Hyde Park is adjacent to the following neighborhoods: Kenwood (to the north), Washington Park (to the west), and Woodlawn (to the south). The 4th and 5th Wards are in Hyde Park, and its zip codes are 60615 and 60637.
Hyde Park is home to many other important arts and cultural institutions such as the DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Experimental Station. This Chicago neighborhood percolates with live music presented at venues such as the New Checkerboard Lounge for Blues ‘n’ Jazz and The University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall. Concerts are also presented at other venues such as the Hyde Park Union Church (which has hosted concerts presented by the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts & Culture and Friends of the Gamelan), Court Theater and the 57th Street Meeting of Friends (also known as the Quaker House).
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637
The DuSable Museum of African American History houses a remarkable collection of African American art. Its mission statement is “to collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African American history, culture and art.” The DuSable Museum also presents concerts, film screenings and other events in its galleries and auditorium. It is named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the Haitian-born trader who is considered to be the first non-Native American to reside in Chicago.
5720 South Woodlawn Avenue Chicago, IL 60637
Mandel Hall is The University of Chicago’s premier concert auditorium. UC’s Department of Music hosts concerts there. Many ensembles and artists such as the AACM, George Lewis, Douglas Ewart, Nicole Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Mike Reed and others have performed at Mandel Hall.
Medici Gallery and Coffee House
1327 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637
The Medici Gallery and Coffee House has been a Hyde Park fixture since 1962. Its website says that it has “been a hippie haven, a student hang-out and a late-night urban oasis for generations of south siders.” Its menu boasts tantalizing dishes such as Baked Goat Cheese, Moroccan Ragout, Ensalata Kimba, Arrabiata, and a California Wrap.
1508 East 53rd Street Chicago, IL 60615
Mellow Yellow, established in 1976, has a menu that includes crêpes, quiche, veggie burgers, and baked potato meals.
1501 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60657
Powell’s Books is a book lover’s paradise, with an amazing collection of new and used books. Powell’s is within walking distance of other great Hyde Park establishments such as Istria Café and Medici’s on 57th.