As we near the end of summer, many students plan to attend in-person classes in the fall, while prospective students are aiming to apply for the October 5 Early Action deadline. Whether you are new to UChicago, a second year student, or a Chicago resident, we wanted to share some activities and restaurants in and around Hyde Park that no one should overlook.

Due to changes in hours related to Covid-19, we recommend you check with individual websites for current hours and accessibility.

Outings and Adventures

  • Dusable Museum of African American History – The Dusable Museum promotes appreciation and understanding of African American achievements, contributions, and experiences through exhibits and programs on African American history, art, and culture.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House – Built in 1909 as part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s groundbreaking series of Prairie Houses, Robie House is considered one of the most important buildings of the 20th century.
  • Jackson Park –  Home to the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, Jackson Park features a gymnasium and  fitness center, a golf course, basketball and tennis courts, vegetable and flower gardens (including the Japanese-styled  Garden of the Phoenix), and a beach along Lake Michigan.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry – One of the largest science museums in the world, the MSI is filled with interactive exhibits designed to “spark scientific inquiry and creativity.”
  • Oriental Institute – Celebrating its centennial this year, the Oriental Institute is famous for its collection of history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Free and open to the public, the museum has a robust permanent collection as well as rotating special exhibits.
  • Promontory Point – “The Point,” as it is affectionately known, is a man-made peninsula which juts into Lake Michigan and offers  the perfect view of the Chicago skyline.
  • Seminary Co-Op and 57th St. Bookstore – Renowned as one of the best academic bookstores in the world, the Co-Op attracts customers worldwide. The 57th St. Bookstore contains kids’ books, cookbooks, science fiction, and hosts weekly story time events for the entire family.
  • Smart Museum of Art – Free and open to all, the Smart Museum is home to 10,000 works of art by artists who, not unlike Harris students, explore creative ways of tackling complex issues.

Restaurants and Cafés

  • Bergstein’s Deli – New York-style deli serving sandwiches, soups, bagels and smoked fish.
  • Dining Commons – Pizza, burritos, sandwiches, sushi and more can be found in this on-campus dining facility, which is also home to the “C-Shop” (famous for $1 Milkshake Wednesdays).
  • Food trucks – A weekly rotation of tacos, pizza, Mediterranean cuisine and more, conveniently parked on 58th and Ellis (in front of the bookstore)! Check out the weekly food truck lineup on Twitter at @uchiNOMgo.
  • Medici Bakery and Restaurant – offering an eclectic selection of meals from omelets and French toast to pizza and burgers, Medici offers an open-air rooftop dining experience, as well as a walk-up bakery/cafe.
  • Noodles, Etc. -  Serves a variety of dishes from Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, and the Phillipines, and well known for its green tea icecream.
  • Plein Air Café – Next door to Robie House, Plein Air is a French atelier-inspired café which serves single-origin coffees, sandwiches, savory pies, and other European dishes.
  • Salonica – Greek-style diner with delicious breakfast options, refills on coffee, and a bonus Mexican menu on Wednesdays.
  • The Nile – Low-key Middle-Eastern joint known for its falafel and shawarma.

Know of any other hidden gems in the Hyde Park area? We would love to hear from you! Email us at