Kenwood

Chicago's Best By The Lake
Home to Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali, Kenwood is a culturally diverse neighborhood well stocked with fantastic restaurants, amazing sights and monuments, inspiring architecture, and some of the best shopping districts in the city. Admire the serene yet impressive glory of Lake Michigan, take a trip to monuments like John McGill's house or the Francis M Drexel Memorial Fountain, or have a game of catch at the Kenwood Community Park. Taste the best oak smoked barbecue in the city at Honey 1 BBQ or try inventive fusion cuisine at Norman's Bistro. Walk into the Blackstone Public Library and admire any of the four murals painted by Oliver Grover. Kenwood neatly combines history with contemporary flair and is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to move into Chicago.
What Kenwood Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
8.0
amenities
6.0
social
6.0
management
7.0
safety
6.5
Median rents in Kenwood
Studio
$
1,170
1 Bedroom
$
1,270
2 Bedroom
$
1,519

Living in
Kenwood

Diverse
Noisy At Times
Safe
Proximity To Amenities
Affordable
Enjoyable
Walkable
Great Restaurants
Kenwood — 6.7/10 Rating (based on 12 neighborhood reviews)
Pretty close to campus, about a 10 minute drive/bike ride. Seems safe, at least east of MLK Blvd. Pretty quiet overall, Maple Court is right next to an elementary school so there is some noise in the morning and when the kids are at recess. Hyde Park Produce is walkable, but not super close. Whole Foods is opening up at Lake Park around 51st/Hyde Park Blvd. soon. Large shopping area at 47th and Lake Park with Walgreens and Subway. Mostly fast food on 47th St. No bars, coffee shops, or anywhere nearby to hang out.
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3
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Maple Court
Hyde Park/Kenwood are diverse neighborhoods, which I view as a positive. I like Hyde Park Produce, but it doesn't carry a full line of groceries. Treasure Island and Whole Foods are very expensive. Safety is clearly an issue based on police and university police incident reports, but I feel safe during the day and at night if I am with another person.
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7
/10
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Regents Park
I prefer the short commute to school to living somewhere I'd have to wake up earlier. But HP is a little quiet, so depends on what you're looking for. More restaurants and shopping options are being added really quickly right now so that's a pro (Whole Foods coming soon!) but it's definitely different than living in a neighborhood in/closer to the Loop.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
It's fine. It's convenient because it's close to the law school but otherwise it's pretty boring and there's not much to do. Probably the worst thing about Hyde Park is that many of the non-University apartment buildings are owned by MAC Properties, which is a terrible management company.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Algonquin Apartments
Kenwood/Hyde Park is great. Has a nice suburban vibe to it.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
I've been a Chicago resident for most of my life, and I can safely say this is one of my favorite places to live. It's affordable and enjoyable.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
5053 S Ellis
Hyde Park is on the rise if you like gentrified, bougie neighborhoods. There are more fancy restaurants coming to the neighborhood as UChicago bought out 53rd street. It's a good neighborhood for a college experience but I am speaking as a formal student. It's unclear how non-university affiliated folks feel about the changes as there is sadly not much interaction between the University and the rest of the community.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
It's a nice enough area, I've never felt unsafe. Not always a lot to do and there are few bars, but it's got a lot of good attributes and pretty good restaurants.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Algonquin Apartments
Hyde Park is on the rise if you like gentrified, bougie neighborhoods. There are more fancy restaurants coming to the neighborhood as UChicago bought out 53rd street. It's a good neighborhood for a college experience but I am speaking as a formal student. It's unclear how non-university affiliated folks feel about the changes as there is sadly not much interaction between the University and the rest of the community.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
Pretty close to campus, about a 10 minute drive/bike ride. Seems safe, at least east of MLK Blvd. Pretty quiet overall, Maple Court is right next to an elementary school so there is some noise in the morning and when the kids are at recess. Hyde Park Produce is walkable, but not super close. Whole Foods is opening up at Lake Park around 51st/Hyde Park Blvd. soon. Large shopping area at 47th and Lake Park with Walgreens and Subway. Mostly fast food on 47th St. No bars, coffee shops, or anywhere nearby to hang out.
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3
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Maple Court
It's a nice enough area, I've never felt unsafe. Not always a lot to do and there are few bars, but it's got a lot of good attributes and pretty good restaurants.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Algonquin Apartments
This neighborhood is primarily mansions. Tons of professors and their families live out here...there isn't really anything to do nearby (no restaurants or places to go out) but it's quiet, and safe.
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4920 S Ellis Ave
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Getting to Know
Kenwood

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: S Cottage Grove Ave to S Lake Shore Dr
North to South Boundary: E 43rd St to E Hyde Park Blvd
dining
Bridgeport Coffee
Cafe 53
Dominos Pizza
Pizza Capri
Quadrangle Club
Starbucks
Subway
White Castle
grocery
CVS Pharmacy
Save-A-Lot
Walgreens
Walgreens
shopping
Columbia College Bookstore
Foot Locker
Frank J Rumoro Jazz Guitar Academy
Futons-N-More
Haute Pink Shoes
Hyde Park Records
New Age Chicago Furniture
Peter Scheiner Jazz Piano Lessons
Richard Heiberger Classical & Jazz Piano Studio
Sugar Magnolia
gyms / rec
5th Quarter sports Zone
Core Power Yoga
Grant Bark Park
Harold Washington Park
LA Fitness
TriYoga
entertainment
Checkerboard Lounge
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Court Theatre
Harper Theater
HoyPoloi Gallery
Hyde Park Art Center
Ja' Grill Hyde Park
The Fine Arts Building
transit
15 (bus)
15 (bus)
15/2 (bus)
172 (bus)
172 (bus)
2/28/6 (bus)
ME (rail)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Kenwood contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of 60615 and 60653. 59.4% of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 16.3%.

• 40.8% of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with 16.4% having being built in the past 15 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly 29.9% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• 49% of people in Kenwood own a car and drive to work.

The median gross rent in Kenwood is $808. 22.3% of Kenwood residents are 24-35, 6% are below 24, 19.9% are 36-50, and 28.9% are older than 50.

• Roughly 18.6% of Kenwood residents are students (7.9% grad, 10.7% undergrad), and 12.1% are unemployed or retired. The median household income in Kenwood is $69,969.

• Most units are heated by gas (78%), and the rest are heated by electricity (18%) and other sources

Best Apartments
in Kenwood


3 Beds $2,035


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Studio $1,175
1 Bed $1,200
2 Beds $1,340

1 Bed $1,975
2 Beds $2,350
3 Beds $2,799

1 Bed $1,200

Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Guide
Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a neighborhood with great provisions for comfortable lifestyle especially for students.