Hyde Park is a university town that just happens to be in the middle of a big city. University of Chicago campus buildings such as Rockefeller Chapel and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House help make the neighborhood, bounded by 55th Street, Lake Michigan, 60th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, a mecca for those interested in architecture. Hyde Park is also known for its bookstores and off-beat shops, as well as for some of the city's most beautiful single-family homes.
An ambitious redevelopment program that includes North Kenwood and Oakland communities was launched with a $1.2 million grant from the private MacArthur Foundation to the Fund for Community Development and Revitalization. The fund, an umbrella organization linking community groups, the University of Chicago and the city, hopes to build or rehabilitate 5,000 housing units over the next 15 years.
Many residents ride CTA buses and rapid transit or commuter trains to jobs in the Loop. Metra trains stop in Hyde Park, Kenwood and South Shore. CTA Howard-Dan Ryan trains stop at Garfield Boulevard and 63rd Street at State Street. Residents of both communities have easy access to Lake Shore Drive.