Happy Friday McCormick!

The First Friday of every month CURE will bring you another neighborhood spotlight. This month – our very own Hyde Park.

Located on the South Side of Chicago, Hyde Park’s northern boundary is 51st streed (East Hyde Park Blvd), Washington Park to the west, Lake Michigan to the east, and the Midway Plaisance to the south.

The 1893 Worlds Fair was held in Jackson Park (beginning in the southeast corner of Hyde Park) and the Midway Plaisance. Today, Hyde Park is primarily known as the home of the University of Chicago as well as President Barack Obama.

Flowers blooming in Hyde Park - Picture by Megan Cochran

Academia:

Being home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world is quite impressive. But Hyde Park not only about the University of Chicago. Also located in Hyde Park are 5 Theological Schools – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary, and yes, our very own McCormick Theological Seminary. That’s half of the ACTS Consortium schools! In one neighborhood!!

Need a book? Hyde Park has you covered. Not only do the Theological Schools have libraries, but the University of Chicago has five of them. Five! Including Regenstein Library, which houses 4.5 million books.

Attractions:

Hyde Park is home to many world class museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry, The Oriental Institute Museum, Smart Museum of Art and the DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to museums, Hyde Park is home to the Robie House, one of Frank Lloyn Wright’s most famous designs.

If museums and architecture aren’t your thing, don’t fret! Hyde Park is also home to fourteen parks and a beach!

A view of the Museum of Science and Industry from Promontory Point - Picture by Sergio Centeno

Food and Drink:

Living in Hyde Park, I have had the great chance to frequent several of the neighborhood’s food and beverage offerings. Among McCormick Students favorites are: Salonica, Medici, Noodles, etc., Z&H, Giordano’s, Ribs ‘N Bibs, The Sit Down, Seoul Corea, and the list could go on and on.

Need caffeine? We’ve got 2 Starbucks locations, a Dunkin Donuts, plus a plethora a small coffee shops, including student favorite 57th Street Cafe, where they make a mean latte.

Not enough? Need a cold beer after class? Hyde Park isn’t known for it’s bar life, but the few we have are pretty great. Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap is a favorite for students and other neighborhood residents. Where else can you talk biblical exegesis or Koine Greek with a bar tender?

Spiritual Life:

Being the home of 5 Seminaries and the U of C Divinity School, you might think there are a lot of church offerings in the neighborhood. You’d be right! Whether your’re Unitarian, Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, Quaker, Jewish or Muslim – a house of worship is never too far off.

How to get here???:

Hyde Park isn’t known for it’s ease of access to the rest of the city, but we have a few tried and true methods to get downtown and further. Served by Metra, Hyde Park has two stations – 55th/56th/57th and 53rd. Using Metra it’s a quick 15 minute trip downtown. Trains not your thing? Try taking the X28, 6, 10, or 2 buses. For those with cars, Hyde Park is right on Lake Shore Drive, so driving in is quick and easy.

See you next week!

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