Sleeping Around in Hyde Park
Although the Hyatt Place, LaQuinta Inn, Lakeshore Hotel and soon to be Sophy Hotel are all places to bed and board, what do you do if they are all filled and you need or want to be in Hyde Park overnight? Don’t panic just yet. There are ample options in and around Hyde Park that you could propose to friends and family coming to Chicago. For instance, there are AirBnB’s to consider, or bed and breakfasts, home shares, guest houses, vintage studio apartments and even residences that all cater to those requiring a clean comfy bed for the night, or several nights.
They range in price from $58 to $148 a night, depending on how close you want to be to the lake. The rooms can vary from a Bohemian basement to an upscale private room in a townhouse, or to a full-scale house. Like any other place to lay your head you might want to consider those with amenities that make it feel like home…except that someone else will be cleaning up after you.
Another option is to go to Google and look into bed and breakfasts and/or AirBnB’s in Hyde Park. Then check on the amenities, how close the dwelling is to where you want to be, i.e. museums, the University of Chicago, Jackson Park, 57th & 63rd Street Beaches, coffee shops, grocery stores and any events. Check to see if you can arrive at any time without being penalized. Ask if you are allowed to have your own door code or key. Is there parking? Is it free? Linens should be provided in addition to towels and wash cloths. Also check to see if you will be sharing the room or house with other travelers. Remember, these are not hotel rooms so you need to ask these questions.
A little history of sleeping overnight in Hyde Park. Before the brand named hotels mentioned above existed, Hyde Park was considered a resort area, a “go to” place in the city where the southern part of Lake Michigan was full of people with money to spend. It was considered the south side “gold coast”. The hotels were built for lavish fun and entertainment like the Sisson Hotel, which became the Hyde Park Hotel, which became the Hampton House. Or the Chicago Beach Hotel which was eventually razed for 1960s urban renewal. Or the Del Prado, Windermere East and Shoreland hotels which each got the ax and became apartment buildings. May their memories rest in peace.
In the meantime:
- Beadle Residences, 5140 S. Kenwood; apartment lodgings with full kitchens in the heart of Hyde Park. Free off-street parking.
- The Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th Street; includes University faculty and staff, members of the community, and alumni; features 17 guestrooms with private baths.
- Welcome Inn Manor, 4563 S. Michigan Avenue; a restored 19th century B&B just outside Hyde Park, with free gourmet breakfast and shuttle service.
- Vintage studio apartments are in abundance right now to rent for a day or seven days in Hyde Park, just go to: Livezencity.com, Homeaway.com or VRBO.com which offer information on guest houses, house shares, vintage studio apartments and AirBnB’s in Hyde Park.
JoAnn Fastoff Blackman is a long-time Hyde Parker and an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction books. Her various blogs have focused on environmental issues in and around Chicago. HPChamber Speak will appear periodically addressing issues impacting Hyde Park’s business community.