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according to Nick Salter


There are two major hotels serving Hyde Park.

In addition to the hotels, there are many Airbnb rooms available in the neighborhood, which can often be cheaper and located closer to campus. Please note that it will not be possible to have Airbnb expenses reimbursed though the conference.


Participants with cars should park in the parking garage at the corner of 55th and Ellis on Friday. There should be plenty of street parking on the weekend.



There are two airports serving Chicago.


The CTA is Chicago's public transit system, encompassing buses and trains ("the El"). If you are planning on using transit at all while in Chicago, you are strongly encouraged to acquire a Ventra card. This will store your fares, make boarding much quicker, and allow you to make transfers at a discount or for free. If you plan on exploring Chicago from Hyde Park, the following CTA routes will be useful.

Hyde Park

About Hyde Park

The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago's South Side. The approximate boundaries are the lake to the east, Washington Park to the west, 61st street to the south, and 47th street to the north. When exploring on foot, it is not recommended to venture substantially beyond these lines, as some nearby neighborhoods are less safe. Jackson Park is the large park on the southeastern edge of the neighborhood. It is home to the Museum of Science and Industry, and was the site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition. It is well worth a trip.


Benson would revoke the author's Ph.D. if he did not mention Harold's Chicken Shack at 53rd and Woodlawn.

For lunch, there is a range of options just east of campus on 57th street between Kimbark and Kenwood. Z&H and Cemitas Pueblas are particularly recommended. On campus, there are often food trucks on either side of the quad, on University and Ellis. There is also a café in the basement of Sloane Hall ("Div School") at the southwest end of the quad.

Plein Aire Café at 58th and Woodlawn serves excellent coffee and food - be aware that the line is often quite long.

Slightly farther afield, there is a range of restaurants on 53rd street between Kenwood and Harper. The entirety of Hyde Park's Asian food can be found on 55th street just east of the Metra tracks.


The UChicago Pub located in the basement of Noyes Hall on campus has the best selection of beers in the neighborhood, but you must be accompanied by a member (e.g. a current grad student) and pay a $3 cover.

Jimmy's is located at 55th and Woodlawn; for unknown reasons the sign says "Woodlawn Tap". Cash only.

The Cove is located at 55th and Everett adjacent to the lakefront. Better beer selection than Jimmy's with more lighting. Cash only.