STUFF TO DO
There are many cafés, restaurants and cultural centers in Hyde Park and in the Gold Coast. Here are a few of our favorite places in Hyde Park and Old Town.
Oriental Institute (OI)
Interested in Mesopotamian or Egyptian ruins? Walk across the quad after the service to discover many treasures of the World's first civilizations housed at this small museum. There's no entrance fee, just a donation box.
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
We've spent hundreds of dollars in this place (for class or fun). From obscure philosophy, to contemporary literature, to folk tales, to history of technology and social theory, this is an intense maze of academic books. It's in the basement of the Seminary on the corner of 58th Place and University, across the street from the OI.
This restaurant has really tasty milk shakes and malts. My favorite is the espresso malt. Chris' is the Mocha.
Museum of Science and Industry
Home to the Omnimax Theater, WWII Submarine, Coal mine and wall of dead babies, this place can keep you occupied for days. Check out their site to see what's playing and special exhibits. Don't forget to check out the huge model railroad!
The Promontory Point
On your way to Lake Shore Drive, this is a nice spot to relax and gaze over the lake on downtown to the north, or the steel mills to the south.
Chicago Historical Society
A great place to learn how Chicago became the amazing city it is.
This enormous park originates on North Avenue. The Lincoln Park Zoo is just 4 blocks north, in the park. Its free and kids love it. You can also just cross to the beach and relax for a while.