When you think of Hyde Park, the first landmarks that come to mind are University of Chicago and Museum of Science & Industry. However, what if I told you that there is more hidden cultural and art treasures within Chicago’s beautiful neighborhood of Hyde Park? If you love art, here are some of the places you may want to visit this fall!
DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum is located in the Heart of Washington Park in Hyde Park by South Cottage Grove Avenue and East 57th Street. This cultural museum houses exhibitions and artifacts that truly highlight African-American History, culture, and art. The purpose of the museum is to inspire appreciation of the achievements and experiences of African-Americans throughout history. The website can be helpful in planning a trip to this historical Museum!
Africa International House
How about visiting Africa International House which is located by South Drexel Avenue and East 62nd Street? This place serves as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Every year they host an African Festival of the Arts in which is also known as an African Marketplace that showcase interesting exhibitions and artifacts. To learn more about the center and festivals, visit their website!
Hyde Park Art Center
Another important place to visit would be the Hyde Park Art Center. It is located in front of the lakefront by South Lake Park Avenue and East Hyde Park Boulevard. The Art Center is a Non for Profit Organization that focuses on visual arts, exhibiting work by emerging or under-recognized contemporary artists. For 75 years, this non-profit center has connected the public to creative art through exhibitions, artist talks, free public events, studio art classes, and an international residency. If you want to explore your creative side more, visit their website!
Smart Museum of Art
If you want to learn more about Asian and European art, try going to Smart Museum of Art. This intimate center is located in the University of Chicago campus by East 56th Street and South University Avenue. This museum specializes in contemporary and modern art that is Asian and European inspired. The Art center is filled with over 12,000 objects for the public to see. The best part of this museum is that it’s open to all ages and it’s free! Go visit their website to find out about special exhibitions they might be showcasing this season.
Get creative and explore your artistic side. Make sure to plan a trip to all of these fascinating places during this cold weather. There is no doubt that you will learn about diverse cultures and enjoy beautiful Hyde Park at the same time!