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Welcome to Special Service Area #61

Hyde Park Chicago

Street Parking

Street parking meters are heavily enforced. Please be sure to pay your meter during required days and hours.

Drive Carefully

Drivers please be cautious and look out for pedestrians, runners, bikes and scooter riders.

By Car

Downtown Hyde Park is accessible both by Lake Shore Drive, US-41 and the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-90/94. Consider using Uber or Lyft for car service.

From Lake Shore Drive, you can get to Downtown Hyde Park using the Hyde Park Boulevard, 53rd Street, or 57th Street Exits. 

From the Dan Ryan Expressway, use exit 57B to head east on Garfield Boulevard. Continue on Garfield Boulevard until you reach Lake Park Avenue, and you will have arrived.


Reserve a ZipCar by the hour or day, and only pay for the time you drive. If you are at least 21 years old with a valid Illinois Driver’s License, you can rent a ZipCar in the Downtown Hyde Park business district or to visit the district.

Check for discounted rates for University of Chicago alumni, students, faculty and staff.


The business district has metered parking. The times and days that paid parking is required depends on the location of the meter. Shopping center parking is available only while patronizing the businesses in the center.

Harper Court Self Park Garage – 5222 S Lake Park Ave

Lake Park Parking – 5330 S Lake Park Ave (South of Akira and Promontory)

Harper Avenue Surface Lot – 5210 S Harper Ave

Vue53 Parking – 1330 E 53rd St

Hotel parking (Valet Services) are available for Hyatt Place Hotel and Sophy Hotel.

Parking app services like SpotHero may help you locate a parking lot or garage nearby.

By Train

The Metra Electric District line of Chicago’s Metra commuter rail serves downtown Hyde Park. Hyde Park stations include the 51st/53rd Street Station, the 55th-56th-57th Street Station, and the 59th Street, University of Chicago Station. View tickets and schedules at the Metra Website.

By Bus

Downtown Hyde Park is served by the following CTA Bus Lines:

  • #2 – Hyde Park Express
  • #4 – Cottage Grove
  • #6 – Jackson Park Express
  • #10 – Museum of Science and Industry
  • #15 – Jeffery Local
  • #28 – Stony Island
  • #55 – Garfield
  • #59 – 59th/61st


Hyde Park is also serviced by the City of Chicago’s Divvy bikesharing program Divvy is a fun and affordable way to get around the city. The Day Pass costs $15 and includes unlimited classic bike rides in a 24-hour period, up to 3 hours each. Use it to get to local attractions or take a bike out for a ride along the lakefront.

Hyde Park Divvy Stations:

  • Hyde Park Boulevard & Blackstone Avenue
  • Hyde Park Boulevard & Cornell Avenue
  • 53rd Street & Ellis Avenue
  • 53rd Street & Kimbark Avenue
  • 53rd Street & Lake Park Avenue
  • 55th Street & Ellis Avenue
  • 55th Street & Woodlawn Avenue
  • 55th Street & South Shore Drive
  • 56th Street & Lake Park Avenue

53rd Street Express University of Chicago – Students and Faculty

The University of Chicago provides free shuttles that travel on and around the greater campus area.The UGo shuttles run year-round, except on University-observed holidays. To ride the shuttles, passengers should tap a valid UChicago-issued ID, University of Chicago Medicine ID, or Laboratory Schools or Charter School ID.To track any of the UGo shuttles, as well as CTA buses that operate on or near campus, use TransLoc.