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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to Hyde Park / Kenwood

Founded in the early 1850s, the culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Kenwood are home to activists, artists, politicians and scholars. From innovative Modernist landmarks to their many bucolic green spaces, Hyde Park and Kenwood are neighborhoods studded with remarkable architecture. In 1853, Hyde Park Township was established as a modest commuter suburb with frequent train service to downtown. The location was enviable, just miles from the Loop, and encompassing two of the city’s largest parks: Jackson and Washington. In 1889, Kenwood was annexed from Hyde Park Township and designated one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. Shortly after the annexation of Kenwood, the 1893 World’s Fair and the establishment of the University of Chicago triggered a wave of development. Fearful of gentrification and housing insecurity, community groups worked to stabilize the area and preserve Hyde Park and Kenwood's identities as vibrant and unique neighborhoods. Today, both neighborhoods are undergoing rapid change linked to significant new commercial development.

Trails and Experiences in Hyde Park / Kenwood

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

Explore Like a Local

Make time to visit these businesses, green spaces, works of public art and more in Hyde Park / Kenwood.

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