• There’s Art in Them Thar Revetments! Zoom Talk with William Swislow on June 27, 2020

    There’s Art in Them Thar Revetments! Zoom Talk with William Swislow on June 27, 2020

    One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

  • Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

    Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

    Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, August 17, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Keith Stolte, author of: Chicago Artist Colonies With Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy All are welcome! Hyde Park Historical Society [...]

  • Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, September 21, 2020 via Zoom

    Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, September 21, 2020 via Zoom

    Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Mark Larson, author of: Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater All are welcome! Hyde Park Historical Society Chicago Hyde Park Village [...]

  • *RESCHEDULED VIA ZOOM Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

    *RESCHEDULED VIA ZOOM Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

    *RESCHEDULED VIA ZOOM Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, July 20, 2020 7:30pm Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author of: The World is Always Coming to an End Pulling together and apart in a Chicago neighborhood All are welcome! [...]

Hyde Park Historical Society Community Archiving of COVID-19


COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a worldwide pandemic that has had wide reaching impacts on every member of our community.

The Hyde Park Historical Society wants to hear from you about how you, your family, and our community are being affected. Please tell us your story so we can add your voice to the history of our community. While the Historical Society is focused on the Hyde Park Township area, we value responses from anyone who would like to participate.

Please fill out the form at COVID-19 Hyde Park Archive to share your story with us.

If you would like to share photographs or a video, or both, please email them to hphscovid@gmail.com.

If you would like to submit a diary or journal of your experience, please email it to hphscovid@gmail.com or mail it to the HPHS Headquarters.

Any physical ephemera can be mailed to the Hyde Park Historical Society’s Headquarters at 5529 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. Anything received will not returned to the sender and will become property of the Historical Society.

We at the Hyde Park Historical Society hope to be able to share selected stories with the community on an ongoing basis.

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Upcoming Events

Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, August 17, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Keith Stolte, [...]

Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, September 21, 2020 via Zoom

Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Mark Larson, [...]

*RESCHEDULED VIA ZOOM Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

*RESCHEDULED VIA ZOOM Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, July 20, 2020 7:30pm Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author [...]

Recent Events

There’s Art in Them Thar Revetments! Zoom Talk with William Swislow on June 27, 2020

One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

The University of Chicago Library -Virtual Library Lecture

Virtual Library Lecture: Exploring the University of Chicago's History through the Library's Map Collection Exploring [...]

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Hyde Park History

Hyde Park Center:

The section of Hyde Park between 53rd and 55th Streets, and between Harper and Woodlawn Avenue, is the oldest part of our neighborhood. It is also the most modest, the most urban [...]

Hyde Park Historical Society Headquarters

Hyde Park Historical Society is housed in a building which originally was a waiting room for cable car personnel.

The History of Hyde Park

The history of Hyde Park begins with the arrival in Chicago of a young lawyer, Paul Cornell. He was descended from a family which first arrived in the “New World” in 1638. His cousin, Ezra [...]

Ferris Wheel in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The Society is delighted to present this wonderful description of the Life and Death of Chicago's great Ferris Wheel of 1893. It was written by Patrick Meehan in 1964 while he was a 4th year [...]

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