Hyde Park is one of Chicago's oldest and most illustrious neighborhoods. The University of Chicago is the most prominent resident, followed by America's 44th president.
Hyde Park locals enjoy the many advantages that come with living around one of the nation's most prestigious universities. Libraries, public lectures, concerts, and vast expanses of beautiful greenery, Hyde Park is also home to the famed "Midway Plaisance," which served as a staging ground for exotic entertainment during the World's Fair in 1893. There are also a variety of cafés, bars, bookstores,student hangouts, and variety of restaurants in or around the neighborhood.
Residents are never far from the lakefront path, the wide expanse of Jackson Park (with its public golf course, tennis courts, and Japanese sanctuary), and The Museum of Science and Industry.
Housing options are plentiful for students, professors, young professionals, and families. Many of the vintage high-rise apartment buildings closer to the lake offer larger units at affordable prices and come with outstanding views of the water. The residential streets are charming, lined with trees and feature stately single-family homes, three-flats, and low-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Many of the older homes have been converted into apartments for the student population, which swells every September.
The green line of the el runs along the west side of Washington Park, which is something of a hike for Hyde Park residents, so commuting to the Loop is not necessarily easy, though there are buses that travel to and from the Loop via Lake Shore Drive.