Why Chicago’s “Forgotten South” Could Be Your Perfect Neighborhood
If you look at the news cycle in Chicago, you’re probably well aware of the dramatic crime problems plaguing the south side of our city. Everything from gang violence to muggings have been prevalent in the “wild south.” But, the south side of the city isn’t all bad. Some of the area’s most attractively quaint—and notably safe—neighborhoods lie to the south, with Chicago real estate that you’ll fall in love with.
Chief among these desirable southern neighborhoods is Hyde Park. Situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, Hyde Park is home to countless cultural, educational and social institutions, not to mention our sitting president called Hyde Park home for many years.
If you’ve hesitated to venture south of Roosevelt Road, it’s high time you check out Hyde Park. The diverse community has a lot to offer.
Hyde Park is home to two historic museums—The Museum of Science and Industry and the DuSable Museum of African-American history. In addition to these museums, Hyde Park also boasts some of the city’s coolest second-hand bookstores, hippest cafes and most delectable soul food joints. There are also tons of ethnic restaurants, making everything from Thai to Japanese food a short walk from your doorstep.
Hyde Park is home to, arguably, the best view of the Chicago skyline from the south. Promontory Point, a manmade peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, is connected to 57th street beach and offers absolutely stunning views of the city, particularly at night. The Point is a common hangout for University of Chicago students, as well as area residents looking to take in the sights and enjoy the lake. It’s not uncommon for the unmistakable smells of barbecue to fill the air as Hyde Parkers enjoy the benefits of city and nature colliding.
Obviously, the crown jewel of the Hyde Park neighborhood is the University of Chicago. As Chicago’s premier university, it is home to one of the best medical programs in the country, and offers area residents access to many cultural events, including plays, lectures and other campus happenings.
Because of the community’s link to the university, Hyde Park stands as one of Chicago’s most diverse areas, where you’ll spot a little bit of every demographic imaginable.
So whether you’ve just begun your house hunt, or are considering embarking on one in the near future, don’t discount southern Chicago and pay particular attention to Hyde Park. Otherwise, you could be missing out on quite a bit.