Our building is now open for walk ins! No pre-registration required.
Exhibition Hours & Admission
Our Exhibitions and building is now open to the public!
Exhibition viewing hours** are FREE and open to the public!
Hyde Park Art Center Exhibition Hour guidelines:
– Masks and social distancing are required at all times during your visit.
– We encourage visitors to follow the directional path in the galleries when possible.We ask visitors to avoid high touch surfaces as much as possible and to use hand sanitizer regularly.
– If you experience any Covid-19 related symptoms, we kindly ask that you stay at home and reschedule your visit.
All entrances and public areas at Hyde Park Art Center are wheelchair accessible. Parking is available outside our main entrance on Cornell Ave. 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.
Please note: Exhibition hours are for exhibition viewing only and do not include access to the studios or classrooms.
Hyde Park Art Center requires proof of vaccination or a negative covid test (taken within 72 hours) for any indoor events/programs in which we anticipate visitors being together in a space for 15 minutes or more, and outdoor events/programs that involve food/drink. Please see specific program descriptions for more details.
Masks are required to enter the building. We will require proof of vaccination and offer visitors an additional mask per CDC recommendations to wear two masks.
We offer hand sanitizer.
We ask anyone who is currently showing symptoms or has been around someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to please stay home.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Exhibition Hours
At the same time, the human connections, connection to community, and access to art-making, and the conversations and thinking that art can evoke, have been even more important. So, while we worked from home, we launched an online school for nearly 1000 artists of all ages and levels (tuition-free), created an Artist Resiliency Fund, and launched a special edition of Not Just Another Pretty Face.
We have also continued to hear from students and artists how having access to the physical space and equipment, and being able to bring the work they’ve worked so hard on to fruition is something that cannot always be replicated at home. As the state has provided more guidance about spaces like ours reopening, we have continued to err on the side of caution and safety of our staff and community members.
We appreciate everyone’s patience, and are pleased that we will begin reopening via limited exhibition hours for members of the public, and expand our hybrid and on-site studio programs in a way that prioritizes the safety and capacity of our staff, teaching artists, and students.
There is a lot more work that needs to be done, and we hope to continue to support your voices and conversations by opening our doors and opening our minds. We hope you can enjoy our space as we re-enter the world together, safely.
Our Exhibitions and building will be open starting February 22, 2021
Session 2 12:30-2
Session 3 3:30-5
Session 1 12:30-2
Session 2: 3:30-5
Session 3: 6:30-8
Session 1: 10-11:30
Session 2: 12:30-2
Session 3: 3:30-5
Session 2: 1pm-2:30
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.
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.
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.
In need of a pick-me-up? Bridgeport Coffeehouse is located inside Hyde Park Art Center.
Located at the south end of the Art Center, the Bridgeport Coffeehouse offers a wide menu of pastries, sandwiches, and beverages to make your visit to the Art Center more delicious.
Bridgeport Coffeehouse Hours: