Hyde Park

Chicago's Historical Neighborhood
One of Chicago's most beloved neighborhoods, Hyde Park effortlessly combines modern flair with a rich historical background. The neighborhood proudly flaunts the fact that they have more Nobel Prize winners per square kilometer than any other place on earth! Though extremely studious, residents of Hyde Park know how to let loose and have a great time. Savor delectable cuisine at the upscale A10 or feel the heat of Caribbean passion at Ja' Grill. Hit the bar at Cove Lounge for nightly drink specials or go to Woodlawn Tap to wash down delicious burgers with hand crafted beers! Take your special someone to Promonotory Point for spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Neighborhood residents insist its one of the most romantic spots in the city. Hyde Park is an exciting place to live no matter what your tastes are!
What Hyde Park Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
8.0
amenities
6.0
social
6.0
management
7.0
safety
6.6
Median rents in Hyde Park
Studio
$
937
1 Bedroom
$
1,249
2 Bedroom
$
1,320

Living in
Hyde Park

Walkable
Good Restaurants
Pretty Safe
Nice
Diverse
Easy Commute
Quiet Neighborhood
Proximity To Amenities
Hyde Park — 7.9/10 Rating (based on 28 neighborhood reviews)
There's a lot going on off of 53rd. Good restaurants (A10, Promentory, Yusho) and even some worthwhile fast food (Native Foods, Chipotle). There are two grocery stores (Hyde Park Produce is phenomenal), and almost everything else (a hardware store, an office supply store in the Treasure Island shopping center, some doctors' offices off of 55th). Down on 57th there are some other good restaurants (Medici) and 57th Street Books is a cornerstone. Hyde Park even just got an improv comedy place (The Revival) on 57th.

In short, there's enough going on in Hyde Park not to feel isolated, but it's far enough away from the city not to feel suffocated.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Versailles
There's a bus stop literally outside the building that is free for UChicago ID-holders. This takes you to the front door of the law school and also to a shopping complex with a Walgreens and grocery store. In Hyde Park in general things are pretty walkable and there are some fun restaurants. I don't feel 100% safe walking after maybe 9pm but if you stay in populated areas it's probably fine.
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Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
When you think of South Side Chicago, you don't think of Hyde Park. It's really nice, however it can quickly turn into a dangerous place if you venture too far away from the neighborhood. I've overall enjoyed the neighborhood very much. It has a lot of culture to learn from. If it's good enough for President Obama it's good enough for me.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Commute to campus is easy and quick, but I never walk around at night alone and do not visit Hyde Park businesses very often. I buy my groceries in South Loop because the grocery stores in HP are too expensive, and I go for dinner/drinks uptown because there are so few options down here.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Great for those who want to be close to the UChicago campus. It's not as dangerous as its reputation suggests, just don't be dumb and walk around at midnight down dark alleys with your headphones in. Food is mediocre, and grocery store options are minimal.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
I enjoy living in Hyde Park; it's quiet and close to school. I wish, however, that some of the wonderful amenities up near 53rd Street -- Whole Foods, movie theater, new restaurants, etc -- were a bit closer.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
More restaurants are opening in the area, but it's hard to get to the cooler neighborhoods north of the loop. The only public transit is the Metra and buses, neither of which are ideal.
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1365 East 52nd St
I love Hyde Park. I love living near the lake at prices that are much more affordable than comparable places downtown. There are so many shops within walking distance now.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Hyde Park is gentrifying pretty hard, which means there's an interesting mix of local-character-type places and new-high-end places.

