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The Sparks Club Guidebook

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The Sparks Club Guidebook

Explore The Neighborhood Outside and Host A Game Night Inside
Visiting this Chicago property? Why not host a Game Night in this rental? For a small fee, we'll deliver 2 card tables, 8 chairs plus 21 fun board games. Games include: Electronic Darts, 2 decks of cards, Jenga, Chess, Scrabble, Sequence, Monopoly, Uno, Backgammon, Dominoes, Codenames, Charades, Twister, Sorry and more…Plus you get 6 adult-only party games. Have group fun-rain or shine! After your room booking is confirmed, email halljasonhall95 at outlook dot com for purchase details. Put “Game On” in the subject line. Reserve early. And when you’re ready to explore the neighborhood.....see our recommendations below. We have monthly specials, check in now!
Third largest of the five Great Lakes. 321 miles long (north to south) and a maximum width of 118 miles. Lake Michigan is approximately 1 mile east of this residence.
Lake Michigan
Third largest of the five Great Lakes. 321 miles long (north to south) and a maximum width of 118 miles. Lake Michigan is approximately 1 mile east of this residence.
Jackson Park is a 500-acre park. Yes, it has it all! Beach, boat harbor, track, football, soccer, tennis, bocce ball, golf, baseball and basketball. 6401 South Stony Island Avenue
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Jackson Park
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Jackson Park is a 500-acre park. Yes, it has it all! Beach, boat harbor, track, football, soccer, tennis, bocce ball, golf, baseball and basketball. 6401 South Stony Island Avenue
The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the country! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Fair,.The museum has over 2,000 exhibits, displayed in 75 major halls. Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr). 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
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Museum of Science & Industry
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The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the country! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Fair,.The museum has over 2,000 exhibits, displayed in 75 major halls. Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr). 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Discover unique museums, local bookstores, gothic chapels and architectural masterpieces by world-renowned architects such as Wright, Mies, and Jahn.
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The University of Chicago
5801 South Ellis Avenue
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Discover unique museums, local bookstores, gothic chapels and architectural masterpieces by world-renowned architects such as Wright, Mies, and Jahn.
Inspired by the fire pit council rings at Promontory Point and designed around a brick hearth. It’s trendy, it’s classy, it’s a party every single night, and there’s no shortage of cool people wandering in and out of the Promontory at all times. This bi-level space crafts incredible dishes on the ground floor in preparation for a wild night upstairs on the dance floor, so load up and don’t forget to sip on a few of their specialty cocktails while you’re at it.
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The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Avenue West
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Inspired by the fire pit council rings at Promontory Point and designed around a brick hearth. It’s trendy, it’s classy, it’s a party every single night, and there’s no shortage of cool people wandering in and out of the Promontory at all times. This bi-level space crafts incredible dishes on the ground floor in preparation for a wild night upstairs on the dance floor, so load up and don’t forget to sip on a few of their specialty cocktails while you’re at it.
This pizza joint will surprise you. From the outside the place looks run of the mill. But the pizza that comes out of that place is near perfect. Try the thin crust. It’s very delicate and crispy like a cracker. Light layers of cheese, sauce, meats. Lighter than air. BTW: Do yourself a favor and get it delivered. Traffic/parking is a headache. Sometimes, the customer waiting area gets over-crowded and picking up your pizza takes way too long. Delivery is the way to go!
Italian Fiesta Pizzeria
1306 East 47th Street
This pizza joint will surprise you. From the outside the place looks run of the mill. But the pizza that comes out of that place is near perfect. Try the thin crust. It’s very delicate and crispy like a cracker. Light layers of cheese, sauce, meats. Lighter than air. BTW: Do yourself a favor and get it delivered. Traffic/parking is a headache. Sometimes, the customer waiting area gets over-crowded and picking up your pizza takes way too long. Delivery is the way to go!
Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine. A Chicago-Style pizza legend! Note: Limited delivery area.
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Giordano's
5311 South Blackstone Avenue
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Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine. A Chicago-Style pizza legend! Note: Limited delivery area.
The food and service is always terrific. Moderately priced. There’s lot of tables in the front room where the bar is, so you may feel a bit squished. The back room has more space. Note: Limited delivery area.
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Pizza Capri
1501 East 53rd Street
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The food and service is always terrific. Moderately priced. There’s lot of tables in the front room where the bar is, so you may feel a bit squished. The back room has more space. Note: Limited delivery area.
