Hyde Park

Overview

  • Vibe - College / Quiet / Laid-back
  • Nightlife - Okay
  • Dining - Good
  • Convenience - Good

Pros:

  • Historically significant neighborhood
  • Close connection to the University of Chicago
  • Stunning lake views and beautiful parks

Cons:

  • Isolated from the heart of Chicago
  • Limited nightlife and dining scene
  • Surrounding neighborhoods can feel unsafe

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Hyde Park, nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of Chicago’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods. Home to the University of Chicago, the neighborhood maintains a close connection to science, learning, and progress. Fittingly, Hyde Park hosted the 1893 World’s Fair. Today, tourists flock to the neighborhood to tour the Museum of Science and Industry. Many of Chicago’s most important politicians of the past and present including Barack Obama, Carol Moseley Braun, and Harold Washington live in Hyde Park.

Close proximity to Lake Michigan offers early rising Hyde Park residents the chance to see stunning sunrises.

Many Hyde Park residents commute to other parts of the city or the suburbs for work. There are numerous options for commuters. The Metra South Shore Line runs right through the heart of the neighborhood. Additionally, the CTA Red and Green line are easily accessible. Automobile commuters can quickly hop on Lakeshore Drive or I-90/94.

The University of Chicago is closely connected to Hyde Park. Many residents are students, professors, or staff at the University. Considered one of the best colleges in the world, UChicago is integral to the neighborhood.

Hyde Park is home to some of Chicago’s most stunning parks including Promontory Point and Jackson Park. Residents enjoy relaxing in the neighborhood’s lush, green spaces.

The neighborhood has a certain tourist presence as well. People flock from all over to explore the Museum of Science and Industry. Museum goers can climb inside a replica German U-Boat or examine the Apollo 8 spacecraft.

Another place of significance is Barack Obama’s home (not the White House!) where he resides during his time in Chicago.

Book lovers unite in Hyde Park. 57th Street Books, just a block away from the University of Chicago is one of the city’s coolest bookstores. The store offers a huge selection of books for all interests and reading levels.

The neighborhood is not a traditional hotspot for dining. Residents typically head to other neighborhoods to eat. However, many new restaurants and awesome ethnic establishments are making Hyde Park a formidable competitor on the Chicago dining scene.

Whether it’s French-Italian cuisine at A10, jerk chicken at Uncle Joe’s, or burgers and pizza at Medici on 57th, Hyde Park has options for any craving.

Hyde Park is not particularly well known for its nightlife scene. Nonetheless, residents enjoy popular local spots including Woodlawn Tap (known lovingly as Jimmy’s after the bar’s longtime owner) and Cove Lounge.

Where do Hyde Park residents live?

High rise apartment/condo buildings

Low rise condo buildings and single family homes.

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