Attractions in Chicago’s Hyde Park

Last updated July 2022

Seven miles south of the Chicago Loop, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, the Hyde Park neighborhood hosts the city’s most eclectic collection of antiquities, culture, and historic landmarks.

Recognized as the established home for the University of Chicago and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Hyde Park has been a focal point for prominent guests such as Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived there during the summer of 1865.

Culturally diverse Hyde Park Chicago plays host not just to scholarly activities but to museums, antiquities, culture, science, and performing arts among many other diverse field and activities involving the community as a whole.

Hyde Park is home to the picturesque the Frederick C. Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright work.

The Museum of Science and Industry is the former Palace of the Fine Arts, built for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center exhibits contemporary works.

Summer crowds head to 57th Street Beach, which is a short walk to Promontory Point. The promontory point in Burnham Park of Chicago is always in the eye of the cultural storm with special events, guest performers, and outdoor movies being frequently encouraged.

The Kenwood/Hyde Park Chicago community is home of 44th U.S. President Barack Obama and family and the kissing rock tribute.  The Valois Restaurant is still a favorite location for breakfast. The cooked-before-your-eyes service is fast-moving and opens at 5:30 am to 4 pm with a menu that boasts of Obama’s orders and menu specials.

Staying in Style

Kick off your journey with Hyde Park’s newest hotel, the sleek Sophy Hyde Park, as your home base. The boutique spot integrates the neighborhood’s artistic and cultural legacy throughout: look for a sprawling painting of Obama in the lobby, a record player and classic vinyl by Chicago legends in each room, and nuclear fission blueprints from the nearby University of Chicago hanging above the bar.

Staying Casually Chic

Experience the senses of Hyde Park during your stay at Hyatt Place Chicago-South / University Medical Center. The property is in the heart of Hyde Park’s new Harper Court development, featuring new shops and some of Chicago’s hottest restaurant concepts.

This casually, chic Chicago Hyde Park hotel is situated in Downtown Hyde Park. Just four miles from the McCormick Place Convention Center, Soldier Field, and easy access to downtown Chicago, we are the ideal destination for business and leisure travelers. And to top it all off, this Gold LEED certified 6 story hotel is the first Hyatt Place in the world to achieve Gold LEED status.