park is home to the prominent University of Chicago. Nestled in the center of the neighborhood, the University of Chicago is one of the top college-level institutions in the world. In addition to offering undergraduate, graduate, and research opportunities to students, the university has benefited the Hyde Park community, playing a major role in the area's revitalization over the years. The university is home to museums and public programs that support the non-student population of Hyde Park and create a culturally well-rounded neighborhood in one of the city's most historic spots.

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Dining in Hyde Park

H & A Restaurant
432 E 63rd St
Cuisine: American
Medici on 57th
1327 E 57th St
Cuisine: Italian
Noodles Etc
1460 E 53rd St
Cuisine: American
Ribs & Bibs
5300 S Dorchester Ave
Cuisine: Barbeque
Kikuya Japanese Restaurant
1601 E 55th St
Cuisine: Japanese
Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop
5225 S Harper Ave
Cuisine: Southern/Soul
La Petite Folie
1504 E 55th St
Cuisine: French
Cafe Florian
1450 E 57th St
Cuisine: Italian
Giordano's
5311 S Blackstone Ave
Cuisine: Pizza
Jalapeno's
1660 E 55th St Fl 1
Cuisine: Spanish
Cedars Of Lebanon
1618 E 53rd St
Cuisine: Lebanese
Calypso Cafe
5211 S Harper Ave
Cuisine: Caribbean
Jarunee Thai 55
1607 E 55th St
Cuisine: Thai
 

Resources in Hyde Park

Hospitals
Bernard Mitchell
5815 S. Maryland
University of Chicago Children's
5839 S. Maryland
University of Chicago Hospital
5841 S. Maryland
Post Office
1526 E. 55th
956 W. 58th

Entertainment in Hyde Park

Frederick Robie House
5757 S. Woodlawn
Midway Plaisance Park & Skating Rink
S. Ellis & WE. 60th
University of Chicago's Oriental Institute
1155 E. 58th
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Art Werk Gallery
5300 S. Blackstone
Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis
David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood
Susan Woodson Gallery
5121 S. Drexel
Weiss Museum of Judaica at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.
Hyde Park Historical Society
5529 S. Lake Park
Hyde Park Art Center
5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Jackson Park Beach (Central or 57th Street)
5700 S. South Shore Dr.
 

Shopping in Hyde Park

Artisans 21
5225 S. Harper
Brush Strokes
1369 E. 53rd
Calla Lily Gift Shop
5225 S. Harper
Dr. Wax Records & Tapes
5225 S. Harper
Futons & More
1370 E. 53rd
Powell's Bookstore
1501 E. 57th
Tony's Sports
1308 E. 53rd
Wheels & Things
5210 S. Harper
Coop's Discount Records/Coop's Underground
1350 E. 47th
 

Schools in Hyde Park

Andrew Carnegie School
1414 E. 61st
Chicago Theological Seminary
1220 E. 58th
Phillip Murray School
5335 S. Kenwood
St. Thomas School
5467 S. Woodlawn
William H. Ray School
5631 S. Kimbark
University of Chicago
5801 S. Ellis