TravelAug/Sep 2012 Issue

Your Kind of Town

Day 5

Hyde Park

Hyde Park, home to the University of Chicago some seven miles south of downtown, prizes itself for its diversity and its academic wonkiness. The neighborhood is now also known for its most famous resident: President Obama, whose family home (not open to the public) is on South Greenwood Avenue.

The Museum of Science and Industry (57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414, is located in the only major building left from the World’s Fair of 1893. The museum’s collection is so extensive that it would take days to see it all. For a short tour, hit highlights like Science Storms, You: the Experience, and the U-505, the only German submarine in the United States.

For lunch, pack a sandwich and eat it at the Museum of Science and Industry, or head to Medici on 57th (1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394,, a favorite Hyde Park hangout. The Medici has compiled a book that lists the ingredients of all its dishes, highlighting major allergens. It does not have a separate gluten-free menu but does offer gluten-free bread.

Architecture buffs will appreciate touring the Robie House (5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000,, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most significant residential buildings and a masterpiece of the Prairie style. The DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Place, 773-947-0600, has a rich and diverse collection, including an exhibit about Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor.

Eve Becker has lived in her adopted hometown of Chicago for more than 20 years and loves the city’s neighborhoods, restaurants and sights. She writes a blog,, which lists some gluten-free Chicago restaurants.

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