Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hyde Park & South Side

Museum of Science & Industry

Geek out at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Highlights include a WWII German U-boat nestled in an underground display ($12 extra to tour it) and the Science Storms exhibit with a mock tornado a…
Top Choice Architecture in Hyde Park & South Side

Robie House

Of the numerous buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed around Chicago, none is more famous or influential than Robie House. Because its horizontal lines resembled the flat landscape of the Midwestern prairie, th…
Gallery in Hyde Park & South Side

Stony Island Arts Bank

Artist Theaster Gates bought a tumbledown bank building for $1 in Chicago's neglected South Shore neighborhood, and transformed it into a fascinating African American cultural center and gallery. Staff give tours of…
University in Hyde Park & South Side

Illinois Institute of Technology

Famed mid-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed many of the campus' modern buildings. Stop in at the Collens Welcome Center (at the northwest entrance of the McCormick Tribune Campus Center) to rent a …
University in Hyde Park & South Side

University of Chicago

Faculty and students have racked up more than 80 Nobel prizes within U of C's hallowed halls. The economics and physics departments lay claim to most of the awards. The campus is well worth a stroll, offering grand …
Museum in Hyde Park & South Side

Smart Museum of Art

Named after the founders of Esquire magazine, who contributed the start-up money, this is the official fine-arts museum of the University of Chicago. The collection holds 5000 years' worth of works. Twentieth-centur…
Museum in Hyde Park & South Side

DuSable Museum of African American History

This was the first independent museum in the country dedicated to African American art, history and culture. The collection features African American artworks and photography, permanent exhibits that illustrate Afri…
Park in Hyde Park & South Side

Jackson Park

This 543-acre, lagoon-filled green space fringes Hyde Park to the east. Historically, it's where the city held the 1893 World’s Expo, when Chicago introduced the world to wonders such as the Ferris wheel, moving pic…
Historic Site in Hyde Park & South Side

Pullman National Monument

Pullman got its national park certification in 2015. Its significance? It offers a rare look at a capitalist's fallen utopia. The community's design and architecture make for a fascinating walkabout. The Historic Pu…
Museum in Hyde Park & South Side

Oriental Institute

The University of Chicago's famed archaeologists – Indiana Jones supposedly was based on one – cram their headquarters with antiquities they've unearthed from Egypt, Nubia, Persia and Mesopotamia. King Tut is the st…