Hyde Park

Hyde Park Chicago is a historic neighborhood on the city’s south side. Its boundaries are the lakeshore on the east, Washington (George) Park on the west, E Hyde Park Boulevard on the north, and Midway Plaisance Park on the south. Hyde Park is best known for being home to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, the University of Chicago. It’s also a bastion of green space, a great place for knowledge seekers who aren’t paying tuition, and has an enviable food scene. Time Out Magazine ranked it one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.

Hyde Park’s beautiful architecture includes a mix of the old — a Frank Lloyd Wright home and many of the university buildings among them — and the more contemporary. The residential architecture is a similar blend. Near the lakeshore, you’ll find more high-rise apartment buildings and condos, many with beautiful exteriors. Single family homes, townhomes, and row houses line blocks further inland and are often greystones or feature brick façades. There’s an appealing blend of new construction, mid-century, and turn-of-the-20th century architecture.

Read on for a deeper dive into what it’s like to live in Hyde Park Chicago.


Entertainment and Eating

Being situated near a university always keeps a neighborhood fresh, and historic Hyde Park certainly benefits from the college scene. 

The renowned Museum of Science and Industry pulls visitors from far and wide — plus, it’s a great place to take kids. The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center is a Smithsonian affiliate that welcomed a refresh over Juneteenth weekend in 2022. A handful of other art centers and museums dot the neighborhood map and will keep visitors and residents alike busy. And more is on its way: The Obama Presidential Center’s future home in Jackson Park is on the south edge of the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Shopping spots run the gamut from the beloved 57th Street Books to larger shopping centers and two farmers markets. Hyde Park dining destinations include university BYO institutions, chic New American spots, James-Beard-winning Southern cuisine, and casual Caribbean restaurants.

Furthermore, there is no shortage of fun annual events in Hyde Park. Two favorites: the 57th Street Art Fair and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.  

While Hyde Park isn’t far from the loop, its tree coverage and green spaces make it feel a world apart from an urban center. The parks that bound the neighborhood on three sides — Jackson (which extends north into Harold Washington Park), Midway Plaisance, and Washington — are all stunning. Promontory Point and the Japanese Garden (aka Osaka Garden or Garden of the Phoenix) are hot spots. But there are plenty of smaller parks and playgrounds sprinkled throughout the area, as well. After all, kids love a view, but they also love a swing and a slide. Easy access to playgrounds is a major boon for Hyde Park families!


A Bit of History

Hyde Park was first developed in 1853 and was connected to the heart of the city by train and cable car even in its earliest days. But the two biggest drivers of its growth were the creation of the University of Chicago and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Because Hyde Park was becoming a destination, hotels were built near the lakeshore in the first two decades of the 1900s. Many of these were later converted into apartment buildings. In the late 1950s, a controversial urban renewal program “transformed many older densely built-up areas of Hyde Park into a state of semisuburbia,” according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago. These efforts displaced residents at the time, but they also made room for the green spaces that Hyde Park residents enjoy today. 


Further Reading

If you’d like to learn more about Hyde Park, here are a few good places to start:

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