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)

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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.

Hours & Admission

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

Monday – Thursday, 10am to 7pm

Friday  10 – 4:30 

Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Sunday, 10 – 1:30pm

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

Plan A Tour

Book a group visit to explore current exhibits, studio visits, and art workshops.

Space Rentals

Hosting an event for 50 or fewer people? We have space for public for events.

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:

Mon–Fri 6am – 8pm

Sat 7am – 8pm

Sun 7am – 8pm

For more information about Bridgeport Coffee, 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’re interested in hosting a birthday party (adult or children) at the Art Center, we’re delighted to accommodate up to fifteen people and provide fun, hands-on art making activities to keep ages 4 and up happy and busy!

Download our birthday party reservation form (PDF) for more information about rates and restrictions.

If you have any questions or special requests, please contact our Finance and Operations Manager, Eileen Truong, 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 do I get my own exhibition?

The Art Center welcomes submissions of artists’ work and curatorial proposals for group exhibitions. Submissions are reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee, which consists of artists and art professionals, as well as the Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director quarterly.

Each year, the Art Center unveils 20 exhibitions, presenting at least one of each of the following:

  • a solo show of an ambitious new project by an emerging Chicago artist,
  • a new project undertaken by one of our resident artists
  • an exhibition from an emerging Chicago curator whose work transgresses or questions traditional curatorial conventions
  • work curated by a Chicago artist experimenting with curating as a means of informing their artwork but NOT including their own work in their curated show
  • new work that is conceptually distinctive or unique in use of materials by Chicago artists who are in an experimental stage of their practice
  • an exhibition showcasing work by the Art Center’s own teaching artist faculty exploring a new concept, and/or by established artists who have discovered new techniques in our studio art classes
  • work by established, midcareer Chicago artists on the verge of breaking through to the next level of their careers
  • group shows highlighting new artists who have come up through our Education programs, like The Center Program and Art Shop; and
  • submissions that fulfill one of the above criteria.

Please keep in mind that the Art Center plans its exhibitions program three seasons in advance. Click here to submit your proposal.

Please submit by June 1 for Summer Review; November 15th for Fall Review; for Winter Review; for Spring Review. Due to a high volume of submissions and limited staff, all proposals must be submitted online. Incomplete proposals or proposals for work that falls outside our stated focus areas will not be considered.

Can you tell me how much my work is worth?

Unfortunately, we are not art appraisers. Commercial galleries tend to set the prices of contemporary artworks, so your best bet is to do a web search to discover which Chicago galleries sell work like yours, and to approach them directly about appraising your artwork.

Do you sell art supplies?

We do not sell art supplies, but many of our classes include all supplies needed.

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 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.

Hyde Park Art Center offers need-based financial aid to qualified students and families. Financial aid is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Full Tuition Awards: HPAC offers 3 full tuition awards each term (does not apply to Creativity Camps).
o To be considered for a full tuition award, applications must be submitted by the early registration deadline (see Course catalog for date).
o Award decisions will be based on 1) financial need and 2) thoughtfulness of responses.
o Recipients have 1 week from the award date to register; otherwise, the award is forfeited. Applicants who have forfeited their award are not eligible for aid until the following term.
o Recipients must not miss more than 2 classes for a 10 week course or 1 class for a 5 week course. Failure to attend will result in ineligibility for financial aid for 4 terms.
o Applicants may receive only 1 full tuition award per year.
o Applicants not chosen for a full tuition award may be eligible for a half tuition award.

Half-tuition awards: A limited number of half-tuition awards will be available each term, including Creativity Camps.
o Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as funds allow.
o Award is applicable only to the courses/programs listed on the application for that quarter. A new application must be submitted for additional courses.
o Award decisions will be based on financial need.
o Recipients have 1 week from the award date to register; otherwise, the award is forfeited. Applicants who have forfeited their award may not apply again until the following term.
o Students who wish to renew aid must reapply each term.

To apply, complete the form below in full. Alternatively, forms can be returned to Eileen Truong, Finance & Operations Manager, at the front desk or by e-mail at etruong@hydeparkart. Applications must be received by the early registration deadline to be considered for a full-tuition award. Each student requesting aid must submit a separate form. Financial aid recipients must reapply each session for continued assistance and must complete the entire 10-week session to be eligible for future awards.

For more information about art courses, financial aid, and registration discounts please contact our Finance & Operations Manager, Eileen Truong at or 773-324-5520 x1016.

What kind of art classes do you have?

We focus on visual arts, and as such, we do not offer music classes, and it is rare that we present musical or other performing arts programming. It does happen on occasion when one of our exhibiting, visiting, or resident artists works across disciplines and is interested in presenting work or collaborating with another artist who works in sound or music.

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. 

Do you have a printer/computer we can use?

We do not have a public printer. If you need to print something, we recommend Blackstone Library at 49th & Blackstone.

Do you have wifi?

Unfortunately, while we do not have public wifi, Bridgeport Coffee next door offers wifi.