University of Chicago students, professors and residents mingle throughout this south-side community. Hyde Park will be packing even more of a punch this year, with summer's opening of Harper Court, the development with new restaurants, retail shops and a hotel.
STAY: HYDE PARK HYATT PLACE (NEW)
Hyde Park's first new hotel in 50 years opens in August 2013 in the form of this six-floor, 131-room, LEED-certified hotel with underground parking, complimentary breakfast, dining and a bar, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center. Details
DO: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S ROBIE HOUSE
Architecture at its best — book a tour at the Prairie-style Robie House so your groups can get a glimpse at the building designated one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century. Details
DINE: THE PROMONTORY (NEW)
This won't be an ordinary eatery. Part concert venue, part restaurant/bar, the Promontory opens in early 2013, brought to you by the owner and the chef of Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle. Menu details not yet announced.
DISCOVER: THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
This hidden gem allows groups to come face-to-face with a 17-foot-tall statue of King Tut, gaze upon a set of shattered Persian plates broken when Alexander the Great destroyed Persepolis, walk up to a gigantic stone bull head used to guard kings at Persepolis in 500 B.C. and more. Truly fascinating. Details
DELIGHT: THE COURT THEATRE
Allow groups to discover the power of classic theater with tickets to a thought-provoking play at the Court Theatre on the University of Chicago's campus. The academic and creative sphere is a heady combination, as each season brings classic text that has been re-examined, re-envisioned and renewed. Details
DESIGN: HYDE PARK ART CENTER
In the gallery space of this multi-functional artistic hub, explore the innovative new works of primarily Chicago-based arists, including immersive installations, large-scale abstract paintings, detailed drawings, animations and more. Details
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