"We moved here from the North Side. Our neighborhood is now much less busy and frantic. We see more grass and trees out our window. There's a sense of calmness that I appreciate."
Cello teacher on faculty at the Musical Offering and the Chicago Academy of the Arts; chamber music coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program.
Attends Lyric Opera as a season ticket holder; meets with friends for dinner; works out at Bally Total Fitness on 47th Street; bikes. "We love how close we are to the bike path. Andrew bikes to work downtown every week, rain or shine." Hyde Park restaurant favorite: La Petite Folie for French cuisine. Elsewhere in the city: Pars Cove in Lincoln Park for Mediterranean, Sepia in the Fulton River District for atmosphere, Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park for wholesome menu, Raj Darbar on Halsted for Indian, the Lucky Platter in Evanston for comfort food.
If you have two hours in Hyde Park:
Enjoy a scenic walk to the Point on the lakefront. Visit the Smart Museum of Art.
If you have two days in Hyde Park:
Take a quick trip downtown to the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum and "make a day of the museums." Go on an architecture tour, "by boat or walking—it depends on if you want physical activity." Visit art galleries downtown or take in a concert. If you have kids, visit Lincoln Park Zoo. For lunch or dinner, try Chinatown: "It's always a great place to go. You can do it if you only have two hours, too."