Learn About South Side Neighborhood Tours

July 2, 2011

Whether you are new to the neighborhood or looking to experience our communities in a new way, exploring all of the tours available in and around the greater Hyde Park area would be well worth your while.  This summer is the time to take in everything Chicago’s Culture Coast offers by foot, by bike, or by bus.

Those looking to retrace the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago would do well to look into  ”The White City… Then and Now” tour, which explores the former sites of the fair, and is offered by the Museum of Science and Industry. If you want to explore the neighborhood, check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s walking tours of Hyde Park on August 7th and September 11th, and Kenwood’s 15-square block historic district on September 24th and October 15th. A number of tours kick off at the Hyde Park Art Center, including “Bobby’s Bike Hike: Historical Hyde Park Tour,” and the FREE “Hyde Park Instagreeter Tour,” both available on weekends throughout the summer.

On July 16th and September 24th, you can also take a bus ride with “Hyde Park & Kenwood: Chicago Neighborhood Tours,” which departs from the Chicago Cultural Center. Also, don’t miss out on the Family Adventures Tours, offered by the City in partnership with HyPa, the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture! Family Adventures offers a neighborhood tour of Hyde Park with plenty to see for parents and kids, alike. Tours will be held on July 23rd and August 5th Find your creative side in a tour and art-making activity at the Hyde Park Art Center (July 23) or visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (August 5) and participate in an art glass workshop. Lunch in a nearby park and a jam session with Marsha’s Music round out the day. The Family Adventure to Jackson Park explores nature through a tour of Osaka Garden. Tickets can be found here. And if you are looking to explore the South Side beyond Hyde Park’s borders, Family Adventures also offers a “Bridgeport/IIT” tour that takes you to Cellular Field and IIT’s Bronzeville campus. Check out these tours, as well as others, such as the “Restoring Bronzeville Tour,” offered by the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers “Hop On, Hop Off” tours and has expanded their South Neighborhoods Tour featuring the Museum of Science and Industry to include a stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and a chance to explore the surrounding area, suggesting such arts and cultural gems as the Oriental Institute Museum, Smart Museum, and the University of Chicago campus.  When it’s time to eat, take your pick—options range from pizza to Thai to Middle Eastern and beyond, and don’t miss the hub of great independent bookstores on 57th Street between Harper and Kimbark. Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.’s Explore Chicago Tour combines this South Neighborhoods Tour with two more neighborhoods and highlights of downtown Chicago.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House offers tours frequently throughout the summer as well. And for jazz fans out there that can’t wait for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival the last weekend in September, you can venture out into the city and check out “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues and Beyond” at Chicago Detours. More information about tours around Hyde Park and Chicago is available at Explore Chicago Tours.

By bus, bike, or foot – Make this the summer to explore the Culture Coast!

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