Museums and Attractions

There are many bookstores in Hyde Park. The University of Chicago Bookstore is a Barnes and Noble which gives special focus to alumni and faculty authors, and sells University branded apparel and merchandise. The Seminary Co-op Bookstore has over 100,000 titles which range widely across the humanities and social sciences, while 57th Street Books focuses more on general interest books. Powell’s Books features well over 250,000 used, rare, and discounted books. Click here for more info. 
The DuSable Museum is committed to studying and conserving African American history, culture, and art. It has a collection of 13,000 artifacts, books, photographs, and art objects. The cost of admission for Chicago residents is $8.00 for adults, and $2.00 for children. Click here for more info. 
The Museum of Science and Industry is in a building that formerly housed the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1893 World Exposition. The museum has several major permanent exhibits, including a deep-shaft coal mine, one of the two German U-505 submarines which were captured during World War II, and a 3,500 square-food model railroad, which tells the story of train transport between Chicago and Seattle. There are also two World War II planes, a German divebomber, and the first diesel-powered stainless-steel train, among other things. Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $11.00 for children. Click here for more info.
The Oriental Institute is UChicago’s archaeological museum for Oriental studies. The museum has artifacts from Egypt, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. Some significant pieces include various treasures from Persepolis, a 40-ton human-headed winged bull, and a monumental statue of King Tutankhamun. Admission is free, however, visitors are encouraged to donate $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Click here for more info. 
The Garden of the Phoenix, formerly known as the Osaka Garden, is a small and quiet Japanese garden in Jackson Park. It’s a ten-minute walk south from the Museum of Science and Industry. 
Promontory Point, or just The Point, is a man-made peninsula which juts into Lake Michigan. One can walk along the lakefront trail, or simply relax on the rocks by the water.
The Renaissance Society is a contemporary art museum in Hyde Park. It has four or five exhibitions per year, which feature both internationally and locally renowned artists. The Renaissance Society is open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Friday, and from 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Click here for more info.
The Frederic C. Robie House is a U.S. Natural History Landmark which was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Robie house is known to be the best example of the Prairie School style. Tours are from Thursday - Monday, from 10:30 am – 4pm. Tours are every 30 minutes, and tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Click here for more info.

The Smart Museum is a free museum on the University of Chicago campus that features special exhibitions and a permanent collection of over 10,000 objects. Click here for more info.

If you want to take a free tour of the University of Chicago campus, click here. The tours are given by students working for the Admissions Office and although they are mostly attended by prospective students and their families, all are welcome.