Chicago's motto is "City in a Garden," and nowhere is that better illustrated than in Hyde Park and the surrounding communities. Home to Jackson Park, Washington Park, and the Midway Plaisance, all created by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the Mid-South Side is nestled in a sea of green space. To the east is the vast expanse of Lake Michigan, where the color palette shifts with every season and sunrise.

The lakefront bike path is more than 18 miles long. It connects Hyde Park to historic South Shore in one direction and the city's North Side in the other, with cultural stopping points at museums, stadiums, summer festivals, and tourist attractions along the way.