Hyde Park, the residential neighborhood that’s home to the University of Chicago, is ideally situated in the city—removed from the bustle, but with all that Chicago has to offer within easy reach. The Loop, considered the heart of downtown Chicago, is a short, 20-minute bus or train ride away. In addition to providing a balance of close neighborhood community and metropolitan culture, Hyde Park distinguishes itself through its amenities, diversity, accessibility, and rich history.
From the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition, an event that brought over 20 million(!) visitors to the neighborhood; to the construction of buildings designed by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Jeanne Gang, Mies van der Rohe, and I. M. Pei; to the establishment of the DuSable Museum of African American History (named after Chicago’s first permanent resident) and the rest of Museum Campus South; to the site of the Obama Presidential Center; to dynamic local music, dance, theater, dining, and arts scenes, Hyde Park is a vibrant neighborhood that continues to flourish. Students actively engage with all the neighborhood has to offer, interacting with Hyde Park through its museums, restaurants, the 57th Street Art Fair, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, movies, concerts, plays, the Neighborhood Schools Program, and other research and volunteering opportunities.
Barack Obama, Herbie Hancock, Mahalia Jackson, Saul Bellow, Clarence Darrow, Amelia Earhart, and Muhammad Ali have all called Hyde Park home—as do around 60 percent of our faculty today.