This Hyde Park and University of Chicago favorite has a great menu. We will sit at the Cafe outside (they also have a sit down restaurant that is two levels next door).
If you are interested in spending more time in this area following our event, you can see:
1) The Oriental Institute Museum - http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/
2) The Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright)- http://www.gowright.org/research/wright-robie-house.html
3) The Smart Museum http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/ or 4) the 57th Street Beach.
The Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago (free and open to the public as long as it's not being used for a wedding) is not to be missed.
Lastly, if you are driving, and if you are a history/Columbian Exposition fan, there is a beautiful surprise at the intersection of Hayes and Richards Drives .
Parking: Off street paybox is available; some free off street neighborhood parking.
Public Transportation: Due to the Red Line mess going on, public transportation is not as clear and easy as it could be. The 57th Street stop would have been the easiest, but now it's a bit more complicated. I got some great information from a fellow member, so see below. Metra is a 5-6 block walk. Bus #6 looks like it stop nearby- again will confirm this.
Bicycling is also an option albeit hearty bicycling.
Here is some additional tranportation information from a fellow member:
The Green Line, over which the Red Line is being routed temporarily, has a station to Garfield (55th St). It connects (across the wide median of Garfield Blvd eastbound toward Hyde Park, and in front of the station on the flip-flop westbound) with the #55 (Garfield) bus, which one would take to Kenwood Ave (or at least the closest stop thereto.. From there it's a two block walk south to 57th; Medici is between Kenwood and Kimbark on 57th.
The #6 (Jackson Park Express) bus stops northbound and southbound at 57th and Stony Island Ave., about 3/12 to 4 east-west blocks (half the length of north-south ones) to Medici. One could take the #6 to 55th and Hyde Park Blvd., then pick up the westbound #55 there to Kenwood and walk the two north-south blocks south to 57th.
METRA:There is a station at 57th, from which it's a walk of 5 east-west blocks west to Medici.
Bicycling is an option, albeit hearty cycling!
http://www.medici57.com/ (Main website) [masked]
BAKERY HOURS ONLY: M-Thur 7am- 11pm; Friday 7am-12midnite; Saturday 7am -12midnite; Sunday 8am -11pm
From their homepage:
The Medici, originally a gallery and coffee house, was located behind the Green Door bookshop in Hyde Park. Hans Morsbach bought it in 1962 for $1,750. While it remains one of the best coffee houses in the city, the Medici has long offered a full menu. Though it was not easy, and sometimes the odds were long, the Medici grew from humble beginnings to Hyde Park’s largest restaurant. The Medici staff and I are grateful for the loyalty and support of our customers who allowed us to become a success. The Medici is now located on 57th Street between Kimbark and Kenwood Avenues near the University of Chicago campus. We are a two building operation with the combined Bakery & Delicatessen located just east of the Restaurant. The Medici is BYOB and we encourage you to bring beer or wine to accompany your meal and we will provide the needed bottle opener or cork screw. Join us!