The safety concerns tend to be way overblown. There's literally an officer on every corner. Just keep some situational awareness and everything'll be ok.
Hyde Park Produce has amazing selection and prices for fresh foods. It can be a bit annoying to get other stuff, because the main options are HPP, Treasure Island, or a delivery service, all of which are overpriced. Most of the high end housing is clustered along the lake, especially between 51st and 55th. You can get some a LOT of bang for your buck south of the Midway, but that comes with its own tradeoffs. The Woodlawn-Ellis-53rd-55th area is mostly standard 3-story apartment buildings with a good compromise of location, quality, price.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
5415 S Woodlawn
There's a bus stop literally outside the building that is free for UChicago ID-holders. This takes you to the front door of the law school and also to a shopping complex with a Walgreens and grocery store. In Hyde Park in general things are pretty walkable and there are some fun restaurants. I don't feel 100% safe walking after maybe 9pm but if you stay in populated areas it's probably fine.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Commute to campus is easy and quick, but I never walk around at night alone and do not visit Hyde Park businesses very often. I buy my groceries in South Loop because the grocery stores in HP are too expensive, and I go for dinner/drinks uptown because there are so few options down here.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
It seems like it's changed a lot in the past few years. Great new restaurants and bars, cute movie theater, fun shops, I really love this quiet and adorably eclectic neighborhood. Also because my school is here, its extremely convenient. Bus or metra downtown quickly and conveniently.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
East Park Tower
Very student/university-driven. Not a lot of night life, but a nice school community.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
East Park Tower
Hyde Park is Chicago's only shining gem!
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
5300-5308 S. Hyde Park
Hyde Park is great if you want convenience and safety. Some things are a little overpriced (god help those who want cheap flour) but others are cheap (i.e., square footage of your unit if you aren't in Regents). It's not a neighborhood for those who love nightlife. We have almost none. But there's a professional theater company, some good restaurants, and you can walk home basically any time of night.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Residence Place of Hyde Park
Hyde Park does not have the social or culinary sophistication of other Chicago neighborhoods, it's true. And it could definitely use a few more grocery stores. But for a law student like me who prizes convenience above all else, I'm just glad to have a short commute to and from school.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Hyde Park is a great place to live for a student or a young family, in that it's relatively quiet, but is growing quickly in terms of entertainment and dining options. It's also very beautiful, being an older neighborhood with a lot of brownstones and castle-like structures, and big trees with lots of beautiful foliage in the fall. I don't like the fact that there's not an L stop central to the neighborhood, but the Metra makes up some of the difference if you live nearby, and the buses to downtown are relatively convenient. Also, people's concerns about "safety" are ridiculous – I think certain people tend to become afraid when they see more brown people than they are used to, but the neighborhood is actually one of the wealthiest and safest neighborhoods in the city, in addition to having the advantage of being culturally and demographically diverse. There's also a lot of really nice park space (you're between Jackson Park and Washington Park, have the Midway Plaisance right in the middle of the university, and other smaller parks like Nichols Park and Harold Washington Park provide a lot of nice greenery).
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
5321 S. Cornell Ave.
I love Hyde Park. It's extremely walkable and it is reasonably close to public transportation that's pretty quick into downtown. If you want to do more serious shopping or dining out it usually involves a trip outside of the neighborhood, but most things I need for everyday life are very close.
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9
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5460 S Kimbark Ave
There's a lot going on off of 53rd. Good restaurants (A10, Promentory, Yusho) and even some worthwhile fast food (Native Foods, Chipotle). There are two grocery stores (Hyde Park Produce is phenomenal), and almost everything else (a hardware store, an office supply store in the Treasure Island shopping center, some doctors' offices off of 55th). Down on 57th there are some other good restaurants (Medici) and 57th Street Books is a cornerstone. Hyde Park even just got an improv comedy place (The Revival) on 57th.

In short, there's enough going on in Hyde Park not to feel isolated, but it's far enough away from the city not to feel suffocated.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Versailles
Hyde Park is pretty nice and generally feels safe, but it is still pretty close to the South Side. It's important to be aware when walking around at night or on your own. Campus police has a big presence in the neighborhood so there's that. There's a decent selection of restaurants, and it's pretty cool to be living in the same neighborhood in which President Obama used to live.
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/10
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The Shoreland
When you think of South Side Chicago, you don't think of Hyde Park. It's really nice, however it can quickly turn into a dangerous place if you venture too far away from the neighborhood. I've overall enjoyed the neighborhood very much. It has a lot of culture to learn from. If it's good enough for President Obama it's good enough for me.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
The area is very diverse relative to the rest of Chicago (other neighborhoods are rather segregated), and very safe generally because of the CPD on patrol and the emergency alert buttons on nearly every block in case you do need help.

