215 Dixie Way South
South Bend, IN 46637
Phone: (574) 277-3211
Fax: (574) 277-3860
215 Dixie Way South, South Bend, IN, US, 46637
- Phone: (574) 277-3211
- Fax: (574) 277-3860
With 198 acres, this park occupies the turn in Lake Michigan where Illinois meets Indiana. The border between the states is marked with a monument. In addition to a beach, the park offers major league-size baseball fields, Little League and softball fields, soccer fields, football fields, tennis courts, horse-shoe pits and a jogging track. The field house comprises a wood-shop and upholstery with gymnastics, basketball and soccer facilities and the Lakeshore Model Railroad.
Jackson Park Beach located across the street from the Museum of Science and Industry, is one of the headquarters for Hyde Park swimmers and sunbathers. It provides the best of nature, a vast lake and fine sand, with the best of facilities. A modern field house is complete with clean restrooms and a concession stand. Use the pedestrian bridge rather than attempting to dodge the traffic.
Built at the turn of the century as a private country club, the doors are now open to all who enjoy arts, educational and leisure activities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the stately structure is bordered by terra-cotta towers and well-groomed landscaping. The interior is no less impressive with posh furniture, antiques, grand ballrooms and a relaxing solarium. A variety of cultural programs, professional performances and exhibits occur throughout the year.
Known as Wooded Island, this unfettered area in Jackson Park is home to wild and rare animals and plants. Very secluded and peaceful, this is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come here for a leisurely stroll or picnic. Bird watching tours are available between March and December.
Hikers will enjoy Bobolink Meadow tucked away in the sprawling Jackson Park. Located east of Wooded Island and accessible by foot only, visitors enter a peaceful domain far removed from the hub-bub surrounding it. You can join the occasional nature tour, or just relax and enjoy the wild plant and animal life.
This museum makes science fun with interactive, educational exhibits that stretch the imagination. Spend time in a 16-foot (4.8-meter) heart as you learn about how yours works. Find out how technology has influenced history by stepping back in time on "Yesterday's Main Street." Watch action-packed films in the museum's giant-screen Omnimax Theatre or take a ride down a coal mine. And don't leave without picking up some great souvenirs at The Big Idea museum shop. Omnimax requires additional fee. Parking available in underground garage.
Starting behind the Museum of Science and Industry, Jackson Park contains acres and acres of re-created forest and lush greens. Be sure to stroll through the wooded island and stop at the Japanese pavilion, a re-creation of the one that stood at that very spot during the 1893 Columbian exposition. Along with the museum, the Wooded Island is one of the last remaining vestiges of that fabled fair. Well worth a visit after a trip to the museum, but be careful, the neighborhoods nearby can be shady after dark.
The Rockefeller Chapel was, indeed, named after the famous tycoon, and is the tallest building on the University of Chicago campus. With a Guastavino-tile ceiling, massive organ pipe and carved oak seating, the atmosphere is perfect for the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony or a production of Handel's Messiah, which the University of Chicago Motet Choir has performed annually for more than 50 years. Weddings are also performed.
Midway Plaisance is an 80-acre strip which connected the Jackson and Washington Park exhibits during the Columbian World Exhibition of 1893. It was the first self-contained entertainment district in the city; it was so successful that to this day entertainment areas at fairs are known as "midways." Today, most buildings are used for education. The grounds are used for intramural sports, such as football, Ultimate Frisbee and softball. Points of interest include the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Thousands of notable figures are interred at Oak Woods Cemetery, including 6,000 Confederate prisoners of war who died of disease at Chicago's Camp Douglas and the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington. The soldiers were buried in 1867, and a 40-foot high bronze sculpture of a solider tops Confederate Mount. A fabulous sculpture of Abraham Lincoln gazes out over the Lincoln Green, fashioned by Charles J. Mulligan and cast in bronze in 1905.
K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple is a Byzantine-inspired building that houses the oldest Jewish congregation in Chicago, one that moved seven times before settling in this Hyde Park neighborhood. The building looks somewhat out of place in Chicago, as many associate Chicago Jews with Russian immigrants and European style churches. This temple reflects the religion's Middle Eastern roots, however. Inside, an impressive 80-foot high dome crowns the auditorium. This structure looks majestically down upon the beautifully crafted Italian ark, which contains the temple's Torah.
The University of Chicago has done it all, from the birth of the atomic bomb to the first living-donor living transplant to the birth of sociological study. On a lighter note, Chicago's famous Second City comedy group was conceived at the UOC, and the nation's first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, ran the pigskin here. Former home of Enrico Fermi, Albert Einstein, Milton Friedman and Saul Bellow, the UOC is rightfully proud that more Nobel laureates have studied or taught here than at any other university. The school was founded by the lake front in 1891 and houses a richly detailed, Gothic style campus. Take in one of many concert programs or events on campus, or take a stroll through scenic Hyde Park, the beautiful old neighborhood that engulfs the university.