• 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 [...]

Featured Posts of The Month

What Is Going On Here?

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

You may have noticed that our historic cable car building is boarded up. This is a good thing. We have entered the next phase of our multi‐year effort to restore/refurbish/repair the building. We are currently [...]

Book Club Meeting

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that the next book club meeting is this coming Monday, June 18 in the lower level meeting room at Treasure Island at 7:30pm. Ronne Hartfield, author of Another Way Home, [...]

HPHS 2018 History Fair Program

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Hyde Park Historical Society 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago 2:00-4:00PM, Sunday, June 10, 2018 Refreshments will be served Meet the winners of the Society's award for the best student projects on the history of [...]

Historic Buildings

Hyde Park Center:

November 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

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

Robie House

April 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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

Special Sections

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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What Is Going On Here?

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

You may have noticed that our historic cable car building is boarded up. This is a good thing. We have entered the next phase of our multi‐year effort to restore/refurbish/repair [...]

HP Book Club. The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

HPHS Book Club. Remarkable Women of the University of Chicago: Hanna Holborn Gray, Muriel Beadle, Maude Hutchins

Remarkable Women of the U of C: Hanna Holborn Gray, Muriel Beadle, Maude Hutchins

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Hyde Park Book Club. Remarkable Women of the University of Chicago: Hanna Holborn Gray, Muriel Beadle, Maude Hutchins