The following is an excerpt from the article “Best of Hyde Park & Kenwood 2015″ appearing in the South Side Weekly. We first encountered the Hyde Park Historical Society while wandering around the back end of the ComEd substation on 56th and Harper. It’s easy to miss the small structure nestled behind the Metra tracks across the street from Maravillas. The old railway station’s shingled roof slopes down toward arched windows surrounded by red-brick walls, giving way to a vintage wooden interior, where antique bookshelves, clocks, and various Hyde Park trinkets like street signs and portraits line the walls.
In the summer of 1996, Dean John W. Boyer began what he thought would be a small summer research project, never imagining that his efforts would span nearly two decades and result in a new book on the history of the University of Chicago. Read Full uchicago.edu article
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 Cornell, was the founder of Cornell University. Cornell saw the potential in the land along Lake Michigan south of the [...]
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 Mechanical Engineering student at the University of British Columbia. His paper was published at that time in The UBC Engineer [...]
Paul Cornell - Founder of Hyde Park 1822-1904 Born in 1822 of a distinguished New England family, Paul Cornell was a cousin of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University. He came to Chicago in 1847. A lawyer and entrepreneur, he became friendly with many of the leading citizens of the rising new [...]
This is but a short introduction to the precursors and environments that set into motion the events and circumstances that led to arguably the greatest World event to date. More detailed information can be accessed by reading about the stories of the people who took part in the politics and planning itself. International expositions can [...]
The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue on the South Side. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as [...]
Opening in 1926, the Shoreland hosted distinguished guests like Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and Al Capone, as well as the University’s own Milton Friedman (A.M. ’33) during its time as a hotel. It was an important entertainment spot in Hyde Park for many years, hosting many banquets, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. In 1976, the University [...]