What to See, Eat, Drink, and Do Around the University of Chicago

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Ranked as one of the best national universities by US News, us Chicagoans are proud that the beautiful University of Chicago is in our own backyard. While it might not be the oldest university in the city, the University of Chicago has become one of the most prestigious schools and is well-known for its energetic intellectual community  Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, UChicago is surrounded by tons of awesome restaurants, lively bars, and activity and fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for a place to spend the day exploring, head to campus to take in the beauty of the buildings, then venture out into the neighborhood to explore what makes Hyde Park another incredible Chicago neighborhood. 

If you’re looking for another great university neighborhood, check out what to do around Loyola! (insert Loyola hyperlink when posted) 

Museum of Science and Industry 

5700 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637

South of Chicago’s museum campus but equally as fun, the Museum of Science and Industry is a great place for families to spend a day of fun and secret learning. With interactive exhibits like the Coal Mine, the Art of the Brick (LEGOs), and the Science of Storms, MSI makes learning about science and innovations engaging and tons of fun. 

DuSable Museum of African American History 

740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

As an incredibly diverse city, it’s so important to learn about the communities that make it up. At DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, the goal is to move forward to Make Good History. By remembering the past, encouraging difficult and impactful conversations, and presenting a plethora of exhibitions that explore and help others learn about the African American experience.  

Garden of the Phoenix

6300 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Chicago is surprisingly full of incredible parks and green spaces, and one of the most picturesque places is at Garden of the Phoenix inside Jackson park. This Japanese Garden is the perfect place to spend a day lounging on a blanket soaking up the warm sun. In the springtime, the cherry blossom trees in Garden of the Phoenix put on a spectacular show with budding pink flowers that’ll take your breath away. 

Saucy Porka

1164 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

Have you heard of Mexican-Asian fusion? Well, now you have! Saucy Porka takes the best flavors of each cuisine and combines them into dishes that’ll make your taste buds explode. With their own “bacos” (tacos in a bao bun), you’ll experience savory, spicy, and unique tastes in each bite. Saucy Porka also offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and shellfish free options for those with dietary preferences or restrictions. 

Ascione Bistro 

1500 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

If date night is in the cards in Hyde Park, head to Ascione Bistro. This classic Italian restaurant is filled to the brim with pasta dishes, mouthwatering fish, steaks, pork chops, and of course wine! After exploring the UChicago campus, Ascione Bistro provides the perfect atmosphere to unwind and refuel for your next adventure in the city. 

Woodlawn Tap

1172 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

Is there anything better after a long day than a few drinks? I don’t think so. At Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap, patrons can take some time to explore the long drink list and snack on the Chicago favorites on the food menu. From live music to sprinkled in improv, Woodlawn Tap is a great spot to be entertained while you relax and soak in the surroundings of a great Chicago bar. 

The Cove Lounge

1750 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

The Cove Lounge is a classic Chicago dive, in the very best way. The staff is friendly, everyone is welcoming, and the beers are absolutely ice cold. Not only can you take a casual stop at the Cove, but they also have trivia nights where you and your (hopefully) smartest friends can challenge your neighbors over who knows the most random things. 

57th Street Books 

1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Book lovers, if you haven’t checked out 57th Street Books now is the time. This independent book store was founded in 1983 and focuses on more main-stream titles while its sister store, the Seminary Co-op’s selection is more scholarly. Here, you’ll find a spot to lose yourself in your next story on a cozy afternoon. 

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