When you end up in Hyde Park it might seem that you just jumped over the big pond to some traditional university town in England. But no, we’re lucky to have this sympathetic “university town in a middle of a city” only about seven miles south from the Loop on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Hyde Park offers a pleasant scene for the students of the University. Because of its relatively young residents the neighborhood is very active and filled with spare time action. When it comes to dining, area offers a wide range of affordable places yet finding a bit more upscale place is not impossible either. Hyde Park is also an interesting place to shop because of those countless little shops and boutiques all over the neighborhood. Because of the parks, playgrounds and multiple schools it is also a family friendly area.
Hyde Park has quite a bit of political history being a former home of President Obama and having multiple museums, architectural landmarks and buildings from literally every decade. In total harmony with the “golden oldie” buildings are many newly constructed residences due to a high demand in the secure and stable Hyde Park area.
For culture minded people Hyde Park offers not only beautiful architecture but also a variety of theaters, such as Court Theatre, said to be one of the best pro theaters in Chicago. The neighborhood also hosts annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Every September the Jazz Fest gathers thousands of music lovers to enjoy dozens of jazz acts in multiple venues all over the neighborhood.
Among many good museums in the area is the Museum of Science and Industry. With alternating exhibits and always something interesting to experience it’s a definite must-see. Besides cultural attractions, one more well-known event is the annual Chicago Half Marathon held in September. It’s a hugely popular event that got sold out last summer at 20,000 participants — maybe you’d like to give it a go this fall?