The stylish new Sophy Hyde Park hotel is well outside Chicago’s center, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous compelling attractions nearby. For those who have visited the city before, the property is a fun alternative to staying downtown, affording easy access to important South Side attractions. And those who have never been to Chicago should consider staying both downtown and in Hyde Park, in order to experience the city center as well as a beautiful neighborhood.
This itinerary doesn’t include the South Side’s most famous attraction, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, which can occupy the better part of a day all on its own. In the future, visitors to the neighborhood will also be able to visit the Obama Presidential Center, which will likely be built in Jackson Park.
Have breakfast at the Sophy Hyde Park’s restaurant, Mesler. Take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most graceful residential structures, the Robie House. The interior lacks many of the original Wright-designed furnishings, but guides bring the house to vivid life. (Note, however, that the Robie House is closed to visitors until March 29, 2019. Once it opens again, book tickets for the 10 a.m. guided tour in advance on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s website.) If you’re a hardy sort and determined to visit Chicago before April, walk instead to the Heller House at 5132 S. Woodlawn. This house is a private residence, but Frank Lloyd Wright’s pedigree is unmistakable from its exterior.