Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of those neighborhoods in Chicago that feels like a community in and of itself--this is probably because it was once a suburb. Located just 6 miles from the heart of downtown, the hustle and bustle of the city is easily left behind. Hyde Park features a few local attractions that are enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike, but the overall vibe of the neighborhood is quite relaxed. While you can find just about every type of retailer you require in Hyde Park, an overwhelming number of businesses are locally owned. The Metra train gets you downtown in 20 minutes or so, or take a bus to connect to either the Red or Green Line. The neighborhood is affordable for students of the University of Chicago, but also has real estate ideal for singles and families.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $65,000 to $778,000

Closed Prices: $45,000 to $4,205,000

Median Sale Price: $213,000

Average $ per sq ft: $161

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $6409/mo, $0, $175 to $1750

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1884 to 2018

Sq. Ft.: 1884 to 2018 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 8 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Hyde Park

Around Hyde Park

This Far South neighborhood boasts a generous price-per-square-foot and an accessible median home price. Single-family homes near the University fetch the highest price, while attached homes and condo buildings scattered throughout the neighborhood offer more affordable options. The lakefront area tends to be pricier than nearby Washington Park, but the neighborhood remains ideal for those looking for quaint residential areas near notable landmarks such as the University of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry.

The overwhelming majority of buildings in Hyde Park feature classic Chicago architecture. However, many buildings have been remodeled inside to provide the perfect balance between old and new. Spacious single family homes are certainly present, but condos, townhouses, and brownstones are plentiful. 53rd street is one of the neighborhood's main streets, where you will find restaurants, local grocers, and multiple independent shops. The blocks surrounding the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago are also a popular place to live.

There aren't as many chain restaurants in Hyde Park as in some of the other neighborhoods in Chicago. Instead you will find locally owned restaurants that feature their unique take on Chicago classics, as well as restaurants that explore trending cuisine. There are more healthy eating options in Hyde Park than the average Chicago neighborhood: think locally grown, organic, vegan, and vegetarian--but meat eaters will easily find the foods they love too. Most restaurants are reasonably priced, and in most cases reservations are not required.

Lots of college students from the University of Chicago call Hyde Park home, but the neighborhood is diverse and attracts the attention of all walks of life. Hyde Park does an exceptional job of maintaining their greenery, so it is an ideal location for those who love the city but still have a great appreciation for nature. There are residents of all ages, and the overall vibe is laid-back. Hyde Park is also the home of the infamous Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House. The primary tourist attraction in the neighborhood is The Museum of Science and Industry.

Friday nights in Hyde Park are pretty laid-back. There is not much in terms of clubs or dancing, and most bars are casual. Many restaurants on the main streets are open late, so dining out is always an excellent choice. There are also a few art galleries in the neighborhood that host weekend events.

There are some great parks in the neighborhood, a few brunch options, and the local park district and Chamber of Commerce do a great job of hosting a wide variety of community events. You can of course head over to the Museum of Science and Industry to see their latest attractions, which are both child and adult friendly. Take a short walk or quick bus ride to the lakefront's walking, running, and biking paths, or simply enjoy the minimally populated lakefront access.

Being home to a college campus, sections of Hyde Park are particularly walkable. The university abuts Midway Plaisance Park and Washington Park (the park is in its namesake neighborhood), creating a walker and biker paradise in the southwest corner of the neighborhood. Those who favor non-motorized transport can also hop on Lakefront Trail to continue south to the South Shore Cultural Center or north as far as Foster Beach in Edgewater. The Metra has three stops in the neighborhood and an easy 20-minute ride will take you to Millennium station in the heart of the Loop. Meanwhile, the South Shore Line can also carry you north to the Loop or southeast all the way to South Bend, Indiana. Bus routes are exceptionally plentiful in this neighborhood with main routes running east/west along Hyde Park Blvd, 55th Street, 57th Street, and 60th Street, as well as north/south along South Cottage Grove Avenue, South Woodlawn Avenue, and South Lake Park Avenue. Trying to snag a parking spot near the university can be an exercise in futility during peak hours, but otherwise, the neighborhood is fairly car-friendly.

Locals Love

  • Laidback vibe
  • Street parking is fairly easy and inexpensive
  • The beautiful architecture and greenery
  • The less populated lakefront areas

Locals Don't Love

  • For those who don’t drive, the Metra is the only direct train access
  • Not much in terms of nightlife
  • While the multiple locally owned business are great, most big box retailers are a bit of a distance

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