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HistoryHyde Park was founded in the 1850s as Chicago's first suburb. In 1892, the University of Chicago opened its doors in the neighborhood, setting the stage for a long and beneficial relationship for the community. The following year, the neighborhood hosted the Columbian Exposition, which brought visitors from all over the world and left a legacy of unique parks and buildings, including the present-day Museum of Science and Industry.
During the 1950s, Hyde Park experienced losses in population and economic decline, along with many other South Side communities. To combat urban blight and preserve the community, the University of Chicago launched an ambitious plan for urban renewal that included demolition of old buildings and the construction of new housing and shopping centers.
Since 1990, Hyde Park has experienced steady growth in population, and it serves as a national model for successful integration. In 2000 and 2003, Money Magazine ranked Hyde Park among the best places to live in the United States.
Economic DevelopmentHyde Park's economic engine has remained strong through the years. The University of Chicago and its medical center employ more than 17,000 people, many of whom live in the community. More than 60 percent of the university's faculty lives in Hyde Park, as do many of its students and staff members. Together, these highly educated individuals bring significant buying power to neighborhood businesses and cultural institutions.
In recent years, Hyde Park has seen an increase in concerted development efforts. The 53rd Street TIF District, for example, is bringing together organizations and community members to create a new vision for the area's main shopping district.
Culture & RecreationHyde Park boasts an astonishing variety of artistic and cultural destinations, from the Smart Museum of Art to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House to the Museum of Science and Industry. The University of Chicago hosts a full schedule of world-class performances throughout the year, including lectures, concerts, and plays. Each fall, the neighborhood hosts the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, a full day of free, nonstop jazz.
Hyde Park also is home to an extraordinary array of parks, playgrounds, and soccer fields. Promontory Point on the lake is a favorite destination for swimmers and wedding parties, while the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club offers a variety of indoor recreation classes. Midway Plaisance, a legacy of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and a welcome oasis of green, presents movies and concerts in the summer, and ice skating all winter.