The stomping grounds for the city's smarter set, Hyde Park has long been a haven for artists and intellectuals. The world-renowned University of Chicago attracts overachieving college students from around the globe, which in turn draws a wide selection of college-friendly businesses, from coffee shops to art galleries to friendly taverns.
Historic homes and landmarks abound, mixed in with modern two- and three-flats and affordable, student-friendly housing. The famous 53rd Street strip offers plenty of shopping and dining options, and the running paths and athletic fields along Lake Michigan often teem with energetic collegiates. Hyde Park is also home to the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Chicago's most perennially popular attractions.