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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One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

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Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, August 17, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Keith Stolte, author of: Chicago Artist Colonies With Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy All are welcome! Hyde Park Historical Society [...]

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One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

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Hyde Park Book Club  Monday, August 17, 2020 7:30pm VIA ZOOM Discussions with: Keith Stolte, author of: Chicago Artist Colonies With Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar [...]

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    One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

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    One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

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    Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

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    One of the world’s most remarkable outdoor art treasures lies hidden in plain sight along Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront — carvings in the stone revetments that line the lakeshore, many of them spectacular, most by anonymous creators, and almost none of them noticed by the millions of people who enjoy the city’s unobstructed shore. Join William Swislow, who has photographed thousands of these carvings, including many in Hyde Park, to view examples of this art underfoot, to hear its story, and to learn about the carvers who made it and the shoreline that was their canvas.

    Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, August 17, 2020 via Zoom

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