Top Things to Do in South Side

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Top Things to Do in South Side

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  • Julie L
    Leichhardt, Australia
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So going to a large museum in the summer school holidays was always going to be a busy time to go, but I think this was the most packed museum I’ve been to. Nevertheless it was well worth the visit.

    Worth noting that a lot of the displays cost extra or you need to book a time to go in. If you’re keen to see a particular one that needs booking I suggest booking as soon as you arrive as you might have to wait a while.

    The 007 display was with the extra ticket price if you’re a fan. We also paid to watch the D Day film in the Globe Theatre.

    If it wasn’t such a hot day I’d have spent more time admiring the museum from the outside as it’s a beautiful building.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • Member24
    Berkeley, CA
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small museum flies somewhat under the radar, but it has a world-famous collection. It's on the University of Chicago campus just across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. In the first half of the 20th century the University's Oriental Institute, funded by John D Rockefeller, led excavations in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Egypt and brought home treasures including important neolithic and bronze age artifacts and some truly monumental sculptures from Assyria, Babylon and Persepolis. The collection is housed in a beautiful art deco building (thanks again to John D) and is very well displayed and interpreted. A short (1.5 hour) visit and extremely worthwhile.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was an excellent tour of one of Wright's best prairie homes. Our docent was outstanding, guiding us through the rooms and embellishing the classic Wright designs with the flow of the home. This is our ninetieth Wright structure, and have become familiar with his work. Just as fascinating as the design is the history of these homes, normally ending with a Historic preservation trust. Wright designed the house for the entrepreneur and inventor Fredrick Robbie in 1910. This house might better be called and The Wilbur home, as in 1911 Robbie fell into financial trouble and sold it to David Lee Taylor, who died a year later then passing it to the Wilbur family. The Wilbur family sold the property in 1926 to the Chicago Theological Seminary for use as married-student housing. They twice proposed tearing down the house leading to grassroots protests that included Wright himself. The building was saved and transferred to the University of Chicago until 1997, when it executed a lease with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Photos are permitted and you're not required to cover up footwear. Most of the furnishings were lost during the transitions and the house is now mostly empty. Tours are busy so reservations are a must. In 2019, Robbie House was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Dorothy S
    Kalamazoo, MI
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dang what a beautiful Quad, which is pedestrian and so lovely to walk through in springtime! The neo-Gothic architecture is stunning. I also know several people who went her for undergrad and graduate school —both of which are superb. Challenging, scintillating, and superb. One of the great institutions of Higher Learning in the world.
    Don’t miss the Midway from your car, and explore Robin House (Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece) and Rockefeller chapel.
    Written 8 May 2024
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underrated ballpark overshadowed by the nostalgic Wrigley. Tickets were dirt cheap as the Sox are terrible and demand is zero, but that means a great deal and little hassle.

    The park is a bit out of the way - I took the red line from downtown Chicago and got off at Sox-35th. A maybe 5 minute walk brings you to the stadium. There were some sketchy vendors near the station selling nips and other alcoholic beverages which likely isn't entirely legal. And there was an incident on the train where some youths were peddling little baggies of 'stuff' going from car to car, but this seemed to not phase the passengers, most going to the game, and they passed by without incident.

    I stopped at the box office and easily got a $26 ticket that included two drinks in right field on an aisle.

    Went to my section and seat which was had no one in it while the orioles were still taking batting practice. A ball landed in the next section over to mine and I easily walked over and picked it up with no competition.

    I had a Campfire Milkshake which was chocolate ice cream, marshmallow whipped cream and topped with a Hershey bar, toasted marshmallows and graham cracker crumbles. It was average and cost $15. Note - the guest relations folks said these sell out quick and are available in the Vizzy View Bar. I had to ask where they were as no regular vendors had them after looping the stadium.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • GBoseman
    Orange, NJ
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a short Mother- Daughter (Young Adult) trip to Chicago for Memorial Day week-end – a city we had never visited, included a visit to DuSable Museum of African –American History. It was raining heavily that Sunday – however with a break in the weather we took a rideshare to the museum and it was worth it – a poetry reading (spoken word) performance was going in at the time, so we sat for a short period before moving on to view the exhibits – which we interesting and informative = particularly the animatronics that presented Mayor Harold Washington’s political life and impact on Chicago till his untimely death. And the small presentation on EQUIANO.STORIES were interesting and I think children will like them – the entire visit was about one and one-half hours – the trip from the town center to the museum is about 20 minutes and you will see a different part of Chicago but I recommend the effort.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The University of Chicago was created and gifted by John D Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest people to ever live. For decades it has been a worldwide research leader in so many fields. As an economics major, so much of my studies in the 1980s were derived from Milton Friedman and the Economics School here.

    Most people are totally unaware that the roots of the university are from the American Baptist Education Society as Rockefeller was a devoted Baptist. This Gothic Revival Church commands a prominent position on the SE corner of the campus. At 200 feet it is by covenant to be the tallest structure on campus. Additionally is a self supported structure with no steel, like the medieval cathedrals of Europe.

