History The 800-Pound Gargoyle
The University of Chicago may not be the only force that shaped Hyde Park and Kenwood, but it’s the biggest.
By Deanna Isaacs
Politics An Island in the Swamp
For decades now, most of Chicago’s political independents have emerged from Hyde Park and Kenwood.
By Ben Joravsky
Community Expelled From the Garden The U. of C. wants to park bulldozers on a Woodlawn community garden, and it won’t take “let’s talk about this” for an answer.
By Martha Bayne
Architecture Beyond Robie House
A tour of some of the neighborhoods’ lesser-known architectural gems
By Tim Samuelson
GLBTQ Dance For Your Rights
Hyde Park was a bastion of the Stonewall-era gay-rights movement in Chicago.
By Sam Worley
Theater The Cradle of Chicago-Style Theater
Both Chicago improv and the off-Loop theater movement have their roots in Hyde Park. Sheldon Patinkin was there.
By Tony Adler
Street Level: What to do and where to do it
Arts & Museums Museums, fairs, galleries, co-ops, and a transitory art project
Bars The four places the locals drink
Restaurants Old haunts like the Medici, new cafes like Backstory… and where to get Indian & soul food in the same restaurant
Lit Bookstores, series, and other resources for readers.
Music Where to hear it, buy it, and learn it
Shopping & Services Bike stores, high-quality cookware, a “potted-plant gallery,” and more
Performing Arts Where to go in the birthplace of off-Loop theater
Movies The venerable Doc Films and pictures & sounds at the Film Studies Center.
Parks & Rec Promontory Point, Jackson Park, cricket, lawn bowling, and more
Education & Classes It’s not just the U of C
GLBTQ Neighborhood centers and services
Volunteering How and where to give back in Hyde Park and Kenwood