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‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Recovery and Development in Hyde Park
Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side is well known as a diverse community with a long history of notable residents and a wide array of cultural offerings.
It is home to the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, and of course, the University of Chicago. In the coming years, i’’ll have a high profile neighbor in the form of the Obama Presidential Center.
Hyde Park also has a commercial corridor that’s seen big changes with more still to come.
The community’s 53rd Street is home to many locally-owned shops, nightlife spots and restaurants. There’s been some turnover during COVID, but a lot of the small businesses have hung on — even though they’re still facing challenges.
The local chamber of commerce said staffing shortages mean some restaurants are only open for dinner, or not open all week.
“To balance that with customers — whether or not you have a lot of customers coming in, and you can support the amount of customers that want to come in and eat … the retail shops are kind of in that same boat too. They would love to have more people walking in,” said Phil Moy, executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown Hyde Park Chicago is a socially-dynamic and entertaining retail corridor that welcomes residents, visitors and tourists with tasty bites, healthy lifestyles, unique stores, comfortable hotel stays, and positive energy.
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