HYDE PARK is a university community located seven miles south of the loop, along Chicago's lakefront. Although it is best known as the home of the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry, these institutions are complimented by an interesting mix of smaller museums and galleries, and several outstanding theater and musical groups.
"Hyde Parkers" take pride in the amenities their neighborhood has to offer: tree-lined streets rich in vintage architecture, a variety of fine ethnic restaurants and specialty shops, and some of the city's most spacious parks.
The Hyde Park Booksellers Association invites you to visit, and reminds you that in early June this community plays host to the 57th Street Art Fair (info 773-493-3247) , and that annually on a late September Sunday, it proudly presents the 57th Street Children's Book Fair (info 773-536-8103).
DuSable Trading Post
ExLibris Theological Books
57th St. Books
LSTC Book Center
The Robie House Bookshop
The Museum of Science and Industry Stores
O'Gara and Wilson Booksellers, Ltd.
Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc.
The University of Chicago Bookstore
Points of Interest in Hyde Park
Restaurants in Hyde Park
Directions to Hyde Park
Getting around Hyde Park
740 East 56th Place at the DuSable Museum
(773) 947-0600, ext. 236
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
Free Admission day is Sunday.
This store carries books for adults and children alike, many focused on African-American history, and also fictional works. Signed copies are available at and after author appearances.
1301 East 57th Street
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A branch of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 57th Street Books is a community bookstore carrying a wide variety of titles in a congenial, well-lighted space, perfect for browsing. Specialties include: literature, children's books, mysteries, computer books, African-American interest and cookbooks. Poetry readings, story hours for children, and frequent author events help make this store a center for literary life in Chicago.
1100 East 55th Street at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
(773) 256-0680 or (800) 486-1483
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This friendly, service oriented seminary store features the latest academic titles in theology, church & society, world mission, liturgy & worship, spirituality. It has one of the strongest selections of religion & science titles in the area. Also, the book center carries cards & gifts, vestments, and boasts a cute children's religious book corner. Our staff also provides a conference display service for your events. We'll see you at your place or ours!
5757 South Woodlawn Avenue
Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 days a week
Formerly the three-car garage of this Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style house/museum, the Robie House Bookshop offers a collection of FLW and architecture-related titles as well as an assortment of unique gift items.
1155 East 58th Street at the Oriental Institute
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Wednesday evenings until 8:30 p.m., Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
The Suq (Arabic for "market") is the gift shop of the Oriental Institute. The store specializes in books on the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East including the cultures of ancient Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria, and Turkey.
57th St. & Lake Shore Drive
800-GO-TO-MSI or (773) 684-1414
Open daily except Christmas: Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
As one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, its over 3,200 sq. ft store carries over 1,000 titles, specializing in the physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and technology. Books about various museum exhibits are also available, as are books on Chicago's history and for sightseers. The store carries books for all ages, emphasizing science books for all learning levels.
1448 East 57th Street
Online listing at AbeBooks.com
Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun. 12 - 6 p.m.
Established in 1937 by Joseph O'Gara, this shop offers a wide selection of used, out-of-print, rare and unusual books in both hardcover and paperback. Strong in the humanities, they maintain an ever-changing stock of books in literature, history, philosophy, religion and the arts. Browsing is a pleasant experience for the scholar/collector, as well as the casual reader.
1501 East 57th Street
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week
Powell's carries quality used, rare and antiquarian books, and recently published books at discount, in all fields. The store specializes in scholarly books, particularly philosophy, ancient and medieval history (catalogues issued in these subjects), and carries a wide and ever-changing selection of books in both traditional subjects such as science and math, the social sciences, art and music, and "newer" disciplines like cultural and gender studies. Powell's has two other Chicago stores, one in the loop and one on Chicago's north side.
5757 S. University Ave.
(773) 752-4381 / (800) 777-1456
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m.
The Co-op, founded in 1961 by a small group of book lovers, now has customers spread around the world, and a reputation as one of the finest academic bookstores to be found. Its inventory ranges widely across the humanities and social sciences, and its experienced staff aims to be helpful. The Co-op also operates 57th St Books in Hyde park, and the Newberry Library bookstore on Chicago's north side.
970 East 58th Street
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 to 5:00
Cafe Hours: Mon - Fri 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 to 5:00
The University of Chicago bookstore is located on the corner of 58th and Ellis. A service of Barnes and Noble, it offers the perfect place to browse and relax. This general bookstore, in addition, carries medical, law and scientific titles; textbooks, University of Chicago memorabilia; and a cafe, serving Starbuck's coffee.
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740 E. 56th Place (773) 947-0600
Houses a collection of artifacts and memorabilia tracing the black experience.
5535 S. Ellis Ave, (773) 753-4472
One of Chicago's premier theater companies.
5550 S. Greenwood Ave. (773) 702-0200
Art from the wide-ranging permanent collection of the University of Chicago.
Ellis avenue between 56th and 57th streets (next to the Regenstein Library)
Sculpture commemorating the location where man first acheived a controlled self-sustaining chain reaction.
