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WELCOME WHOLE FOODS TO HYDE PARK

Please refer to the following info or link below (to the Whole Foods web site) for an announcement of their opening day celebration. The Hyde Park Historical Society will get 1% of all sales on Wednesday- June 22nd as a donation from Whole Foods. The following HPHS Board Members Carol Bradford, Cleveland Holden, and Michal [...]

Hyde Park History Summer 2016 Newsletter

View Summer 2016 Newsletter PDF, or visit the Newsletters page to view back issues.

Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner 2016

The 2016 Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner includes: The 2016 Paul Cornell Award, The 2016 Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award, THe 2016 Jean F. Block Award, with Guest Speaker Jay Mulberry.

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 named Best of Hyde Park 2015

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.

New book on the history of the University of Chicago

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

History of Hyde Park by A.T. Andreas

This territory was the district bounded by Thirty ninth Street on the north by Grand Boulevard or South Park Avenue on the west by Lake Michigan on the east and by Eighty seventh Street [...]

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 Cornell, was the founder of Cornell University. Cornell saw the potential in the land along Lake Michigan south of the [...]

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 Mechanical Engineering student at the University of British Columbia. His paper was published at that time in The UBC Engineer [...]