Hyde Park, one of the most vibrant, populous and racially diverse South Side neighborhoods, has gained global notoriety in the last decade due to the proximity of the Obama’s home in adjacent historic Kenwood. But it’s also home to the University of Chicago. It was the location of the World’s Fair in 1893 (the year the CAA opened) and where the only remaining building, the Museum of Science and Industry, sits. It’s where one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important projects, Robie House, is. And it’s where, in recent years, a number of great stores and restaurants, like Promontory and A10, have opened.
If you want to check out Hyde Park, it’s an easy ride straight down Lake Shore Drive. You can wander the U of C campus, meander down 57th Street, check out the gorgeous historic homes in Kenwood and head to the lakefront to relax at Promontory Point, one of the city’s most beautiful parks or to the Japanese Gardens in Jackson Park, just south of the museum. On Aug. 20, the Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the first of many open house sessions to learn about the area and DNAinfo has a great interactive map plotting numerous points of interest so you can do your own walking tour.