Hyde Park History

  • Hyde Park Center:

    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 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

    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 [...]

  • Paul Cornell- Founder of Hyde Park

    Paul Cornell- Founder of Hyde Park

    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 [...]

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HP Book Club Monday, November 19, 2018

November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm. Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire. "The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm.

Hyde Park Historical Society Cable Car Building – Restored and Looking Good!

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a major achievement in the restoration of its historical cable car building. The exterior work on the building is complete! The deteriorated brickwork has been replaced. The doors and [...]

Hyde Park Book Club Change of Venue

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Hi Everyone, As you know, we have lost our meeting room space with the closing of Treasure Island. Fortunately, HPHS has finished the exterior work on the building, and that space will be available for [...]

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HP Book Club Monday, November 19, 2018

November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm. Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire. "The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm.

Hyde Park Historical Society Cable Car Building – Restored and Looking Good!

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a major achievement in the restoration of its historical cable car building. The exterior work on the building is complete! [...]

Hyde Park Book Club Change of Venue

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Hi Everyone, As you know, we have lost our meeting room space with the closing of Treasure Island. Fortunately, HPHS has finished the exterior work on [...]

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    HP Book Club Monday, November 19, 2018

    November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

    Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm. Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire. "The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm.

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    HP Book Club Monday, November 19, 2018

    November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

    Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm. Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire. "The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm.

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    Hyde Park Historical Society Cable Car Building – Restored and Looking Good!

    October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

    The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a major achievement in the restoration of its historical cable car building. The exterior work on the building is complete! The deteriorated brickwork has [...]

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    Hyde Park Book Club Change of Venue

    October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

    Hi Everyone, As you know, we have lost our meeting room space with the closing of Treasure Island. Fortunately, HPHS has finished the exterior work on the building, and that [...]

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    HP Book Club Monday, November 19, 2018

    November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

    Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm. Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire. "The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm.

    Hyde Park Historical Society Cable Car Building – Restored and Looking Good!

    October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

    The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a major achievement in the restoration of its historical cable car building. The exterior work on the building is complete! The deteriorated brickwork has [...]

    Hyde Park Book Club Change of Venue

    October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

    Hi Everyone, As you know, we have lost our meeting room space with the closing of Treasure Island. Fortunately, HPHS has finished the exterior work on the building, and that [...]

    Celebrate The Life of Jazz Pianist Willie Pickens

    October 8th, 2018|0 Comments

    Dear friends, Last July, a group of friends began to look for a way to honor the wonderful jazz pianist Willie Pickens and his wife, Irma. Great in the world [...]