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Hyde Park
Cook County, Illinois

60615, 60637

Page Contents for Hyde Park, Illinois

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History & History-related items

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Chamber of Commerce.

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Statistics & Facts

The Illinois state capital is Springfield.
The population of Hyde Park is approximately 40,000 (1998).
Hyde Park is positioned 41.80 degrees north of the equator and 87.58 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hyde Park median income is $ 62,504 .


in the greater Chicago Area. We are near the major highways into the city and are serviced by the Illinois Central commuter train line [10 minutes to the heart of Chicago's loop] with 3 community stops. There are several city bus routes also.
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History & History Related Items

The village of Hyde Park was quite extensive in size when annexed to the City 100+ years ago. The actual area of the present Hyde Park -Kenwood Community stretches from Lake Michigan to Cottage Grove from 59th street to 47th - A relatively small area. Those boundaries encompass south Kenwood, as Hyde Park actually stops at Hyde Park Blvd [51st street]. Therefore, the area is often known as Hyde Park/Kenwood. South Kenwood has many mansions---i.e., former home of the Rosenwalds, the Sears store, and, unhappily, Leopold & Loeb of Compulsion fame. Hyde Park was the home of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor.

We are home to the University of Chicago, established in 1892. This university has more Nobel Prize winners than any other University. We are also home to the Museum of Science and Industry which has more visitors in a year than any other museum. We have a flourishing Cooperative grocery store, now three stores in the area, as well as a coop bookstore--now 2 stores.

Our community is very diverse, ethnically, economically. Politically, it is a predominately liberal community. At one point, our Alderman was the only independent Alderman on the city council. We currently are in 2 wards --the 4th and 5th. The Alderman represent other communities as well. Our neighbors to the south [Woodlawn] and to the north [Kenwood] are undergoing development, new housing, after having no investment for some time. Hyde Park is locked on two sides with a major park, from the Burnham plan on the west and the lake on the east. Reinvestment to the north and south of us is welcome.

Robie house [1907] by Frank Lloyd Wright is here, as is another Wright home. We are also the site of the first self-sustained nuclear reaction. A Henry Moore sculpture marks the place.

The first Ferris wheel in 1892 was put on the midway. A portion of the midway is now in the process of becoming a permanent host to a major open air ice rink. The world's fair was in Hyde Park. That is how the midway came to be in the area and also the museum of science and industry. Julius Rosenwald was also instrumental in the obtaining of these places for the Hyde Park area.

We have a community art center that is just in the process of celebrating its 60th year. We also have the oldest juried art fair in the midwest, if not a wider area. The art fair has published a book and done a video on its history.
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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
See this informative site about Hyde Park with a virtual town hall covering community resources and issues of all kinds.
This year the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference is celebrating 50 years in partnership with the community.

Hyde Park has 40,000 residents - 8,000 students attending the University of Chicago live in Hyde Park. 11,200 employees of the U of C live or work in Hyde Park. Residents of Hyde Park have a Chicago mailing address.

Hyde Park Bird Watching

Learn all about Hyde Park - Kenwood at this site. It covers business, education, housing, culture, health, and more.

The Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-684-1414

The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637-1495
Phone: (773)-947-0600

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-0200

The Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-9521

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-8670

The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago
Send E-mail to Dean Boden (

The Hyde Park Parakeets
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Hyde Park City Government

Hyde Park Government
Use the email on this page to correspond directly with the government leaders for Hyde Park.

Hyde Park Chamber

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
5211-D South Harper Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 288-0124
Fax: (773) 288-0464

Hyde Park Organizations

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
5211-D South Harper Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 288-0124
Fax: (773) 288-0464

Hyde Park Schools

An Education page for Hyde Park and Kenwood with a good list of all schools in the area

The University of Chicago
5801 South Ellis
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1234

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