|The "Memoirs A-Z" book case at Powell's - |
if you read this blog regularly, you know
I'm partial to memoirs, so it will come
as no surprise that this is one of my
O'Gara & Wilson Ltd., 1448 E. 57th Street. The same is true for O’Gara’s, another great and venerable used book store, Chicago's oldest, in fact. It has a more antiquarian feel to it, and is almost across the street from Powell’s (half a block farther west).
|Outside the Oriental Institute on a |
If you've made it to the Seminary Co-op, you're right on campus, with a view of the quads, the main square of campus with its neo-Gothic and ivy-laden buildings. The Oriental Institute, an unbelievable gem of a museum (it's free, too!) with archaeological artifacts from the Ancient Middle East (a 5,000-year-old mummy is a favorite with tourists) is right across the street from the Seminary Co-op. As the University of Chicago is one of the world's leading institutions conducting archaeological research, this museum is constantly showing new artifacts and sharing new insights into ancient civilizations.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House is one block east of the Seminary Co-op, at the corner of 58th Street and Woodlawn. At the very least, walk by. This corner also affords you a great view of Rockefeller Chapel, where the University of Chicago commencements are held.
Check thisHyde Park map; it shows all the bookstores and local landmarks. As you can see, it's all rather close together, in big city terms at least.