Tour Five: The Transformation of Hyde Park (Tues)
You won’t recognize the new Hyde Park! A once-in-a-generation development project is revitalizing the 53rd Street commercial district. An estimated $320 million in investments by the University of Chicago and public and private partners represents an evolution in the relationship between urban universities and their communities. Quoting a university administrator in an October 25, 2012 New York Times article, “… in the 1950s and ’60s, there was a lot of development aimed at creating a barrier around the campus....we’re now trying to reverse that trend.”
This vision includes more than just commercial development – the University has enlisted world-renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates to develop a vibrant arts center as an inspiration for community development in nearby Washington Park.
Hear an overview of this multi-faceted project at the renovated and historic Harper Theater, built in 1915 and now listed on the National Registry.
Visit the new 53rd Street complex including a Hyatt Place Hotel, Harper Court retail shops, and a twelve-story building with its expansive view of Lake Michigan.
Enjoy lunch at a 53rd Street restaurant opened by Matthias Merges, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s.
Embark on a tour led by Theaster Gates through his Arts Incubator, the newest facility in the University’s Arts and Public Life Initiative. Gates will discuss his vision of how the arts can invigorate the Washington Park community.
By day’s end, you will know how this visionary collaboration is revitalizing one of the oldest and most culturally rich communities in Chicago.
** Level Two (some walking and standing)
Buses depart from Clinton Street, just south of Madison at 8:30 a.m. and return to same location by 3:15 p.m.
Note: All participants must check-in and board the bus at this location.
$85 (lunch included)
No Refunds available.