This brewpub actually originates in Michigan and we’re just lucky enough to have a location out here in Hyde Park. Jolly Pumpkin brews some delicious concoctions to go along with their weekly $9 pizza specials, so you’d be remiss if you passed this place up. The rustic-chic, modern decor pairs perfectly with the atmosphere they’re trying to promote, so make sure to visit them soon—they even have music bingo on Wednesdays, as if you needed more incentive. Note: Limited delivery area.
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Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery
5215 S Harper Ave
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This brewpub actually originates in Michigan and we’re just lucky enough to have a location out here in Hyde Park. Jolly Pumpkin brews some delicious concoctions to go along with their weekly $9 pizza specials, so you’d be remiss if you passed this place up. The rustic-chic, modern decor pairs perfectly with the atmosphere they’re trying to promote, so make sure to visit them soon—they even have music bingo on Wednesdays, as if you needed more incentive. Note: Limited delivery area.
Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products (most sell wine). Terrific salad bar on the cold foods, but the warm foods tend to taste dried out. They also offer prepared meals.
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Whole Foods Market
5118 S Lake Park Ave
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Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products (most sell wine). Terrific salad bar on the cold foods, but the warm foods tend to taste dried out. They also offer prepared meals.
Family-run grocery shop specializing in fresh fruits & vegetables, also offering prepared meals. Available for online ordering and local delivery.
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Hyde Park Produce Market
1226 East 53rd Street
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Family-run grocery shop specializing in fresh fruits & vegetables, also offering prepared meals. Available for online ordering and local delivery.
This is not only the coolest grocery store in the area, it has blossomed into a great place to run into people. You can purchase a wine and other beverages and take a relaxed approach to shopping. Take advantage of the free food grill. Buy your meat from their meat department and they will prepare it for you, free of charge, during certain hours. Grab a salad from the extensive salad bar and, voila! Dinner is served!
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Mariano's
3857 S Martin Luther King Dr
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This is not only the coolest grocery store in the area, it has blossomed into a great place to run into people. You can purchase a wine and other beverages and take a relaxed approach to shopping. Take advantage of the free food grill. Buy your meat from their meat department and they will prepare it for you, free of charge, during certain hours. Grab a salad from the extensive salad bar and, voila! Dinner is served!
A gourmet, high end French pastry shop in the heart of Chicago; Vanille creates artful pastries that combine classic European traditions with modern flavors for the contemporary palette.
Vanille Pâtisserie
5229 S Harper Ct
A gourmet, high end French pastry shop in the heart of Chicago; Vanille creates artful pastries that combine classic European traditions with modern flavors for the contemporary palette.
2 Locations: Wicker Park and Hyde Park, the store is an eclectic mix of locally and internationally-sourced handmade jewelry, accessories, clothing, artwork. Highly recommended! And if you are going to be in Chicago in July? The annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party is a must-attend. It celebrates cultural diversity through expression, music and art, and is a community event hosted by The Silver Room and owner, Eric Williams. The event is a vibrant and diverse, all-ages, neighborhood gathering.
The Silver Room in Wicker Park
1302 N Milwaukee Ave
2 Locations: Wicker Park and Hyde Park, the store is an eclectic mix of locally and internationally-sourced handmade jewelry, accessories, clothing, artwork. Highly recommended! And if you are going to be in Chicago in July? The annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party is a must-attend. It celebrates cultural diversity through expression, music and art, and is a community event hosted by The Silver Room and owner, Eric Williams. The event is a vibrant and diverse, all-ages, neighborhood gathering.
Divvy is Chicago's bike share system, with 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across Chicagoland. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around. Become an Annual Member or buy a Pass from a Divvy station kiosk or the Divvy Bikes App.
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Divvy
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Divvy is Chicago's bike share system, with 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across Chicagoland. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around. Become an Annual Member or buy a Pass from a Divvy station kiosk or the Divvy Bikes App.
A scenic combination of 2 separate trails. An 18-mile Bike Trail and 18.5-mile Pedestrian Trail. Walk, bike or just sit down and watch the sunset over the shores of Lake Michigan. You’ll have access to beaches and picnicking areas. If you are hungry or thirsty, plan ahead because there’s not many places you can buy food when you are on the trails.
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Lakefront Trail
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A scenic combination of 2 separate trails. An 18-mile Bike Trail and 18.5-mile Pedestrian Trail. Walk, bike or just sit down and watch the sunset over the shores of Lake Michigan. You’ll have access to beaches and picnicking areas. If you are hungry or thirsty, plan ahead because there’s not many places you can buy food when you are on the trails.
A former private club, this 9-hole course offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan along with tree lined fairways and small greens.
South Shore Golf Course
A former private club, this 9-hole course offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan along with tree lined fairways and small greens.
