Exploring the Chicago Southside

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If you are visiting Chicago, you will find plenty of places to explore especially on the Southside. Even if you are already a long-time resident, you may not have visited some of these places. Now is a great time to get to know the Southside and see what it has to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the renowned locations found in the Chicago Southside.

The Robie House

The Robie House, which is located on the campus of the University of Chicago, is a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was finished in 1910. Having been distinguished as among the most significant architectural works in the 20th Century by the American Institute of Architects, this is truly a sight to behold.

The structure is an amazing example of Wright’s interpretation of the Prairie style which is inspired by the unique flat landscape of the Midwest. The Robie House was the home of Frederick C. Robie. It is now a National Historic Landmark in the US.

Guided tours are offered for those who want to experience the brilliance of this renowned architect. There are many features of the house that will fascinate you, from its roof, to its doors, and to the signature-style stained glass windows. If you are an architecture student, you will surely love this Chicago Southside home by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Obama Kissing Rock

In Hyde Park in the Chicago Southside, just at the intersection of South Dorchester and 53rd Street, you will see the Obama Kissing Rock. There is even a plaque on the rock commemorating the location where the first kiss was shared between President Obama and Michelle Robinson.

The event was in 1989 and there was still a Baskin-Robbins on the said site. That was were the couple went for their first date to get some ice cream. The plaque was then placed on 2012 to commemorate the event between the lives of this famous couple.

Valois Comfort Food

Valois was first opened in 1921 and have been serving spaghetti, steak, baked chicken, and other hearty food to locals and travelers alike. Having stayed in business all these years, you can say that there really is something special and wonderful about the food that Valois offers and it is something you ought to try at least once when you visit the Southside.

Valois is also President Obama’s favorite restaurant while he was living in Chicago. He even ate there before giving his farewell speech in 2017. The place does not only offer great comfort food, it is also quite historic, having stayed in service for a century.

Wrapping It Up

These are just among the many places that you can visit while in Chicago. You will get to know more about the history and character of the Southside by visiting these places. Tag your family or friends along so that you can have a great time together. After going to the historic places, enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Southside’s famous restaurants.