Chicago has a rich history rooted in art, music, and culture. Each of its 77 neighborhoods embodies a different part of that history, and you get to choose which you’re a part of! To help you navigate that decision, we’ve compiled a list of what you should to know about the neighborhoods Harris students commonly call home. Check back on our blog weekly for different neighborhood installments. This week, we are profiling our home neighborhood of Hyde Park. 

Just eight miles south of the Magnificent Mile, you’ll find Hyde Park, a rich multicultural hub for art and history. Many Harris students choose to live here to be close to campus and take advantage of the lakefront trails that provide a spacious feel to this Chicago neighborhood.

Your Commute

Living in Hyde Park means that you can access campus hot-spots by walking or taking a quick bus ride. The University and the Chicago Transit Authority provide area bus routes 171 and 172 that are free to students. The 192, 2, 6, and 55 buses run through campus and will take you north to the downtown area. Both the Red and Green lines run close to campus and will take you to the Loop.

Average Rent

About $1,404/month. 

Your Gym

The University offers two main athletic facilities that are free to registered students: the Ratner Athletics Center and the Henry Crowne Field House.

Your Park

One of the best places to see the city skyline is along the shores of Promontory Point. It's a part of the historical site of the two World's Fairs that were held in Chicago. The park isn't to be confused with local hearth-to-table restaurant The Promontory - but you should head there after a nice lakeside walk! 

Your Grocery Store

You'll have access to Whole Foods, Jewel-Osco, Target, and more, but consider doing your shopping at local grocery store Hyde Park Grocery - a family-owned institution that has been around for over 20 years. 

Your Diner

Valois Restaurant, a cafeteria-style diner beloved by UChicago students and Barack Obama, has been a Hyde Park staple for a century.

Your Museum

On the east edge of Hyde Park, you’ll find the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Want to stick around UChicago? Check out the over half a dozen museums and galleries on campus. 

Your Music

The Hyde Park Jazz Fest is an annual, two-day festival that features authentic jazz music performed by local and national talent. Be sure to catch this cultural experience in the fall.