As we look forward to welcoming prospective students to campus throughout the Spring, our Admissions team wanted to share their favorite spots around the University and our Hyde Park neighborhood. Check out some of our recommendations the next time you are in town! 

Ranjan Daniels, Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach

Ranjan recommends that visiting students eat at the Medici on 57th—his favorite spot in Hyde Park—because of the diverse mix of people and the stellar milkshakes.

Jenny Erickson, Director of Recruitment

“I always refer students to my favorite bookstores on campus: 57th Street Books, The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, and the UChicago Bookstore. Stopping at all three gives you a nice little walk of campus. If I’m going to stop for lunch, my new favorite place is Pret a Manger on University Ave. They have a nice variety of healthy snacks to eat and there are lots of places to stop on the way if you want to check out some of the buildings on campus.”

Jamia Jowers, Associate Director of Recruitment

“I love Hyde Park. There is something for everyone. After work, I stop by Hyde Park Records because I enjoy listening to good music on vinyl. They also come in handy if you are DJ’ing! On the weekends, I take the family to the Museum of Science and Industry and afterward we go to 57th street beach. For date night my husband and I like to take in views at Promontory Point or Osaka Gardens and then have dinner and enjoy live entertainment on the balcony of the Promontory. Whether it’s ‘hearth to table’, or if you’re looking for something more robust like Porkchop, Harper Court & Hyde Park has you covered.”

Devon Reber, Associate Director of Recruitment, Evening Program

I enjoy picking up lunch from one of the food trucks on Ellis Ave. and taking a walk around Rockefeller Chapel.

Shilin Liu, Student Recruitment and International Partnerships Manager

“I like to start my day with a 20-minute still meditation or group yoga at Rockefeller Chapel, swing by the Plein Air cafe to have a delicious and healthy sandwich, and then spend the afternoon reading at the Seminary Co-op bookstore next to it. I like to end my day back at Rockefeller with the Tea and Pipes free concert.”

Alyssa Szynal, Assistant Director of Recruitment

"The Sanctuary Café is one of my favorite places on campus – it’s perfect when I need a quiet place to work and a strong cup of coffee or tea. I also enjoy exploring the Oriental Institute museum; the mummies alone make it worth visiting. And of course, the Pub is a classic campus hangout, whether you go to compete at trivia night or just to chill out after a long day on campus."

Emma Richardson, Recruitment Specialist

“My ideal day is strolling through the Quad up to 57th street, where I can grab a slice of my favorite pepperoni pizza from Medici’s on 57th and stop by the famous Powell’s Bookstore to grab a new book to read during my commute to work.”

Andy Wolanski, Recruitment Specialist

"As a brand-new staff member at Harris, I’ve been busy exploring and getting to know the campus. I think my favorite thing to do so far is to walk through the main quad (I’m a sucker for pretty buildings) and then grab a delicious lunch from one of the many food trucks parked on Ellis Ave! I’m super excited to venture out more into Hyde Park during the spring and summer months and experience the neighborhood."