    Unfortunately, we walked the campus before 10 so the Chapel was not opened. Still it was an impressive site on its exterior.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Pam T
    Mansfield, OH
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love Chinatown as a destination for shopping for produce etc and eating. Saturday the parking was hard to get and so I ended up in public parking which was 15 bucks for a little over an hour. When I went back on Tuesday morning, I found a free spot along the road. Found some awesome produce as well as noodles to bring home in my suitcase. Ate twice at Happy Cafe which I will review on their page. Some places did ask for cash. Be ready for that. There are hotels in the area which would eliminate the parking issue but the one charges $30 a day. Just an FYI, not complaining. Love to go here as an escape from the norm. Will return.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful community-run park with agility options, cooling pools and mist stations, and first aide! Plus the ability to section off half of the park if you have dogs with mismatched temperament. I have never been to a better dog park in the city of Chicago. Absolutely worth the trip to Hyde Park if you're not from the neighborhood
    Written 18 July 2021
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Smart Museum of Art -- really more of a gallery -- sits on the University of Chicago campus. For most, it will not be worth a visit in its own right, but it is within walking distance of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House and maybe a little over a mile from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, so it might be combined with a visit to one of those sites.

    The museum is in a modern-ish building as part of the University of Chicago. It was funded by a pair of brothers who, among other things, founded Esquire magazine.

    We understand that there is a permanent collection that includes some of the furnishings from the Robie House. During our visit, however, the entire building was taken up with an exhibition of the Meiji period, the era in Japan from roughly 1868 to 1912, when the country was transforming from an isolated feudal society, to a powerful, modern one under the Meiji emperor.

    The Japanese influences on western art at the time are well known. Works such as Puccini's Madame Butterfly or Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado reflected that new contact. Frank Lloyd Wright himself was influenced by Japanese design. The Art Nouveau movement was both influenced by and an influence on Japanese art.

    This exhibition reflects Japan's own reflection on the changes to its culture, whether assimilating or resisting western efforts. Japan's own development during this period was staggering, developing a modern army and navy that largely defeated Russia in the early 1900s. This art reflects all of these changes.

    Among our favorites was a print with a Japanese maiden being wooed by a rough westerner while a "good" spirit warns her to stay with her own culture. Another depicts a man well-dressed in western-style clothing while his companion is in a traditional komono. Another is an over-the-top propaganda piece depicting the Chinese arming setting packs of tigers on the Japanese troops (as the materials note, tigers don't hunt in packs).

    This exhibit only runs to early June, but we enjoyed it very much and appreciated the thoughtful explanatory material and the fascinating interplay between art and history in Japan during this period.

    The museum itself has roughly four well-lit galleries. Admission is free.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • ofdaleys
    Oak Forest, IL
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love the Court Theater! It is small enough that there really is no bad seat. The productions are world class. We have never been disappointed at the Court. If you have a chance to see any productions of an August Wilson play, do it! The acting and directing are amazing.
    Written 14 October 2019
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  • Adam K
    Scottsdale, AZ
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a pleasant way to spend an hour. The parking lot is on Hayes, just east of Cornell drive. There aren’t many signs to the garden until after you park and start walking toward it. Parking was like $2 per hour. Cross the bridge to Wooded Island, for a nice nature walk and the real jewel is the Garden of the Phoenix. Kids had fun walking around.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • virtualJay
    Bethany Beach, DE
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's not a big place and the displays are interesting if not amazing. I especially learned a lot about how the US attempted to control - and even completely prevent! - Chinese immigration to the US back in the late 1800s. It's been a long and convoluted relationship between the US and Chinese immigrants, yet here they are, living in the US by the millions and contributing in many positive ways. I even learned about a Chinese immigrant who fought for the Union in the Civil War. I knocked off one star because the movie, which was reviewed as being exceptionally good, was not working.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • NSouth
    Gretna, LA
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My daughter enjoys swimming. We came to the point so she can enjoy swimming in the Lake Michigan. She said the water was very cold but clear.
    Written 13 August 2023
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago is a landmark for architecture, from Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Be sure to see the S.R. Crown Hall, designed by van der Rohe and the home of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Located at 3360 South State Street, it was completed in 1956 and is widely regarded as one of the most architecturally significant buildings of the 20th century Modernist movement. While van der Rohe designed several dozen buildings for the south side of the ITT campus, mostly employing a brick and glass infill system within an exposed steel frame, he deviated from the norm when designing Crown Hall and built a totally different structure which no one had seen before. In designing Crown Hall, he created an openness and simplicity with a suspended roof without the need for interior columns. The two-level building is configured as a pure rectangular form, 220 feet by 120 feet by 18 feet tall. The substructure is reinforced concrete and is independent of the superstructure. The enclosed space is column free with four six-foot steel plate girders welded to eight H-columns. These girders suspend the roof in a single plane to form a primary structure. While the lower level consists of several rooms, the upper level occupies almost 50 percent of the total area of the building but includes only one large, open classroom. Crown Hall was named a Chicago Landmark in 1997 and a National Historic Landmark in 2001 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
    Written 13 May 2023
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