5811 South Ellis Ave in Cobb Hall (773) 702-8670
A leading gallery for modern and avant-garde art.
1. Reynolds Club/ Mandel Hall / Hutchinson Commons 5706 S. University Ave. Gathering area for the university community, designed by Sheply, Rutan and Coolidge. Hosts Mandel Hall concert series (info 773-702-8069) and University Theater (info 773-702-3414)
2. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 59th St. And Woodlawn Ave. Designed by Bertram Gooodhue. Host to organ and carrillon recitals as well as other concerts. (info 773-702-2100)
3. Ida Noyes Hall / Max Palevsky Cinema 59th St and Woodlawn Ave. Hosts the University's visitor center (info 773-702-8374) and the student-run Documentary Film Group (info 773-702-8575).
Other notable University buildings: 4. Regenstein Library; 5. Crerar Library; 6. University Hospitals; 7. Harper / Harper Library (College admissions)
8. Midway Plaisance Park between 59th St. & 60th street. Reading garden, skating rink, winter and children's gardens. (under construction)
1155 East 58th Street (773) 702-9580
The Institute Houses one of the world's major collections of Middle Eastern and Near Eastern antiquities.
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. (tour info 708/ 848-1976)
Frank Lloyd Wright's best known "Prairie House" structure.
Other Wright houses in the neighborhood: 2. Blossom House 3. Heller House Those interested in architecture may wish to drive or walk through the Kenwood area (E. 48th St - E. Hyde Park Blvd.; Dorchester - Drexel) as it contains many interesting large homes.
57th St. and Lake Shore Drive (773) 986-1414 Leading museum of science and technology, also home of Henry Crown Space Center and Omnimax Theater (info 773-986-1414)
in Jackson Park (south of Museum of Science & Industry) on Wooded Isle
This lovely, relaxing spot includes a tea-house suitible for tea ceremonies.
5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (773) 324-5520
Gallery exhibits feature young and emerging artists.
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Medici on 57th - breakfast, hamburgers & pizza
1327 E. 57th Street (773) 667-7394
Noodles on Campus- pan-asian noodle cuisine
1333E. 57th Street (773) 947-8787
Caffe Florian - sandwiches, salads & coffee
1450 E. 57th (773) 752-4100
Piccolo Mondo - Italian, lunch, dinner & deli
1642 E. 56th (773) 643-1106
Bonjour Bakery & Cafe - soup/sandwiches & pastries
1550 E 55th St (773) 241-5300
La Petite Folie - Fine French bistro, lunch & dinner
1504 E. 55th St. (773) 493- 1394
Siam - Thai lunch & dinner
1639 E. 55th St. (773) 324-9296
Snail - Thai lunch & dinner
16 49 E. 55th St. (773) 667-5423
Noodles etc. - pan-asian noodle cuisine
1548 E. 53rd (773) 947-8787
Mellow Yellow - breakfast, lunch & dinner
1508 E. 53rd (773) 667-2000
Calypso Cafe - Carribean cuisine for lunch & dinner
5211 S. Harper, in Harper Court (773) 955-0229
Dixie Kitchen - cajun cuisine lunch & dinner
5225 S. Harper, in Harper Court (773) 363-3800
Jackson Harbor Grill - fish/seafood lunch & dinner
6401 S. Coast Guard Drive (773) 288-4442
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(RTA travel information center 312-836-7000)
The #6 Jeffery Express bus, which runs along state street downtown, makes many stops along the East side of Hyde Park.
The #10 Museum bus runs from downtown & the museum campus and stops at the Museum of Science & Industry (seasonally and weekends only.)
The #173 U of C/Lakeview runs from downtown & the Lakeview area to Hyde Park seasonally in the evenings.
The Metra commuter railroad can be boarded downtown on Michigan Avenue and stops at 53rd, 55th-56th-57th* Streets (soon to be main stop), and 59th Street. Some stations are temporarily under constrcution.
From downtown, take Lake Shore Drive south to 51st, 53rd or 57th St.
From either interstate 290 or 55, follow the interchange to Lake Shore Drive. Exits are at 51st, 53rd, and 57th streets.
From interstate 94, exit at 55th St. (Garfield Blvd.) and go east on 55th St.
From O'Hare Airport, use either the interstate 290 or 94 instructions.
From Midway Airport, go north to interstate 55 and use the interstate 55 instructions.
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There are several public parking lots in and around Hyde Park. Some have fees and some are metered. All University lots are free to the public after 4 p.m. and on weekends.
CTA operates several buses in the Hyde Park area:
#170 U of C Midway: rush hour clockwise around the Midway
#171 U of C Hyde Park: daily from campus to the east side of Hyde Park
#172 U of C Kenwood: daily from campus to north and east Hyde Park
# 4 Cottage Grove: daily north-south on Cottage Grove
#55 Garfield: daily east-west on 55th Street
Transfers between CTA buses are available.
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This brochure produced by the Hyde Park Booksellers Association with the assistance of the University of Chicago Office of Community Affairs