Sunday drive to Hyde Park
I don’t know how often we’ll actually do it, but we had the first installment of what I hope will be many “Sunday drives” this past weekend.
The origin of the Sunday Drive was supposedly in the 20’s or 30’s when people would hop in their car simply for pleasure. I remember my Grandfather telling me about taking his family for Sunday Drives over the I-90 Skyway near their house, just to be able to see the city in the distance. They would simply go back and forth, back and forth over the bridge.
Our first Sunday drive was a hybrid drive/destination adventure, but enjoyable nonetheless. We first took Lake Shore Drive down to the Loop where we had some excellent vegetarian fare at Native Foods Cafe near Clark and Jackson. Then we got back in the car and headed south. In particular we had heard about a couple independent bookstores in Hyde Park we wanted to check out on 57th St., but it had also been years since I had walked around the University of Chicago, so we decided to at least visit the main quad, despite the bitterly cold weather.
We only ended up visiting one of the two bookstores, but it was fantastic.
57th Street Books is the kind of bookstore you can comfortably spend a few hours in. Their fiction selection reminded me of Kramer’s in Washington DC, but more expansive. After just finishing Richard Yates’ Young Hearts Crying, I was in the mood for something a little lighter, so I went with The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Margot didn’t walk away empty handed either, with two new books to add to her collection.
After the bookstore we stopped by a quaint, wonderful smelling bakery called Medici’s for coffee and hot chocolate, then it was time for a stroll of a few blocks of Hyde Park brownstones and the U. Chicago campus.
The wind was starting to bite and Margot and Cristin’s cheeks were cold to the touch, so we decided to call it a day and take the drive back north.
No more than 5 minutes had passed when the chatter stopped from the back seat and the slow, steady breathing of a baby fast asleep began.
Sunday Drive #1 was in the books.