The restaurants are nothing to write home about, but they provide a reasonable selection and there are some well-deserving student favorites throughout the area. More and better have been opening quite regularly.
There is less noise than living downtown, which is a plus for some but not for others - your call. Instacart delivers, otherwise your options without a car are Treasure Island and Hyde Park Produce (generally preferred by students, with better quality and cheaper than TI). The buses and shuttles, combined, get you all over the place very quickly.
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Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
Not a lot of nightlife or great restaurants, but easy to get to the city and good to be close to the school. Decent grocery stores, especially with Whole Foods coming in at the end of this year (2016) and generally a pretty safe area, though you have to use common sense.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
East Park Tower
-Close to school
-Easy access to Lake Shore Drive

-Some safety issues -No reasonably priced grocery stores -Very few decent restaurants -Public transportation to get out of Hyde Park is limited and inconvenient
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8
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Neighborhood Rating
Kimbark Manor
Hyde Park is safe and convenient to the law school, but the food offerings are not ideal and the grocery stores are expensive. Traveling up North and back anytime I want to do something interesting or get good food is kind of a pain.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
N/A
Hyde Park does not have the social or culinary sophistication of other Chicago neighborhoods, it's true. And it could definitely use a few more grocery stores. But for a law student like me who prizes convenience above all else, I'm just glad to have a short commute to and from school.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shoreland
This is a comfortable, diverse neighborhood. I just wish we were closer to downtown!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1700 Building
Hyde Park has tons of resources and a lot of free events sponsored by the University of Chicago. Two movie theaters (Harper Theater and Doc Films) provide low cost entertainment ($5-$10). 57th Street Beach and Promontory Point are some of the best parts of the lake shore with fire pits and beaches that tend to remain uncrowded. 3 independent bookstores (Seminary Co-Op, 57th Street Books, and Powells) also contribute to the culture of the neighborhood with the Seminary Co-Op often hosting free events. There are more grocery stores in the neighborhood than I think we need (Hyde Park Produce, Whole Foods, Treasure Island and Open Produce [open until 2am]). There is also a Target, Marshall's, Michael's, CVS, Walgreens, and Ace Hardware. The neighborhood is very walkable and bike friendly.
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5311 South Maryland Avenue
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Getting to Know
Hyde Park

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: S Cottage Grove Ave to S Lake Shore Dr
North to South Boundary: E Hyde Park Blvd to E 60th St
dining
Baba’s Famous Steak & Lemonade
Cafe 53
Giordanos
Just Turkey
McDonald’s
Plein Air Cafe & Eatery
Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits
Rajun Cajun
Shark’s Fish
Starbucks
The Original Pancake House
Valois
grocery
CVS Pharmacy
Save-A-Lot
Walgreens
Walgreens
shopping
Akira
Aromatic Synsation
Avignon
Elston Ace Hardware & Rental Center
Phli
Sugar Hill
The Silver Room
Toys et Cetera
Wesley's Shoe Corral
gyms / rec
Core Power Yoga
CorePower Yoga
LA Fitness
Pure Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy
TriYoga
entertainment
Arie Crown Theater
Doc Films
Frederick C Robie House
Museum Of Contemporary Photography
Museum of Science and Industry
Reggies Rock Club
The Grand Ballroom
The Promontory
transit
15 (bus)
171 (bus)
55 (bus)
ME (rail)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Hyde Park contains the 5 digit ZIP codes of 60615 and 60637. 56.4% of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 21%.

• 36% of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with 5.5% having being built in the past 15 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly 31% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• About 45% of people in Hyde Park drive to work.

The median gross rent in Hyde Park is $888. 21.7% of Hyde Park residents are 22-34, 8.8% are below 24, 18.3% are 35-50, and 28.5% are older than 50.

• Roughly 23% of Hyde Park residents are students (8.6% grad, 14.5% undergrad), and 11.7% are unemployed or retired. The median household income in Hyde Park is $33,199.

• About 80% of units are heated by gas, and about 13% of residences have utilities included.

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