Plan Your Visit

The Hyde Park Art Center celebrates it's 75th anniversary with the 75th Anniversary BBQ Block Party Bash on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (Photo by Joel Wintermantle)

Hours & Admission

Hyde Park Art Center is free and open to the public.

Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm

Friday, 10am – 4:30pm 

Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Please check our Events page for Holiday closings and special events. For more information email or call 773.324.5520.


Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Since we’re in the middle of a busy area, we suggest taking a look at our transit information & tips, especially if this is your first visit.


If you are driving, you will want to plan ahead. While we have a parking lot, it can fill up, so here are some words of advice:

Arrive early, you will have a better chance to find a parking space.

If the lot is full, you can park on the street anywhere around the Art Center; however it can take up to 10-15 minutes to find a spot (especially around 6pm when people are returning home from work).

If you have a tough time parking directly around the Art Center, we suggest proceeding one block west of the Art Center, to Lake Park Blvd.

Harper Court is located at 53rd and Lake Park, and has paid parking.

Public Transit

There are several options for CTA and Metra:

CTA bus options are #6 and #28, both of which stop on 51st next to the Art Center The #6 bus runs down State Street in the Loop (accessible from the red line, or a block from the brown/purple/pink lines).

Metra’s “Metra Electric” line starts downtown and stops at the “51st/53rd” stop, right next to the Art Center. When exiting the train, proceed north to the 51st street exit, which exits just across the southern side of the Art Center.


All entrances and public areas at Hyde Park Art Center are wheelchair accessible. Parking is available outside our main entrance on Cornell Ave.

Elevators are located through the main entrance doors providing additional access to the 2nd floor gallery, offices, and studios.

Accommodations and individual instruction for classes are available. For more information, comments, and questions about accessibility at the Art Center please call 773.324.5520 or e-mail us.

Plan A Tour

To book a group visit to explore current exhibits, studio visits, and art workshops. Please email:

Space Rentals

Hosting an event for 50 or fewer people? We have space for public for events. For more information, please email:

In need of a pick-me-up? Almendro Cafe is located inside Hyde Park Art Center.

Located at the south end of the Art Center, Almendro Cafe offers a wide menu of pastries, sandwiches, and beverages to make your visit to the Art Center more delicious.

Almendro Cafe Hours:

Mon–Fri 7am – 6pm

Sat 8am – 5pm

Sun 8am – 3pm

For more information about Almendro Cafe, visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hyde Park Art Center?

We are a nonprofit visual arts organization founded in 1939 dedicated to advancing the quality, equity, and engagement with contemporary visual art in Chicago through education, exhibitions, residency, and events.

What is offered onsite?

We have education programs that offer over 400 studio art classes year round for all ages in our Oakman Clinton School, provide arts education outreach to Chicago area schools, and professional development programs for mid-career and emerging artists. Our 6 galleries showcase groundbreaking Chicago based artists and exciting established national and international artists year round while providing space for community events and conversation. Our Residency program provides space for artists from Chicago and around the globe to experiment and develop new work.

How do I get to the Art Center?

If you are taking public transit, you can hop on the CTA #6 Jackson Park Express bus to East Hyde Park Boulevard and Cornell Avenue, then walk half a block north to 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Alternately, you can take the #15 Jeffrey or #28 Stony Island bus (#2 Hyde Park Express during Rush Hour) to East Hyde Park Boulevard and Lake Park Avenue, then walk one block east and half a block north to 5020 S. Cornell Ave. For detailed maps and schedules, visit the CTA’s website at

Where can I park?

The Art Center’s lot offers limited parking on a first-come, first-served basis. The only lot controlled by the Art Center is directly north of the building. Parking in any other lot may result in towing, and the Art Center is not responsible for cars parked in any other lot. Paid parking (cash only) is available at Harper Court (garage access off of S. Lake Park Ave.). To get to the Harper Court parking garage from the Art Center, drive north on S. Cornell Ave. toward E. 50th Place, turn right onto E. 50th Place, turn right onto S. East End Ave., turn right onto E. Hyde Park Blvd., and turn left onto S. Lake Park Ave. See map with directions here.

Is there an entrance fee?

We are proud to be free and open to the public seven days a week!

Do you have any job or intern openings?

You can find information about job and internship opportunities here.

Can I rent the Art Center for events?

Hosting an event for 50 or fewer people? We offer our community conference room, Muller Meeting Room, to the public for events. To reserve a date and time and learn about rates and restrictions, download this rental agreement form  (PDF), fill it out completely, and return it along with your deposit according to the instructions on the form. Please give us a call at 773.324.5520 to check date availability.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to rent out our entire building for a private party or event, since our galleries are often filled with delicate artwork. We also do not rent out for exhibitions, showcases or other events that display art.

If you have any questions or special requests, please contact our Front Desk Coordinator, Rosé Hernandez at

How can I purchase artwork in the galleries?

In many cases, the artwork on view in exhibitions is available for purchase. There is a price list of artwork for sale on the right-hand side of the front desk in the reception area.

How can I show my work at HPAC?

The Art Center manages an Open Submissions Program inviting submissions of artists’ work and curatorial proposals for group exhibitions on a rolling basis. Submissions are reviewed annually by the Exhibitions Committee, which consists of artists and art professionals, as well as the Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director.

We are taking a moment to reassess our Open Submission Program guidelines and are unable to accept submissions at this time. 

Do you take donations for art supplies?

We accept donations of art supplies on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the School & Studio Coordinator, Sarita Garcia, if you would like to arrange a donation as we will not accept anything that has not been approved beforehand.

Do you have Financial Aid?

With the goal of making our programs accessible, Hyde Park Art Center offers a limited amount of financial aid for Youth and Adult Programs and Classes.

Please visit click here for more information.

Are there open work spaces for the public?

The D’Angelo Library is always open to the public and MMR is open for public use when no meetings or events are taking place. 

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