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Must See in Hyde Park

The University of Chicago

A private research university, the University of Chicago, was established in 1890 by The American Baptist Education Society with a donation by John D. Rockefeller. The University of Chicago is often found on several national and worldwide top ten lists and boasts many prominent alumni, professors, faculty, and staff, including 91 Nobel laureates, 50 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients, 51 Rhodes Scholars, 23 Marshall Scholars, 9 Fields Medalists, and 20 National Humanities Medalists.

The University of Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

Opened in 1933 by Julius Rosenwald, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is dedicated to "inspiring the inventive genius in everyone", offering unique and interactive experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and features fascinating exhibits such as Farm Tech, The Idea Factory, Science Storms, and Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum's namesake comes from Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, who in 1779 established the trading post and permanent settlement which would become known as Chicago. DuSable Museum is open to the public Tuesday - Sunday each week. 

Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center serves as the nucleus of all things contemporary and art related in Chicago. Free and open to the public seven days a week, explore their six ever-changing galleries featuring over 20 exhibitions each year. 

Midway Plaisance

Known locally as the Midway, this public park was the home of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Today, the Midway connects Jackson and Washington Park and offers paths for biking, walking, and jogging. 

Midway Plaisance

While You're Here - Chicago

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Located just 15 minutes from Sophy, Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. Home to numerous attractions, such as fireworks twice a week in the summer, an indoor ice skating rink, shipping, dining, and more. The Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, an IMAX Theater are also all located at Navy Pier as well as the first and only one of its king Ferris Wheel featuring two-sided cars.

The Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile features a blend of upscale department stores, restaurants, luxury retailers, residential and commercial buildings, and more. Several Chicago Landmarks, National Register of Historic Places locations and National Historic Landmarks sit along The Magnificent Mile as well as five of the 85 tallest buildings in the world.

Guaranteed Rate Field - Home of the Chicago White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field opened in 1991 after the White Sox had played at Comiskey Park for 81 years. The new field pays homage to Comiskey Park with the notable "exploding scoreboard", arched windows along the front facade, as well as similar field dimensions and seating configuration. Guaranteed Rate Field is located just 10 minutes from the hotel.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park that was intended to celebrate the second millennium and now welcomes over 25 million visitors a year. Features include the Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Luirie Garden and much more.

Millenium Park