18 Things to See, Do, and Eat in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side

  • Explore downtown Hyde Park and walk around the neighborhood to see the gorgeous houses

  • Take a walk by President Barack Obama’s House (5046 S. Greenwood Avenue), although you can’t get too close.

  • Walk around the campus of Chicago University 

  • Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

  • Visit the Stony Arts Bank and their famous collection of books. It’s a pretty impressive library and event space.

  • Go the Museum of Science and Industry, the only building left from the Chicago World’s Fair.

  • Wander around the Osaka Garden at Jackson Park

  • Visit the hidden gem bookstore, 57 Street Bookstore

  • Sign up for a Devil in the White City tour

  • See a movie at Harper Theatre

  • During the summer go to 57th Street Beach and Promontory Point (5491 S. Shore Drive)

  • Bike the lakefront path around Hyde Park

  • Valois Diner is a must! It’s Obama’s favorite restaurant in Hyde Park

  • Enjoy a cozy cup of coffee or tea and a small bit too eat at Plein Air 

  • Although this place is no-frills, Rajun Cajun is the place for you if you love Indian food with a little Cajun flare

  • Medici on 57th used to be an old coffee house but now it’s a local favorite, especially amongst University of Chicago students

  • For around $10 you can get a great jerk chicken meal including all the sides at this local famous spot, Uncle Joe’s Jerk Chicken

  • If you are looking for a delicious and more high-end date night restaurant, head to Piccolo Mondo for authentic Italian

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