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jent103 Aug 31st, 2012 08:03 AM

Chicago - Loop to Robie House
I'm heading to Chicago tomorrow for the fourth time, but planning to visit the Hyde Park area for the first time. The main thing we want to do is to tour Robie House, and given that it's a holiday weekend, we're likely planning to buy tickets online today. Our flight gets into Midway at 10am, so I'm anticipating being at the hotel (Hotel Monaco on N. Wabash) by 11, hopefully checking in and getting some lunch before heading to Hyde Park. TaxiFareFinder estimates a cab fare at about $24 from our hotel to the Hyde Park area - does that sound about right to Chicagoans? That would be pretty pricy to get there and back, but the bus looks like it's about 45 minutes to an hour one way depending on how lost we get :) . Any tips on the Hyde Park area or transit to/from there would be greatly appreciated - I've read that Hyde Park should be fine but is near some neighborhoods we don't want to get lost in.

Citylghts Aug 31st, 2012 09:29 AM

You'd have to head west or significantly north of U of C to be someplace you wouldn't want.

You can take the Number 6 or 10 bus to Museum of Science and Industry (57th Street and Stony Island Ave), then walk west on 57th street to Woodlawn. I've done it and you'll be fine.

You can also take the Metra Electric line from Millennium Station to 56/57th Streets, although it runs less frequently than the buses on weekend.

The area is easy to navigate as all the east-west streets are numbered. While you're down there, you may want to pay a visit to the Oriental Institute. It's free and you can tour it in about 90 minutes.

jent103 Aug 31st, 2012 10:26 AM

Thanks, Citylghts! The 6 or 10 plus walking was what I was thinking, so I appreciate the reassurance. I figured we'd be fine, but it never hurts to check! I'll check out the Oriental Institute as well - thanks!

Bitter Sep 4th, 2012 08:28 AM

I was looking at the Robie and/or Oriental institute also. About how long of a walk is it from the 57th Street and Stony Island Ave stop? And is it safe? There will be 4 of us, including 2 kids.

I hesitate to ask the safety question. We walk everywhere downtown. However, approximately 20 years ago I took one of the trains south out of the loop, as far as it would go, thinking I could walk to the Sci/Ind museum (it appeared relatively close by on the map). I don't know if that was 57th, but I found myself in what appeared to be a less than desirable area, with no museum in sight. I don't want to repeat that experience.

Citylghts Sep 4th, 2012 09:34 AM

The Robie House and Oriental Institute are about 7-8 blocks from the Metra station.

Probably most areas of the city have changed since 20 years ago. Most for the better and some, unfortunately, for the worse. Since there are no less than six different trains that run from The Loop to the south side and beyond, you have to make sure you know which system (Metra or CTA) and what stop you want.

jent103 Sep 4th, 2012 09:35 AM

Hi Bitter - we ended up taking a cab down on Saturday, just to save time (plus there were five of us, so it was pretty cheap!). We took the bus back to the Loop from MoSI, though. I felt perfectly safe walking that route, as well as a little around the UC campus, on a Saturday afternoon - there were people out and about and we had no trouble at all. It probably took us 10-15 minutes to get to the bus from Robie House.

Citylghts, we were running too late to get to the Oriental Institute - I'll have to check that out for next time! Robie House was really interesting to me, though. I'm glad we made the trip.

Bitter Sep 4th, 2012 10:38 AM

City: You are of course correct. Places like Cabrini Greens have been dismantled since I started visiting Chicago.

jent: that is very helpful and calming. Unfortunately we'll have to choose between Robie or Oriental, because both are not open on the days we'll be there (m-w). I may try to do the Smart museum, also.

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