South Side Culture Coast

The South Side is a major part of the city of Chicago, which is located in Cook County, Illinois. Much of it evolved from the city's incorporation of independent townships, such as Hyde Park Township, which voted along with several other townships to be annexed in the June 29, 1889 elections.

Hyde Park's economic engine has remained strong through the years. The University of Chicago and its medical center employ more than 17,000 people, many of whom live in the community. More than 60 percent of the university's faculty lives in Hyde Park, as do many of its students and staff members. Together, these highly educated individuals bring significant buying power to neighborhood businesses and cultural institutions.

The South Side of Chicago was originally defined as all of the city south of the main branch of the Chicago River, but it now excludes the Loop.

The South Side boasts a broad array of cultural and social offerings, such as professional sports teams, landmark buildings, museums, educational institutions, medical institutions and major parts of Chicago's parks system.


Experience the thriving arts and cultural communities along Chicago’s Culture Coast. Artistic innovation is at the heart of these neighborhoods. From jazz great Herbie Hancock to Chicago Imagist painter Ed Paschke and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow, generations of visual artists, writers, musicians, performers and great thinkers have drawn inspiration here.

Click Here to learn about the Chicago's Culture Coast Network.