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The Old Meets the New in Hyde Park
Located on the south side of Chicago and the shore of Lake Michigan, Hyde Park is bordered by 41st Street/Hyde Park Boulevard to the north, the Midway Plaisance to the south, and Washington park to the west. While the neighborhood is a mere 3-square miles, there is much to see and do for singles, couples, and young families. And of course, for home buyers, Hyde Park offers downright spectacular houses for sale in Chicago.
Hyde Park is synonymous with higher education and learning. No wonder Hyde Park’s own University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, is associated with 89 Nobel Laureates. Of course, prominence and innovation aren’t all Hyde Park offers to the prospective home buyer.
Stunning Architecture and Houses for Sale in Chicago
The setting for the World's Columbian Exposition, otherwise known as the “World’s Fair of 1893,” combined with the University of Chicago put Hyde Park on the map. These two additions to the neighborhood are considered as the primary events that stimulated Hyde Park’s booming economic growth.
Although most of the incredible World’s Fair was built to last just for the duration of the fair, the Palace of Fine Arts remains. Located in Jackson Park, the Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Charles B. Atwood (who also designed other Chicago notables, including the Marshall Field and Company Building). The Palace of Fine Arts was constructed with a brick, unusual at the time for Chicago constructions.
While the Palace of Fine Arts is worth the visit in and of itself, the Museum of Science and Industry, which the Palace now houses, is a must. The museum includes a full-size replica coal mine and a German submarine U-505 that was captured during World War II, among other modern amazements.
Simply strolling the tree-lined streets will yield many more architectural wonders, including neo-Gothic architecture to Queen Annes – and of course, there’s the well-known Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Not a bad neighborhood to explore homes for sale in Chicago, huh? We can dream, right!
A Hyde Park Gem: Jackson Park
Outfitted with lagoons and gardens, the 500-acre Jackson Park is a monument in and of itself. Located on the southeastern corner of Hyde Park and the original site of the World’s Fair in 1893, Jackson Park provides much diversion. There is plenty to inspire awe and wonderment in the natural world, from woodland trails, a wooded island, and a Japanese tea garden. There are also plenty of playing fields, a golf course, a beach, and even a boat harbor to convince you to stay and rest (or exercise) awhile. The population of local beavers and over two dozen species of birds have!
Adjacent to Jackson Park is the Midway Plaisance - a long, narrow connector between Jackson Park and Washington Park, which is located to the west of Hyde Park. For football fans, this is where the Bears used to practice – hence the nickname “Monsters of the Midway.”
It's not Just About the University Here…
In addition to the University of Chicago, Hyde Park has over a dozen public and private schools from preschool through high school. The top nods for elementary school include William H. Ray Elementary, in the center of Hyde Park. William H. Ray was recently given accolades by the Illinois State Board of Education as a "model school."
Families with very young children may enjoy the Parent Cooperative for Early Learning – a preschool that encourages learning through play.
Because Hyde Park’s demographics are so unique, with a population that is 46.8% White, 29.9% African American, 12.1% Asian American, 7.0% Hispanic, and 4.2% of other races or of more than one race, the neighborhood is not only ethnically diverse, but well-integrated. Ensuring people of all ages, races, and colors are welcome within this community is a top priority among schools and community leaders.