Where Fun Comes To Die. UChicago is on the South Side of Chicago in Hyde Park. Hyde Park itself is very nice and fairly crime free. However, surrounding neighborhoods such as Washington Park are among the worst in Chicago so they just need to be avioded. However, I think raters forget that Chicago provides many opportunites. I heard it, I saw it on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and now I live it. It's Sunday at 6am and the library is full. I learned more than I ever thought possible, but I also have no time for friends or family. Only come here if you are very serious. Whoever leaves without at least being considered for a Nobel Prize loses.