The Kenwood District developed as a pleasant residential suburb between the late 1850s and the 1880s. Dr. John A. Kennicott built the first house in Kenwood in 1856. By the 1870s, a horse-railway line operated down Cottage Grove to 55th Street and Kenwood was on its way to becoming a fashionable suburb. The country mansions built by the likes of Julius Rosenwald were immense in size, built on spacious lots and featured a diverse selection of 19th-Century architecture. The borders of Kenwood are drawn from 43rd Street on the north, to Hyde Park Boulevard on the south, and from Lake Michigan east to Cottage Grove on the west.
More than 18,000 residents enjoy living in historical Kenwood with its proximity to Chicago - one of the world?s most exciting cultural destinations. Chicago museums such as the Field Museum are world-renowned. The Oriental Institute Museum, DuSable Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry are located in nearby Hyde Park. Venues such as the Ford Center of the Performing Arts, the Shubert Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater provide outstanding entertainment.
The Chicago Park District is responsible for more than 220 outstanding facilities throughout Chicago, including the Lakefront Trail - one of the most beautiful and accessible shorelines of any city in the world. Lake Michigan?s shoreline is replete with 31 sandy beaches and 18 miles of bike paths. There are two city zoos: Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation?s last free public zoos, and Brookfield Zoo, which is located in the suburbs 14 miles west of downtown. Other destinations unique to Chicago are the Navy Pier, Sears Tower Skydeck and the Robie House.
Of course, there is shopping on Michigan Avenue?s Magnificent Mile and the 11-story, 450-department Marshall Field store with its splendid Tiffany?s dome is a city jewel. Professional sports are an institution in the Chicago area. Baseball?s Cubs play at stately Wrigley Field. The former world-champion Bulls play basketball at the state-of-the-art United Center and the Bears call majestic Soldier Field home. The historic stadium recently underwent $500 in improvements.
Perhaps one of the most important things about Chicago is its unique neighborhoods and its veritable smorgasbord of architectural styles, especially in the Kenwood District.
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