Historic Hyde Park

Part Ten: “They were all Republicans,” Drexel Boulevard – 39th to 47th Streets

Part Ten: “They were all Republicans,” Drexel Boulevard – 39th to 47th Streets

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

Part 9: Legends of the Fall

Part 9: Legends of the Fall

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

Part 8: Genuinely civilized oddballs

Part 8: Genuinely civilized oddballs

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking of the recently constructed Logan Center on the south side of the Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer commented that the building would have “a tremendous impact not only on our students, faculty and community, but on the future of the arts in Chicago.” He continued, “Creativity(…)

Part 7: Springtime is for Lovers

Part 7: Springtime is for Lovers

The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turns to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that have defined the urban fabric. By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The neighborhood that(…)

Part 6: Thinking across generations

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking about Chicago, Hyde Park resident Saul Bellow noted that this city “builds itself up, knocks itself down again, scrapes away the rubble and starts over.” In contrast to European cities that were destroyed in war and painstakingly restored, this city does not restore; “it makes something wildly different.” A(…)

Part 5: Land clearance: 55th to 57th streets

Part 5: Land clearance: 55th to 57th streets

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The basic characteristics of Lake Park Avenue change dramatically when one heads south of the 55th Street intersection and toward 57th Street. The roadway narrows and there is but one building that remains along the Illinois Central embankment on the east, an old cable car building that is now the headquarters(…)

Part 4: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

Part 4: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS From a 21st century vantage point, it seems the standard that urban renewal planners relied on for the clearance area near Lake Avenue and 55th Street was not urban, but based on the midcentury suburbs that drew city dwellers away from communities like Hyde Park. During the urban renewal period, planners(…)

Part 3: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

Part 3: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS It is no coincidence that the revival of Hyde Park’s commercial core is centered at 53rd and Lake Park Avenue, an intersection that over the years has witnessed growth and decline, tragedy and renewal. Today on any weekend night there is a line out the door at Chipotle, valet parking is(…)