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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*EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

February 28th, 2020|Comments Off on *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

*EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020 Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author of: The World is Always Coming to an End Pulling together and apart in a Chicago neighborhood Hyde Park Book Club Monday, March 16, 2020 [...]

Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

February 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

Presents: Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit, will show and tell how his mother, Flo Baran, escaped Hyde Park into a life [...]

Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

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Hyde Park Book Club presents Lee Bey author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side   Monday, February 17, 2020  7:30PM Hyde Park Historical Society [...]

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*EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

February 28th, 2020|Comments Off on *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

*EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020 Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author of: The World is Always Coming to an End Pulling together and apart in [...]

Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

February 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

Presents: Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit, will show and tell how his [...]

Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

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    *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

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    *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020 Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author of: The World is Always Coming to an End Pulling together and apart in a Chicago neighborhood Hyde [...]

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    Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

    February 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

    Presents: Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit, will show and tell how his mother, Flo Baran, escaped [...]

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    Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

    February 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

    Hyde Park Book Club presents Lee Bey author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side   Monday, February 17, 2020  [...]

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    *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

    February 28th, 2020|Comments Off on *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020

    *EVENT CANCELLED Hyde Park Book Club: Monday, March 16, 2020 Discussions with: Carlo Rotella, author of: The World is Always Coming to an End Pulling together and apart in a Chicago neighborhood Hyde [...]

    Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

    February 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde: Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit

    Presents: Hyde Park’s Bonnie & Clyde Larry Baran, author of The Housewife Loved a Bandit, will show and tell how his mother, Flo Baran, escaped [...]

    Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

    February 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Hyde Park Book Club: Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

    Hyde Park Book Club presents Lee Bey author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side   Monday, February 17, 2020  [...]

    HPHS Open House Schedule for January and February/March

    January 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on HPHS Open House Schedule for January and February/March

    HPHS Open House Schedule:  January - February/March The Nancy Hays exhibit is still up, so if you missed the previous dates you can still see it. If you have already [...]