Home of the Chicago City Amateur. Located 15 minutes south of downtown, this historic 18-hole course is the pride of the Chicago Park District.
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Jackson Park Golf Course
6401 South Richards Drive
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Home of the Chicago City Amateur. Located 15 minutes south of downtown, this historic 18-hole course is the pride of the Chicago Park District.
The Bronzeville Children's Museum, featuring exhibits designed for children ages 3 to 9, is the first and only African American children's museum in the country. The museum is named after the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the South.
Bronzeville Children's Museum
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
The Bronzeville Children's Museum, featuring exhibits designed for children ages 3 to 9, is the first and only African American children's museum in the country. The museum is named after the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the South.
The Medici, originally a gallery and coffee house, remains one of the best coffee houses in the city. It is now located on 57th St. between Kimbark and Kenwood Ave. near the University of Chicago
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Medici On 57th
East 57th Street
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The Medici, originally a gallery and coffee house, remains one of the best coffee houses in the city. It is now located on 57th St. between Kimbark and Kenwood Ave. near the University of Chicago
One of President Obama's favorite places to get breakfast in the morning. Once you are in line you can see the President Obama's favorite menu items displayed.
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Valois Restaurant
1518 East 53rd Street
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One of President Obama's favorite places to get breakfast in the morning. Once you are in line you can see the President Obama's favorite menu items displayed.
Fuse ’50s diner-style with a shoreside tavern and you’ve got the Cove Lounge. Cove Lounge is a relatively small space, which makes every experience there totally intimate, especially with the help of the vintage jukebox. And the lounge sports a mural painted by Chicago locals that you can enjoy while sippin’ on $2.50 Tall Boys.
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Cove Lounge
1750 East 55th Street
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Fuse ’50s diner-style with a shoreside tavern and you’ve got the Cove Lounge. Cove Lounge is a relatively small space, which makes every experience there totally intimate, especially with the help of the vintage jukebox. And the lounge sports a mural painted by Chicago locals that you can enjoy while sippin’ on $2.50 Tall Boys.
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly. Amazing cuisine. Intimate environment.
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Piccolo Mondo
1642 East 56th Street
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly. Amazing cuisine. Intimate environment.
Casual American fare, Vegetarian Friendly. Reasonable prices, average food. It's located on a bustling street so finding a place to park can be challenging.
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Mellow Yellow Restaurant
1508 East 53rd Street
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Casual American fare, Vegetarian Friendly. Reasonable prices, average food. It's located on a bustling street so finding a place to park can be challenging.
Indian, Cajun & Creole Vegetarian Friendly. If you like spicy foods that are seasoned just right, check this place out.
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Rajun Cajun
1459 East 53rd Street
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Indian, Cajun & Creole Vegetarian Friendly. If you like spicy foods that are seasoned just right, check this place out.
Fabiana Carter is already a Chicago legend, known for her Hyde Park bakery, and she just opened a bar that follows a desirable concept: boozy desserts. This place is perfect for University of Chicago students and intellectuals alike, as you’ll be surrounded by books for sale while you sip on specially crafted cocktails named after classic novels and dive into alcohol-infused concoctions. They even have a librarian on staff to validate the whole experience.
Bibliophile
1644 E 53rd St
Fabiana Carter is already a Chicago legend, known for her Hyde Park bakery, and she just opened a bar that follows a desirable concept: boozy desserts. This place is perfect for University of Chicago students and intellectuals alike, as you’ll be surrounded by books for sale while you sip on specially crafted cocktails named after classic novels and dive into alcohol-infused concoctions. They even have a librarian on staff to validate the whole experience.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture whose influence still reverberates today. Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, this American treasure is celebrated as one of Chicago's most important works of art.
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Frederick C. Robie House
5757 South Woodlawn Avenue
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture whose influence still reverberates today. Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, this American treasure is celebrated as one of Chicago's most important works of art.
The Prairie Style building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places as part of The Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District.
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Harper Theater
5238 South Harper Avenue
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The Prairie Style building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places as part of The Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District.
A Hyde Park landmark. It's been at the same location for many decades. Some say they have the best corned beef sandwich in Chicago! Tell you what I think...their corned beef is in the top 5!
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Morry's Deli
5500 South Cornell Avenue
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A Hyde Park landmark. It's been at the same location for many decades. Some say they have the best corned beef sandwich in Chicago! Tell you what I think...their corned beef is in the top 5!
French bakery which also offers sandwiches, salads, quiche. Worth checking out.
