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About Kenwood

Kenwood sits away from downtown Chicago, and that's just how the neighborhood's original residents liked it. In fact, they left the metropolitan area because they tired of its congestion and noise and lack of space. They made up for it in Kenwood, where they build some of the city's most monumental, ornate homes, many of which still stand today. These less-than-humble abodes have had their fair share of famous residents, too; everyone from Muhammad Ali to Muddy Waters to Barack Obama have called Kenwood, "home." Now, it's your turn.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $31,500 to $3,820,000

Closed Prices: $14,000 to $3,960,000

Median Sale Price: $292,000

Average $ per sq ft: $171

Association Fee Ranges: $500 to $600/quarter, $0, $0 to $3842/mo

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

Age: 1876 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 510 to 17769 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 9 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 10 Bathrooms

Getting Around Kenwood

Around Kenwood

Kenwood's most famous real estate are its estates, built mostly in the later half of the 1850s. You'll mostly find these homes standing in the neighborhood's southeast side, where the Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District protects the integrity of these behemoth structures. Otherwise, you'll find more attainable single-family homes here, as well as Art Deco-style high-rise buildings that maintain the neighborhood's luxurious charm.

Many of Kenwood's restaurants dot East 47th Street, but you'll also find pockets of eateries along Lake Shore Drive as well. Though not as diverse and ever-changing as, say, the culinary scene downtown, Kenwood has enough variety -- brunch, Brazilian, Asian fusion, sandwiches, Italian -- to keep its residents from getting bored.

A neighborhood with such famed architecture will draw locals and tourists alike, so you'll probably see lots of people strolling around and taking everything in. Along the lakeshore, there's less leisurely activity and more biking and running for the city's athletically inclined, though you could choose a more relaxing pace if you wanted to.

Kenwood has quite the classy reputation, so it might surprise you to find out that its residents frequent a handful of well-loved dive bars and pubs. Many of these bars happen to lie just on the edge of Kenwood and Hyde Park, so neighborhood lines might have to be crossed to find them. You'll also find live music at some of the local bars, as well as regular events thrown at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Grab a map (or make a memo of addresses on your smartphone) and head out to see some of the famous buildings and residences that Kenwood has to offer. Muhammad Ali's house, Muddy Waters' house, and the former head of Sears' house, among others, might dot your trail. You could start the day with brunch or end with a cup of coffee along Lakeshore Drive, taking in views of the lake as the sun sets on another week on Chicago's south side.

Locals Love

  • Quiet, residential feel
  • Historic architecture
  • Easy drive to Midway Airport
  • Cultural importance and cultural scene
  • Access to Lake Shore Drive

Locals Don't Love

  • Quiet nightlife scene
  • Lack of access to CTA trains
  • Distance from downtown

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