• The History of Hyde Park

    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 [...]

  • Ferris Wheel in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

    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 [...]

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Designed to Dazzle & Delight: Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park with historian Julia Bachrach

Statue of the Republic, Jackson Park (photo by Julia Bachrach) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH • 4:30PM-5:45PM Renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was unimpressed when he first laid eyes on what would become Chicago’s South [...]

From Swamps to Parks: Building Chicago’s Public Spaces

The Museum of Science and Industry was built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Columbian Exposition. This photograph documents the building’s construction, circa 1892. Photograph by C.D. Arnold. Chicago Public Library, C.D. Arnold [...]

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 [...]

Historic Buildings

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.

Robie House

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 [...]

Hyde Park Homes

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History of Hyde Park by A.T. Andreas

May 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

Lincoln’s Hyde Park

May 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Lincoln’s Hyde Park   By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS Designed by one of the city’s first practicing architects, Gurdon P. Randall, the Hyde Park House was built at Oak (53rd) Street on the shore of Lake Michigan in 1859. The hotel was the center of the community’s social life where, in just a short stroll from the train station, one could find a dining room that offered fine delicacies and an elegant parlor with a wide view of the lake. The property was improved with a landing pier for excursion [...]

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Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, January 18, 2021

Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, January 18, 2021 7:30pm Via Zoom Richard Courage and Christopher Robert Reed: Black History and Arts in Chicago All are welcome! Hyde Park Historical Society [...]

Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, February 15, 2021

 Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, February 15, 2021 7:30pm Via Zoom Bette Howland (1937-2017): W-3 In 1968 Bette Howland, a divorced, single mother of 2 boys and a struggling author [...]

From Swamps to Parks: Building Chicago’s Public Spaces

The Museum of Science and Industry was built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Columbian Exposition. This photograph documents the building’s construction, circa 1892. Photograph by C.D. [...]

Hyde Park Book Club Presents Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater with author Mark Larson

The Hyde Park Book Club Presents:Chicago Artists Colonies with Author Keith M. Stolte August 17, 2020