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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 Bar in Hyde Park & South Side

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Owner Ed works the cozy back-room bar furnished with vintage reclaimed decor, while mom Maria works the front liquor store. Both offer a fantastic craft-beer selection that Bridgeport's nouveau hipsters greedily suc…
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…
Top Choice Gastropub in Hyde Park & South Side

Duck Inn

This superb gastropub hides on a working-class block in Bridgeport. There's much to love here: the ubercool mid-century modern decor, exquisite but frugally priced cocktails, oh, and the food, especially the signatu…
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…
Modern American in Hyde Park & South Side

Nana

This convivial little gem received a Michelin Bib Gourmand award for great food offered at great value. It whips up yummy organic breakfasts (try the poached egg and chorizo 'nanadict') by day, and sandwiches and no…
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 …
Baseball in Hyde Park & South Side

Chicago White Sox

The Sox are the Cubs' South Side rivals and play in the more modern Guaranteed Rate Field. Tickets are usually cheaper and easier to get than at Wrigley Field; games on Sunday and Monday offer the best deals. The So…
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…