Head south for a huge dose of history and culture in an area alive with public art, historic buildings, museums and galleries
Hang out by the University of Chicago in the Hyde Park area and you’ll find there’s no shortage of coffeehouses, delis and restaurants serving up a wide variety of tasty treats for students and locals to enjoy. Don’t be swayed by the bad rap the south side of Chicago sometimes gets. The area hums with historical significance and a visit to rejuvenated areas like Bronzeville will reward you with incredible public art and tasty food, like the superb soul food found at Pearl’s Place.
Spend weekends watching sport or visiting the museums, checking out science exhibitions, attending film screenings and literature readings at cultural hotspots like the Hyde Park Art Center and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Learn more about African American history and get a deeper understanding for this culturally rich and fascinating part of Chicago. Walk along Martin Luther King Drive to see William Walker’s murals or dive into fine art galleries to see current exhibitions.
When the weather is warm, you can spend lazy weekend afternoons by the lakeside beaches and parks surrounding Lake Michigan. Go cycling or jogging along the pathways, or sit and watch boats come in and out of the harbours. Use sporting facilities at Washington Park or make the most of the University’s superb facilities like the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center. Join in with college sports like basketball, volleyball and track using the indoor facilities at Henry Crown Field House.