The Hyde Park Insider’s Guide: 15 Great Things to Do

This South Side neighborhood sparkles with art, architecture, and culture.

(Clockwise from top left) Seminary Co-op Bookstore, The Fair Trader, Robie House, La Petite Folie, Oriental Institute, and Smart Museum of Art   Photos: (Robie House) Chicago Tribune; (all others) Travis Roozée

Court Theatre
[1] On U. of C.’s campus, the acclaimed director Charles Newell delivers reliably excellent takes on mostly classic plays. 5535 S. Ellis Ave., 773-753-4472,

Experimental Station
[2] The scrappy cultural center supports a vegan deli and an organic farmers’ market on Saturdays. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., 773-241-6044,

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The Fair Trader
[3] Here you’ll find handmade gifts—Ghanian baskets, Indian jewelry—from 35 countries. 1623 E. 55th St., 773-966-5269,

Fountain of Time
[4] Marvel at the massive sculpture at the Midway Plaisance: 100 figures marching under the gaze of Father Time. Cottage Grove Avenue and 59th Street, 312-744-3316,

[5] The owners of the beloved Old Town confectioner opened an outpost here last year. 5226 S. Harper Ave., 773-675-6731,

La Petite Folie
[6] Mary Mastricola, a grad of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, brings a loving touch to seasonal classics at this French bistro. 1504 E. 55th St., 773-493-1394,

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
[7] Visit the gleaming new $114 million arts center, an architectural standout, for its modern music and film series. 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787,

Ribs ’n’ Bibs

Ribs ’n’ Bibs

Oriental Institute
[8] Explore the city’s best collection of antiquities from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Turkey and more. 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9514,

Osaka Garden
[9] Find Zen-like refuge between the waterfalls and the traditional torii gate. 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., 773-256-0903,

Promontory Point
[10] Bring a picnic to this gorgeous park, which has the best skyline view in the city (and lakefront fire pits!). 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7529,

Ribs ’n’ Bibs
[11] This BBQ counter has been an institution since 1966, with the time-tested sauce to prove it. 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., 773-493-0400

Robie House
[12] Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago masterpiece—now almost fully restored—should be on every architecture fan’s bucket list. 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000,

Seminary Co-op Bookstore
[13] Eggheads, rejoice! This independent bookstore ditched its labyrinthine stacks and moved to posher digs last fall. 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381,

Smart Museum of Art
[14] After beholding this wide-ranging 12,000-work collection, take a well-earned rest in the landscaped sculpture garden. 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200,

Woodlawn Tap
[15] Rich with history (Second City was dreamed up here), “Jimmy’s” is a tavern lover’s must. 1172 E. 55th St., 773-643-5516


Soon you’ll no longer be able to knock Hyde Park for a lack of dining options. This summer, Billy Sunday owner Matthias Merges opens a European bistro (1301 E. 53rd St.). . . . .After that, he expands his yakitori-inspired Yusho (1466 E. 53rd St.). . . . .Later this year, the Longman & Eagle team open Promontory (1539 E. 53rd St.)


12 months ago
Posted by Daseu

Um, the eggheads liked the old space better. Which you would have learned if you'd bothered asking any of them.

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