Hyde Park Walking Tour - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Hyde Park Walking Tour

$25 per person
Up to 30 people
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$25 per person
Chicago , Illinois
What We’ll Do

Where can the mysterious wonders of the Ancient Near East, the height of American art and architecture, and the birth place of the atomic age all be found in a few short blocks? The South Side, of course.

Join Atlas Obscura for a history-intensive walking tour of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Home to the University of Chicago, the South Side enclave is among the most influential and complicated places in the world. In this tour, we'll marvel at its treasures and explore its world-changing history. A short stroll will take us from the stunning collection of ancient artifacts at the Oriental Institute to the soaring architecture of Rockefeller Chapel. We'll also travel up the Midway Plaisance, home to the seedier side of the 1893 World’s Fair.

We'll touch high points of human history, even as we hear the story of its possible destruction. Hyde Park is home to the best of human thought and art, but it is also the birth place of the atomic bomb. We will see the homes of the bomb’s creators, where their work was done. We'll hear the stories of all that went into the bomb's creation, and visit the site of the first human-made atomic chain reaction as well as one of Chicago’s many disused fallout shelters.

What Else You Should Know

The event will run rain, shine, or snow.

Questions? Email Matt Holmes at matt.holmes@atlasobscura.com.

Group Size

There are 30 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

This event is ADA accessible.

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