Your family guide to Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a cultural hub of the city and only seven miles from The Loop. The unofficial slogan of “Deep Roots. New Vibe.” does a spot-on job capturing the combination of old Chicago history and embracing the new businesses.

There are landmarks like the Museum of Science and Industry, University of Chicago‘s gorgeous campus and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. New attractions include Obama’s Chicago home and the hustle and bustle of 53rd Street with award-winning hotels and restaurants.

Whether you decide to visit by train, bus or a beautiful ride down Lake Shore Drive, this South Side neighborhood is ready for you to visit.


Silver Room

An eclectic mix of local and internationally sourced vendors for the entire family. You will often find the door open with music from a live DJ coming from inside.

1506 E. 53rd St., Chicago

57th Street Books

This indie bookstore holds a vast collection of books ranging from fiction to kids’ books. Keep an eye out for any upcoming storytimes on their events page.

1301 E. 57th St, Chicago


Medici on 57th

This restaurant is perfect for family dining. No need to worry about your kiddos writing on the table: It’s encouraged here!

1327 E. 57th St, Chicago

Plein Air Cafe

If you’re exploring the University of Chicago with the family, stop by this French cafe for a quick bite. Take a seat outside while your kids enjoy a sweet treat and more importantly, you can drink a deserving cup of coffee. 

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago


Promontory Point

Known to locals as “The Point,” this lawn offers a beautiful view of the skyline and is the perfect place for a picnic.

5491 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Jackson Bark

Walk down from 57th Street Beach to do some dog spotting at Jackson Bark. If you have a furry family member, have them run around in one of the best dog parks in Chicago. 

6000 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago


Harper Court

This shopping center comes alive in the summer with live music and a weekly farmers market that focuses on families the first Thursday of each month.

Oriental Institute Museum

While MSI is always popular, the Oriental Institute Museum is a hidden gem filled with one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts. Even better, the museum offers a variety of family programs and there’s free admission (but donations are accepted). 

1155 E. 58th St., Chicago

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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