Hyde park, Chicago
Hyde Park is an area south of the downtown loop. It has the distinction of being Chicago's first suburb and the most racially diverse of the city. Here you will find the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, several other smaller museums, a pretty park and a promenade along Lake Michigan.
This is a great area for a daytrip and for visiting the Museum of Science, the University Campus or for just walking along the tree-lined neighborhood sidewalks, admiring the architecture. Because Hyde Park is so diverse, there are also a number of ethnic restaurants in the area.
Located just north of Hyde Park, Kenwood was developed between the late 1850s as a residential suburb and was annexed by Chicago in 1889. The Kenwood Historic District is loaded with imposing mansions, many built in the latter half of the 19th century.
Noteable homes and residents have included Muhammad Ali, who lived at 4944 Woodlawn. The Isidore Heller House at 5132 Woodlawn was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1897. At 4855 Woodlawn is the Elijah Muhammad house, once home to the controversial, adulterer who founded the Nation of Islam.
Favorite thing: Hyde Park is Chicago’s intellectual capital, anchored by the University of Chicago. The popular Museum of Science and Industry is the big draw (and a surviving rememnant of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition), there are plenty of better things to do around here including Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece the Robie House and the amazing Fountain of Time statue on the southeast corner of Washington Park. The best way to reach Hyde Park is by Metra or South Shore train.