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North Kenwood
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

North Kenwood Overview

North Kenwood Park is a part of Kenwood.

This classy south side Chicago neighborhood is rapidly reviving itself to its former glory. Once coined the “Lake Forest of the South Side,” Kenwood is flanked with landmark buildings and breathtaking homes designed by influential architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Kenwood is associated with another name that has gained worldwide recognition in recent years, Barack Obama. He and his family live in the upscale section of the neighborhood where million-dollar properties are the norm. Other areas of Kenwood offer more affordable real estate in the way of condominiums and three-bedroom single-family houses. Along with a growing commercial district, Kenwood has established itself as a center for the arts. A couple design and art galleries are located in the community, supplying residents and other Chicagoans with venues to exhibit their creative talents and educational opportunities to fine tune those artistic skills.

North Kenwood History

The community of Kenwood, located about six miles south of downtown Chicago, ranks as one the city’s best examples of premier architecture from the earlier part of the 20th century. The old school 'McMansions' of Kenwood give us a glimpse of the neighborhood’s former elite status that flourished in the early 1900s.

The area’s earliest European settler, Dr. John A. Kennicott, constructed a sprawling weekend getaway in 1856 and called it Kenwood—named after his mother’s hometown in Scotland. In 1871, the Chicago Fire further ignited the residential development of the small community as folks moved to the outer reaches of the city for real estate undamaged by the fire’s wrath. Within a few years, super-sized homes were a common fixture in the south side neighborhood. An interesting—and creepy—tidbit of history: infamous murderers Leopold and Loeb, both from affluent families and students of the prestigious University of Chicago, lived in Kenwood, as did their victim Bobby Franks who was killed 1924.

By 1919 Kenwood’s glory days had reached their peak, and the period following saw the area quickly falling into decline as many of the vacated single-family homes were converted to multi-family apartments. Three decades later, Kenwood had evolved from a white-collar neighborhood to a working-class one as it embraced newly arrived immigrants (during the post World War II population surge) and low-income, mainly African American families. It wasn’t until the 1960s, a decade after the birth of the Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC), an organization made up of local residents, that action to save the decaying community took place.

It would take Kenwood another 30 years before the neighborhood witnessed a noticeable shift from the disheartening scene of numerous vacant lots and neglected buildings. Today, Kenwood’s ambitious urban renewal plan is rapidly restoring itself to meet the needs of a new generation of residents made up of working professionals.

Dream Town Knows North Kenwood

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in North Kenwood. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your North Kenwood home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The North Kenwood Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the North Kenwood area.

School Type Grade Rating

Kenwood Academy High School

5015 South Blackstone Ave - public

Middle - High 7-12
8

King College Prep High School

4445 South Drexel Boulevard - public

High 9-12
9

Murray Elementary Language Academy

5335 South Kenwood Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Beethoven Elementary School

25 West 47th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Fiske Elementary School

6020 South Langley Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Fuller Elementary School

4214 South Saint Lawrence Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Ray Elementary School

5631 South Kimbark Avenue - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-7
5

Sherwood Elementary School

245 West 57th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy

249 East 37th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Parkman Elementary School

245 West 51st St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sexton Elementary School

6020 South Langley Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High 3-12
NR

Ancona School

4770 S Dorchester Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic-Day

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic - Int

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Holy Angels Catholic School

750 East 40th Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Burke Elementary School

5356 South King Dr - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Reavis Elementary Math & Sci Spec School

834 East 50th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Shoesmith Elementary School

1330 East 50th St - public

Elementary K-6
5

Woodson South Elementary School

4414 South Evans Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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