Hyde Park, Chicago Activities

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best attractions in Hyde Park, including Frederick C Robie House, Court Theatre and Smart Museum of Art.
  • The best activities in Hyde Park Chicago: Frederick C Robie House

    Frederick C Robie House

    5757 S Woodlawn Ave
    Tours Th-M 11AM-3PM every 30 minutes. $15, $12 youth and seniors, children under 4 free. This fabulously impractical house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the world's most famous examples of the Midwestern "Prairie School" of architecture, which aimed to create buildings with prominent horizontal lines evocative of the prairie landscape. The interior is bizarre, intended to remind its inhabitants of a ship, and is surrounded by stained art glass windows. You must take an official tour to see the interior, which lasts about an hour. Tours of the surrounding historic neighborhood are offered as well — it is best to make reservations online beforehand. Be sure to take a gander at the University of Chicago's Business School across the street, which was designed to emulate the style of the Robie House in a more modern fashion.
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  • Court Theatre

    Court Theatre

    5535 S Ellis Ave
    16 Sep–12 Jun 2011 performances: usually W-Th 7:30PM, F 8PM, Sa 3PM & 8PM, Su 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Student $8-20, general $25-50, half-price tickets available one hour before the show. Excellent dramatic theater on the University campus.
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  • Smart Museum of Art

    Smart Museum of Art

    5550 S Greenwood Ave
    Fall–Spring Tu-W,F 10AM-4:30PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM; summer Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Free. The Smart museum is small, but has an excellent collection, thoughtfully exhibited. Staff is very friendly.
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  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

    Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

    915 E 60th Street
    M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Performance hours vary. Ticket prices vary by show. This stunning new building brings professional, student, and community performing arts activities, creative arts studios, digital media production and gallery space under a single roof. From free family workshops to classical ensembles, the Logan has something for everyone at wallet-friendly prices. The Logan Cafe offers a small plates menu, plus coffee, wine, and beer.
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  • Doc Films

    Doc Films

    1212 E 59th St
    Check the website's calendar for screenings, nightly during the school year and W-Sa during the summer. $5. Those zoning laws are again to "blame" for the total absence of any movie theaters in this section of Chicago. But their absence clearly benefits the longest-running student film society in the country, which puts on an impressive number of independent documentaries, art-house films, and other socially relevant movies throughout the year, all in a state-of-the-art cinema. Doc Films attracts a very knowledgeable crowd (perhaps because the students and neighborhood residents have no other movie options!) and it is a good place to eavesdrop on some intense, intellectual conversations.
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  • University of Chicago Presents

    University of Chicago Presents

    Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St
    Performances usually on F 8PM or Su 3PM. Student $10, general $30-35. The University of Chicago Presents hosts numerous classical music performances in Hyde Park, usually featuring big-name national and international performers for relatively low prices.
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  • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

    5850 S Woodlawn Ave
    8AM-4PM, tours of the carillon: M-F 11:30AM and 5:30PM. Irregular hours for tours during summer. Free. This giant Gothic church is named for the University founder, John D. Rockefeller, who intended it to be the "central and dominant feature" of the University. It may not be that, but it is impressive, with a huge organ and the second largest carillon in the world.
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  • Oriental Institute Museum

    1155 E 58th St
    Tu,Th-Sa 10AM-6PM, W 10AM-8:30PM, Su noon-6PM. Free, suggested donation $7, $4 child. The University of Chicago Oriental Institute has one of the best collections of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern archeology in the world, which is moreover free, small, very well exhibited, and basically started by Indiana Jones. Some highlights include: much of the Assyrian "Fortress of Sargon," a colossal statue of King Tutankhamun, and the Mummy and Coffin of Meresamun. Visitors with a strong interest may want to devote several hours to pore over the dense exhibits, but the small museum can be quickly "skimmed" in 15 minutes.
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  • Regenstein Library

    1100 E 57th St
    If you are not a student and are not on a tour, you can't enter the gigantic collection of over 4.5 million volumes, but you can marvel at the exterior architecture. The building is one of the world's best examples of the Brutalist movement, which emphasized the structural materials (rough concrete in this case), as well as striking repetitions and irregularities of angular forms.
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  • Museum of Science and Industry

    5700 S Lake Shore Dr & E 57th St
    9:30AM-4PM daily; some days until 5:30PM, including most of summer; closed 25 Dec. $11, $5 child. No tour of Chicago's museums is complete without a visit to this one. Spend hours upon hours looking at really cool stuff you never even knew you didn't know about. So much to do, so little time. You can return for free the following day if you take your ticket to "Will Call" on the way out on your first day. Great for kids, with many hands-on exhibits and the famous Coal Mine; adults will enjoy the display of the German U-boat 'U-505'.
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  • Main Campus

    5801 S Ellis Ave
    Tours: Mar–Nov M-F 10:30AM,2:30PM; Dec–Feb M-F 10:30AM. One of the world's great universities, the University of Chicago's Gothic campus exudes academic rigor and intellectual intensity, known to students as "the place where fun comes to die." Its imposing gray buildings make it a must-see for architecture fans. Even if you are not a prospective student, you can take advantage of its free campus tours.
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  • Midway Plaisance Ice Rink

    Midway Plaisance Ice Rink

    1130 Midway Plaisance N
    The Midway Plaisance, also known locally as the Midway, is a park on the South Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is one mile long by 220 yards wide and extends along 59th and 60th streets, joining Washington Park at its west end and Jackson Park at its east end. It divides the Hyde Park community area to the north from the Woodlawn community area to the south. It is located approximately 6 miles south of the downtown "Loop" area, near Lake Michigan.
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  • Seven Ten Lanes

    Seven Ten Lanes

    1055 E 55th St
    Su-Tu 11:30AM-midnight, W Th 11:30AM-1AM, F Sa 11:30AM-2AM. Beer, bowling, shuffleboard, and an art deco ambiance. Its proximity to the University allows it to be overpriced, but it's the only place around to satisfy bowling urges, or to have a good beer outside. They also happen to have some very good foreign beers on tap.
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  • Promontory Point

    Promontory Point

    5491 S S Shore Dr
    Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. It is located in Chicago's Burnham Park. The Point was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment. The revetment was designed and constructed by Chicago Park District engineers and consists of limestone blocks arranged in a series of four steps leading to a promenade.
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  • Stagg Field tennis courts

    5530 S Ellis
  • Hyde Park Historical Soc

    5529 S Lake Park Ave
  • The Op Shop

    The Op Shop

    1613 E. 55th Street
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