In 1853, Hyde Park was established as a modest commuter neighborhood with frequent train service to downtown.In the 1890s, the combined effects of annexation to the City, the World’s Columbian Exposition and the establishment of the University of Chicago triggered a wave of development in Hyde Park and Woodlawn.After the devastation brought by the Chicago Fire of 1871, the central business district, known affectionately as “the Loop,” was rebuilt throughout the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s.This process gave birth to the skyscraper through the use of the steel structural skeleton.
Today, it is predominantly an African American neighborhood and residents have recently renewed efforts to revitalize the business district near 63rd and Halsted.
With nearly 100,000 residents, Lakeview includes several of Chicago's most well-known neighborhoods, entertainment districts and cultural attractions.
Highlights include Wrigley Field, Boystown, Graceland Cemetery and Chicago's largest off-Loop theater district.
Douglas—sits just blocks from the massive former Sears, Roebuck & Co. As one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country, the Gold Coast has been home to Chicago’s civic and business elite for more than a century.
It is particularly notable for its late 19th-century mansions, many of which have been repurposed as cultural institutions.