Just north of academic Hyde Park and along the Lake Michigan Shore, Kenwood is a burgeoning neighborhood with a strong-willed community. Many famous individuals have come from the ranks of Kenwood including: Muddy Waters, Michelle & Barack Obama, Louis Armstrong, and Muhammad Ali.

The train is the main artery of this neighborhood, connecting it to both downtown Chicago and northwest Indiana.  Along the residential streets, you will find opulent single-family gray and brownstones, high-rises near the lake, and common Chicago brick apartment buildings. The main drags are full of life- restaurants, music joints, and more.

Kenwood was once the original south suburb of Chicago as the wealthy flocked south to escape the busy streets of Streeterville and the Gold Coast. Rand McNally called it the Lake Forest of the South. Today, it still provides a respite from that hurriedness. Quaint, but still a part of the city. Tucked away, but very much alive with culture.

Get to know Kenwood a bit better with some of our favorite places:



  • New age Chicago Furniture
    Family-owned shop furnishing Chicago homes since 1910.
  • Surri Design
    This woman-owned jewelry boutique has all the fancy baubles.
  • Kilimanjaro
    Fine African arts and crafts are found at this bazaar of a shop.
  • Recycled Modern
    Modern art, furniture and housewares all designed by local artists.
  • Small Shop
    This bicycles shop is dedicated to providing affordable bikes and annual tune ups.


  • Intonation Music
    This NPO is dedicated to teaching kids the fun and theory of music.
  • Room 43
    This event space offers some great live music- but keep your eyes peeled for tickets.
  • Hyde Park Records
    Get your groove on at this fun and eclectic record store with tons of variety!
  • Haven Entertainment Center
    Live venue for Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk and more!
  • The Promontory
    The hottest music clubs in the area, there is always something diverse here.

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