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
7.5
value
7.8
amenities
6.0
social
6.5
management
7.0
safety
7.3
Median rents in Kenwood
Studio
$
1,200
1 Bedroom
$
1,350
2 Bedroom
$
1,550

Living in
Kenwood

Diverse
Noisy At Times
Safe
Proximity To Amenities
Affordable
Enjoyable
Walkable
Great Restaurants
Kenwood — 7.5/10 Rating (based on 26 neighborhood reviews)
Hyde Park is extremely boring. I live here because the school is here and the commute is easy. There are very few good restaurants and no nightlife whatsoever. Luckily, getting downtown is cheap and easy. I've never felt unsafe during the daytime, but I certainly don't go walking around at night.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
I enjoyed Hyde Park. Although I did try not to walk anywhere at night, I never had an experience that made me uncomfortable. I think Hyde Park has several very good restaurants and fun bars, and it has a nice community feel. I enjoyed living there!
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
It's a cute neighborhood, lots of young professionals, beautiful architecture, close proximity to school and super close to the city. Downside is few good food options and can get boring. But I love the free bus!
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
40 minute walk to campus, or buses that pick you up; nearby are: Whole Foods, Target, many restaurants and bars
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
I have not felt unsafe in the neighborhood, although I have done my best to avoid being out alone at night.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Twin Towers
Restaurants and groceries close. Easy transport. Lots of other law students
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
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
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 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
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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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
4920 S Ellis Ave
It's fine
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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
Kenwood/Hyde Park is great. Has a nice suburban vibe to it.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
The neighborhood feels safe overall, as I live right on the border with Hyde Park. There is a dearth of businesses (stores, restaurants, bars) in the area, but that is true for all of Hyde Park. Proximity to the Law School is the best part of where I live.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
My building is a 5 min walk to Whole Foods and 12 min walk to Target. Hyde Park is getting more restaurants and bars, but I wish there were better options. It is nice to be close to my friends and close to campus though.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Twin Towers
For groceries, options are Wholefoods, Target and Hyde Park produce; no supermarkets.
Closest pharmacy is a 10min walk away.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Algonquin Apartments
Not much going on at all. Closest place for restaurants/bars is 53rd Street, which is about a 10-15 min walk.
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
It’s a pretty quiet and safe neighborhood but super close to transit to downtown
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Twin Towers
Utterly fine. Meh is a good word to describe the neighborhood.
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5
/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
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
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
I have never had any problems with the neighborhood. Plenty of transit options, also gives with DIVVYbike stations. Lots of good food nearby and overall a quiet place. Many students and University professionals!
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
Seems fine.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Fairfax
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
The area is not super secure. It's right next to Washington Square Park which can be a bit dangerous at night.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park
Close to school!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Regents Park


Getting to Know
Kenwood

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S Lake Shore Dr to S Cottage Grove Ave
North to South Boundaries: E 43rd St to E Hyde Park Blvd
dining
De Rice
Italian Fiesta Pizzeria
The Cajun Connoisseur
The Terrace Grill
grocery
Save-A-Lot
Whole Foods Market
convenience
Walgreens
parks
Oakwood / 41st Street Beach
coffee
Bridgeport Coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts
bus
15 (bus)
rail
ME (rail)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Kenwood includes zip codes 60615 and 60653
Rent vs Own
59
%
of Kenwood residents are renters
Driving to Work
47
%
of Kenwood residents drive to work
New Construction
13
%
of housing units in Kenwood have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
57
%
<20 units
10
%
20-49 units
34
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
22
%
18 - 34
30
%
35 - 54
26
%
55+
23
%
Unit Mix
10
%
Studio
27
%
1 Bed
30
%
2 Bed
34
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
51
%
Undergrad Student
11
%
Grad Student
10
%
Unemployed
11
%
Retired
15
%

Best Apartments
in Kenwood


Studio $1,140
1 Bed $1,330
2 Beds $1,684

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2 Beds $1,830
3 Beds $2,029

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1 Bed $1,450
2 Beds $1,600

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1 Bed $2,175
2 Beds $2,575
3 Beds $3,150

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Studio $1,285
1 Bed $1,250
2 Beds $1,500

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