• 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

Hyde Park Historical Society History Fair Program

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Hear the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society's award for the best student projects on the history of Hyde Park Township from the 2017 Chicago Metro History Fair present their projects. Program will include [...]

Hyde Park Book Club Monday, June 19

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The next meeting of the Hyde Park Book Club will be Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm in the lower level meet-ing room at Treasure Island.

Cable Car Building Restoration

May 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society Presents Cable Car Building Restoration Saturday, June 3, 2017 2-4pm   Thanks to generous donations from our members and the Hyde Park community, the restoration of the Hyde Park Historical [...]

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

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 boats and a pavilion [...]

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Hyde Park Historical Society History Fair Program

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Hear the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society's award for the best student projects on the history of Hyde Park Township from the 2017 Chicago Metro History Fair present [...]

Hyde Park Book Club Monday, June 19

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The next meeting of the Hyde Park Book Club will be Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm in the lower level meet-ing room at Treasure Island.

Cable Car Building Restoration

May 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society Presents Cable Car Building Restoration Saturday, June 3, 2017 2-4pm   Thanks to generous donations from our members and the Hyde Park community, the restoration [...]

April 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House Saturday, April 22, 2017 5529 S. Lake Park Avenue 2-4pm The Hyde Park Historical Society invites you to join us for another open house.  [...]