Hyde Park is a diverse and dynamic community 7 miles south of Chicago’s downtown, anchored by UChicago and medical campuses. Originally established as a bucolic summer vacation spot along the shores of Lake Michigan, it has evolved into a thriving, productive neighborhood that boasts the city’s most eclectic mix of residents and architecture, which ranges from the neo-classical Museum of Science and Industry and the mix of Gothic and modern architecture housed in The University of Chicago’s spectacular campus to Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style Robie House. With over 15,000 students at UChicago and nearly 20,000 employees at the university and associated medical center, south Hyde Park has the feel of a sophisticated Ivy League Campus. But with over 40,000 permanent residents, it is also one of Chicago’s most racially mixed and economically diverse communities, with a rich musical and artistic heritage evident in its many museums, music venues, theaters and galleries.
Hyde Park features stunning views of the downtown skyline and easy access to Lake Michigan, Jackson Park, Washington Park and Midway Plaisance, as well as historic boulevards and lagoons designed for the 1893 World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition by Frederick Law Olmstead. 53rd Street functions as Hyde Park’s downtown with restaurants, entertainment, night life, and retail shops, while Lake Park Avenue is lined with grocery and retail stores and offers easy access to Metra train stations and CTA bus stops providing quick transportation downtown.