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Bonjour Cafe Bakery
1550 East 55th Street
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French bakery which also offers sandwiches, salads, quiche. Worth checking out.
The University of Chicago has a hidden basement bar with an outstanding beer list, and now that you’re in on the secret, we know you’re just itching to try out this old-school speakeasy pub (if you can find it). The only catch is that someone in your group has to have a UC ID to get in, and then cover is $3. If you are a student, faculty member, or know someone who is, then you’re in luck. Purchase the $10 membership to get free cover for the whole year and make sure to participate in games like trivia and Beer Passport.
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The Pub
1212 East 59th Street
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The University of Chicago has a hidden basement bar with an outstanding beer list, and now that you’re in on the secret, we know you’re just itching to try out this old-school speakeasy pub (if you can find it). The only catch is that someone in your group has to have a UC ID to get in, and then cover is $3. If you are a student, faculty member, or know someone who is, then you’re in luck. Purchase the $10 membership to get free cover for the whole year and make sure to participate in games like trivia and Beer Passport.
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice.
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Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice.
Celebrating over 50 years of sharing history, DuSable Museum of African American History is the nation's first independent museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Exhibits, concerts, films, children's events and literary discussions are just a few of the institution's various programs offered.
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DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
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Celebrating over 50 years of sharing history, DuSable Museum of African American History is the nation's first independent museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Exhibits, concerts, films, children's events and literary discussions are just a few of the institution's various programs offered.
Measuring 126 feet 10 inches (38.66 m) in length, the sculpture was inspired by Henry Austin Dobson's poem, "Paradox of Time.” With its 100 figures passing before Father Time, the work was created as a monument to the first 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814.
Fountain of Time
6000 South Cottage Grove Avenue
Measuring 126 feet 10 inches (38.66 m) in length, the sculpture was inspired by Henry Austin Dobson's poem, "Paradox of Time.” With its 100 figures passing before Father Time, the work was created as a monument to the first 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814.
Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegan Options, Halal.
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Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen
1206 E 53rd St
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Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegan Options, Halal.
Japanese, Sushi, Asian cuisine. I go there often because the service is fast and the food is absolutely delicious.
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Shinju Sushi
1375 East 53rd Street
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian cuisine. I go there often because the service is fast and the food is absolutely delicious.
31st Street Harbor is the newest and most anticipated addition to the Chicago harbor system. A 63,000 sq. ft. green roof, rentable indoor community space, and brand new playground. Has modestly-sized beache and picnicking area. There’s a large harbor house which offers basic refreshments.
31st Street Harbor
31st Street Harbor is the newest and most anticipated addition to the Chicago harbor system. A 63,000 sq. ft. green roof, rentable indoor community space, and brand new playground. Has modestly-sized beache and picnicking area. There’s a large harbor house which offers basic refreshments.
A small record store that features a huge selection of Jazz and Soul hits on vinyl and CDs. Original artwork adorns the walls. Check out the 99 cent bins for a steal. A listening booth is available for browsers.
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Hyde Park Records
1377 East 53rd Street
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A small record store that features a huge selection of Jazz and Soul hits on vinyl and CDs. Original artwork adorns the walls. Check out the 99 cent bins for a steal. A listening booth is available for browsers.
Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is at once a contemporary art exhibition space, learning lab, community resource, and social hub for artists and art-curious alike.
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Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue
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Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is at once a contemporary art exhibition space, learning lab, community resource, and social hub for artists and art-curious alike.
Founded in 1915, The Society's mission is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events. The Society presents art seldom seen in the Midwest.
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The Renaissance Society
5811 S Ellis Ave
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Founded in 1915, The Society's mission is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events. The Society presents art seldom seen in the Midwest.
The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
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Oriental Institute Museum
1155 East 58th Street
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The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
There’s something super quaint about this old dive bar. You’d never expect a rager of a night from a bar that doesn’t even go by its legal name—locals refer to it as “Jimmy’s” for the namesake of its owner—but let me be the first to tell you that Woodlawn Tap has it going on. They serve burgers for $3.50, house drinks for $4, and plenty of beer for under $5. Giving this place the benefit of the doubt is probably the smartest idea you’ll have this year.
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Woodlawn Tap
1172 East 55th Street
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There’s something super quaint about this old dive bar. You’d never expect a rager of a night from a bar that doesn’t even go by its legal name—locals refer to it as “Jimmy’s” for the namesake of its owner—but let me be the first to tell you that Woodlawn Tap has it going on. They serve burgers for $3.50, house drinks for $4, and plenty of beer for under $5. Giving this place the benefit of the doubt is probably the smartest idea you’ll have this year.