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Hyde Park is a neighborhood that flawlessly merges city living with amenities typical of smaller, less urban locations. Promontory Point provides breathtaking views of the lake while providing an oasis to picnickers and hikers to settle in and enjoy the view and the lakefront breeze. Though nature can be difficult to access in other parts of the city, Promontory Point connects Hyde Park with the park district’s Lakefront Path, allowing the enjoyment of miles of shoreline trails free of city traffic. 57th Street Beach is great for swimming and sunbathing in the summertime, and indoor recreation during Chicago’s harsh winters is easily accessed, too, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Activities from individual and organized sports to hobbies like knitting are possible in Hyde Park, where like-minded people are just around the corner.

Several festivals are held each year in Hyde Park, allowing residents to come out of the woodwork and tourists to flock to the city. Celebrate Hyde Park Music Festival, held in July, is an outdoor event featuring food, music, art and family entertainment. It is sponsored by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the South East Chicago Commission and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and is held in the Hyde Park business district, 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue to Blackstone Avenue. Other summertime festivals include the 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago’s oldest juried art fair, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, a full day of free jazz by some of Chicago’s greatest jazz musicians.

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