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Hyde Park, the home of the University of Chicago, is a great neighborhood to explore with some wonderful additions to the campus and the opening of some excellent new restaurants.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts – University of Chicago: This is the University’s new performing arts center on the south side of the campus at 915 E. 60th St. You can’t miss this wonderful, contemporary high-rise building.  Throughout the year, there are art exhibitions, concerts and performances in dance, music and theater, lectures and film screenings.

Rockefeller Chapel:  Of the the beautiful buildings on the U of C Campus is this gorgeous chapel where, since 1928, you can attend programs throughout the year in choral music, organ recitals, choral music on Sunday mornings and special Holiday presentations such as Handel’s Messiah.  5850 S. Woodlawn.

Oriental Institute:  At 1155 E. 58th St., this important museum is world-renowned for the history, art and archaeology of the ancient Near East.  It has a wonderful permanent collection with galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia and the ancient site of Megiddo.  There are special exhibitions as well.

The Renaissance Society:  Founded in 1915, this is an independent, non-collecting museum of contemporary art.  It supports new artists and commissions many new works.  Located at 5811 S. Ellis, on the U of C Campus, it is worth the visit.

Smart Museum of Art:  This small museum has a strong collection in Asian art, European art, modern art and design, and contemporary art.  5550 S. Greenwood.

Across from the Smart Museum is the Court Theatre at 5535 S. Ellis. It has been one of Chicago’s top theater companies for over 60 years.

Frank Lloyd Wright – Robie House:  At 5757 S. Woodlawn, this is a house designed and built between 1908 and 1910 and is a great example of his Prairie School Style.  It was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 27, 1963 and was on the very first National Register of Historic Places list of October 15, 1966.

A-10:  A great restaurant at 1462 East 53rd Street.  It features small plates, pizzas, pastas and sides for lunch and dinner. 

The Promontory:  Recently opened by the Longman & Eagle team, it is a restaurant and music venue at 5311 S. Lake Park.

Museum of Science and Industry:  This large, popular science museum, is located near Lake Michigan in a building that was the Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Fair.

Joe and Rita Mansueto Library:  This is a stunning new library with a glass domed ceiling. The library stacks are below ground with an automated retrieval system. Make sure to stop in and ask for a visitors pass!!

Ja’ Grill, formerly in Lincoln Park on Armitage, has relocated to 1510 E. Harper Ct.  They have great Jamaican cuisine. Porkchop is also recommended for Southern comfort food and BBQ at 1516 E. Harper Ct.

I recently tried Peach’s Restaurant 4652 S. King Drive just west of Hyde Park. It  features biscuits, pancakes, waffles, omelettes and Southern specialties. It is  a great place for breakfast or brunch.

Don’t miss the new Stony Island Arts Bank. Located at 6760 S. Stony Island Arts Bank. Chicago Artist Theaster Gates led the restoration of this former bank building into South Side Cultural landmark.  It is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library, community center and Black Cinema House. One of the highlights is the collection of books and periodicals from Johnson Publishing in Chicago.

 

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