Hyde Park, located on the South Side in Cook County is approximately seven miles south of the Chicago Loop and one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and community areas.
As a neighborhood, Hyde Park's definition has shrunk to a core area around 53rd Street and the lakefront. Today, the name Hyde Park is officially applied to the neighborhood from 51st Street to the neighborhood around the Midway Plaisance or simply The Midway (between 59th and 60th streets). The neighborhood's eastern boundary is Lake Michigan and its western boundary is Washington Park.
Like in many areas though, its boundary lines vary. Some actually consider Hyde Park to include the area between 47th and 51st Streets (East Hyde Park Boulevard) although this area is actually the south half of the Kenwood community area. Often, the area encompassing Hyde Park and South Kenwood is spoken of as Hyde Park-Kenwood.
In 2000 and 2003, Money Magazine ranked Hyde Park among the best places to live in the United States.
Among its many attractions are the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Oriental Institute and the Renaissance Society. The name originated with a township that included numerous other neighborhoods that have all been annexed by the city of Chicago. But the neighborhood’s greatest claim to fame perhaps is that it was the home of President Barack Obama for many years. The Obamas now own a home in nearby Kenwood.