Chicago’s Old but New Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

From the transparent racial divide to the Hyde Park’s first women to be sworn in as mayor in 2018. Sharidean “Flint hopes to keep the city debt-free as long as possible,” according to an interview with The Harold Journal.

The mayor-elect plans to work with the City Council to continue strengthening the community’s infrastructure and develop plans for upgrades. She intends to uphold and improve the town’s reputation and historical icons.

In 1853 the area was purchased by Paul Cornell, the cousin of one of Cornell University’s founders. The entire south seaside of the city was then named Hyde Park, after an area of the same name in London.

As the area began to grow more, buildings designed by the great efforts of architects such as Daniel Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright, who contributed their time to make Hyde Park mesmerizing in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This neighborhood has been and continues to be a home for many of Chicago’s elite historians, architects, scholars, musicians, and religious leaders. Residents and students from nearby high schools, like Kenwood or University of Chicago Lab School, enjoy this safe neighborhood.

It is also home to influential businesses. With various stores and libraries for passerby’s to enjoy, the area has a multitude of museums and historic sites.

Hyde Park is now known for its elegant houses and lavish mansions with some of the most spectacular and prominent architecture designed in Chicago. The area is likely to continue making improvements and depend on the help of the residents to make a conscious effort to take care of their homes.

Written by Brielle Remy Buford
Edited by Cathy Milne


Hyde Park Historical Society: History of Hyde Park By A.T. Andreas
The Harold Journal: First woman elected in Hyde Park shares perspective
The University Of Chicago Press Books: Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park

Featured and Top Image Courtesy of Paulo Cesar Leon Palacios’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License


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