After you’ve learned about the history of the Chicago Loop on one of Shoreline Sightseeing’s Chicago Architecture Tours, there is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Windy City than to visit one of its historic neighborhoods. Hyde Park has a long and colorful history with modern attractions that highlight the culture and diversity that make it one of the most fascinating areas in Chicago.
Historic Hyde Park
The Hyde Park neighborhood is located on Chicago’s south side along the shores of Lake Michigan and is only 7 miles south of the famous Chicago Loop.
Hyde Park’s history is rich and heavily influenced by some of the most notable names in Chicago’s past, including John D. Rockefeller Sr. who was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Chicago shortly after the area was annexed into the city proper in 1889. More than a century later the University is now recognized as one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
In 1893, Hyde Park hosted the Columbian Exposition, bringing international fame to the area and encouraging a major influx of new residents. The Midway Plaisance, a mile-long greenbelt that joins Washington and Jackson Parks, acted as a center of amusement and entertainment to fairgoers then, and is the southern border of neighborhood today.
Hyde Park Attractions
Housed in the only major structure to survive the Columbian Exposition, Charles Atwood’s Palace of Fine Arts, is known as the Museum of Science and Industry, and it is known as the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere. One of five Hyde Park museums, it shares prominence with the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Oriental Institute, located within the University of Chicago.
A thriving shopping district that has both local and national businesses, including eclectic shops like the Seminary Co-Op bookstore, complements Hyde Park’s museums. Diners in the mood for international cuisine can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences, such as the upscale French fare served at La Petite Foile.
Fans of American architecture can visit the Robie House, located on the University of Chicago campus. A Prairie School style building designed and built by the great Frank Lloyd Wright, the Robie House is an enduring example of Wright’s renowned style.
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