"Wide open" describes both Hyde Park's vistas and its attitude. From the gardens of the Midway Plaisance to the blazing sunrises over Lake Michigan, from the golf course in Jackson Park to the historic mansions lining Woodlawn Avenue, Hyde Park offers remarkable views.
Since the days of the World's Columbian Exposition and the opening of the University of Chicago in 1893, people of every race, religion, culture, and ethnicity have enjoyed such views of Hyde Park. Today the community is considered a model of successful urban integration.
This environment has long fostered a culture of challenge and discovery. From Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi to Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, Hyde Park residents have a tradition of speaking out, breaking barriers, and changing the world.