Getting Started in Historic South Park

South Park Walking Tour/Getting Started in Historic South Park
Chicago Studies at the University of Chicago
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Audio Commentary:

South Park: Getting Started

This tour was created by John Mark Hansen, Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and author of "The City in a Garden: A Guide to the History of Hyde Park and Kenwood."
South Park: Getting Started (Audio for Desktop)

Welcome to this tour of the southeast corner of Hyde Park, the portion historically known as South Park. This is a self-guided tour with my narration, plus photos and maps. My purpose in doing it is to get you out of the house, take in the fresh air, have a look around the neighborhood, maybe notice a few things you’ve never noticed before. If you’re away from Chicago or unable to get out, you can also enjoy the tour—and the neighborhood—vicariously. We’re going to begin at 57th & Lake Park, the historical place of origin of South Park.

At each of the stops on this amble around the neighborhood, I’ll narrate something of the historical significance, accompanied by contemporary and historical photos and illustrations. At the end, I’ll announce the next stop and invite you to pause the recording. In some cases, I will have commentary for you to listen to as you move to the next place, and I will announce that too. At the pauses, an address and an image will remind you of the next destination. If you tap/click the photo, it will reveal the full image and caption. The entire tour is about a mile and a half in distance and the commentary totals 50 minutes. During much of the narration, particularly after the first few stops, you can listen while in motion. The estimated time is 75 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon your pace and your inclination for pauses. Of course, the tour need not be completed all at once. You may pause now; when you are at the corner of 57th & Lake Park, advance to the post entitled, "57th and Lake Park, Part 1."

Walking the tour? Click below to open an interactive map of the entire tour, with each stop highlighted and ordered.
South Park Walking Tour Map and Directions

A NOTE FROM CHICAGO STUDIES: This tour's content is just a peek into Dr. Hansen's rich telling of the histories of Hyde Park-Kenwood, "The City in a Garden" (2019). If you are interested in learning more about this neighborhood, his book is available at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and the UChicago Bookstore.

South Park Walking Tour

Getting Started in Historic South Park

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