When it comes to exploring this awesome city of ours, well, we all have our comfort zones. After all, it's just too easy to walk out the door and find amazing shops, restos, and entertainment in our own neighborhoods. But, if you've only made it as far as, say, Wicker Park, we've got news for you: There's a lot of other really rad places to visit that are only a few El stops away. Our pick du jour? Hyde Park, home to the Obamas—and so much more.
Sure, we covered the obvious spots like the president's favorite place to nosh and pick up a good read. We even tracked down the college apartment where he probably spent time contemplating his future. But, this South Side neighborhood also has other treasures, ranging from off-beat shopping at Encore Thrift Store and Hyde Park Records to the inspiring work of Frank Lloyd Wright at Robie House. There's even a park with killer lakefront views that may not be on your radar (you're welcome!). Of course, we've got spots for dining, as well—we are a food town, after all. So, what are you waiting for? Charge up that CTA pass and get going!
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