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Kenwood, located on the South Sidemarker of the City of Chicago, Illinoismarker, is one of the 77 well-defined Chicago community areas.

Kenwood contains some of the largest homes in the city. Kenwood was once one of the most elite neighborhoods in all of Chicago. Famous murderers Leopold and Loeb lived in Kenwood, as did their victim Bobby Franks. It includes two Chicago Landmark districts (Kenwood District and North Kenwood Districtmarker). The official community areas were defined in the early 20th century and the area including both the Hyde Parkmarker neighborhood and South Kenwood (the part of Kenwood South of 47th Street) are sometimes collectively referred to as Hyde Park, Hyde Park-Kenwood, or Hyde Park-South Kenwood.

Kenwood is bisected by 47th Street, which marks a dramatic socio-cultural and architectural boundary. North Kenwood suffered significant depopulation and attendant decline of the housing stock and retail base, bottoming out around 1990, although the area has been gradually redeveloping since then. South Kenwood fared this period rather better, escaping middle-class flight in the 1970s due to the efforts of the Kenwood Open House Committee to have the area zoned single-family homes only, halting a trend then underway to apartment and rooming-house conversion. In the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, houses sold for in excess of two million dollars, and long vacant lots were redeveloped with high-end luxury houses.

Madison Park, one of only three remaining private parks in the City of Chicago, is on the southern end of Kenwood between Woodlawn and Dorchester avenues. Two blocks to the east is the Chicago Public Schools' Kenwood Academymarker.

Kenwood is part of Hyde Park Townshipmarker that was annexed by the City of Chicago in 1889. Among its most famous structures is the Blackstone Librarymarker, built in 1902, that continues to be part of the Chicago Public Library system.

The southeast portion of this neighborhood includes the Indian Village neighborhood, which includes the National Register of Historic Places-designated (NRHP) Narragansett, the Chicago Landmark Powhatan Apartmentsmarker, and the NRHP site of the former Chicago Beach Hotelmarker that now hosts Regents Park is also in the neighborhood. The tallest building in Kenwood is the South Tower of Regents Park.

The recently re-opened Hyde Park Art Center, located on Cornell Ave. just north of 51st Street/E. Hyde Park Blvd., is Chicago's oldest alternative exhibition space, with an on-site school and studio and an extensive outreach program.

Notable residents

Notable Kenwood residents have included:


Image:Regents.JPG|Kenwood neighborhood's buildings as seen from Promontory PointmarkerImage:20061028 Blackstone Library Front.JPG|Front of Blackstone LibrarymarkerImage:20070909 Chicago Half Marathon.JPG|The Chicago Half Marathon is an annual Chicago Marathon tune up that takes place along Lake Shore Drivemarker.Image:20070906 Rainbow-PUSH Headquarters.JPG|The Rainbow/PUSH HeadquartersImage:20080909 K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple and Obama security detail.JPG|K.A.M.marker Isaiah Israel Templemarker and Barack Obama security detailFile:20070909 Regents Park.JPG|Regents Park is a popular residence for professional school graduate students at the University of Chicagomarker.


  1. Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce 2007-2008 Member Directory, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, pp. 32-33, 2007.

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