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Hyde Park is a neighborhood of Chicago.
The community is on the south side of the city, six miles from downtown Chicago.
The township of Hyde Park was annexed by the city in 1889.

The community was established in the 1850s as an exclusive suburb. Paul Cornell, an attorney, bought the first 300 acres of land in 1852.

Nearby Jackson Park was the site of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Along with the Columbian Exposition, the fouding of the University of Chicago in 1890, by John D. Rockefeller, spurred growth in the neighborhood.

To stem urban decay in the 1950s, the university bought homes in the area and sold them to faculty and staff. Many professors now live here.

Well-known residents have included:
· Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate
· Muhammad Ali, boxer
· Saul Bellow, writer
· Carl Sandburg, writer
Nearby parks & recreation: Jackson Park
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Science and Industry
Colleges and universities: University of Chicago

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