|— Community area —|
|Community Area 39 - Kenwood|
|• Total||1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)|
|• Density||16,000/sq mi ( 6,300/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP Codes||parts of 60615 and 60653|
|Median household income||$39,371|
|Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services|
Kenwood, located along Lake Michigan on the South Side of the City of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the 77 well-defined Chicago community areas. Kenwood was part of Hyde Park Township, which was annexed by the City of Chicago in 1889. Kenwood was once one of the most elite neighborhoods in Chicago and contains some of the largest homes in the city. It includes two Chicago Landmark districts, Kenwood and North Kenwood. Burnham Park runs along Kenwood's lakefront. A large part of the southern part of this region is in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District. In recent years, the neighborhood has received national attention as the home of United States President Barack Obama.
Kenwood was settled in the 1850s by individuals seeking respite from the increasing congestion of Chicago. The first of these residents was Dr. John A. Kennicott, who built his home near the Illinois Central Railroad tracks at 48th Street. He named the home Kenwood after his ancestral land in Scotland, and when the Illinois Central built a small depot near 47th Street, they named the station Kenwood as well. Shortly afterwards, the name Kenwood came to be applied to the area of land between 43rd Street and 51st Street, and from the lake west to Cottage Grove Avenue.
The southeast portion of Kenwood includes the Indian Village neighborhood, which features the Chicago Landmark Powhatan Apartments and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-designated Narragansett. The NRHP site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel, now Regents Park, is also in the neighborhood. The tallest building in Kenwood is the South Tower of Regents Park.
The 1902 Blackstone Library is another well-known landmark in the neighborhood. It continues to be part of the Chicago Public Library system. The recently reopened Hyde Park Art Center, located on Cornell Avenue just north of 51st Street and East Hyde Park Boulevard, is Chicago's oldest alternative exhibition space, with an on-site school and studio and an extensive outreach program.
Chicago Public Schools in Kenwood include Kenwood Academy, Canter Middle School, King College Prep High School, Ariel Community Academy, and Beula Shoesmith Elementary School. Private Schools in Kenwood include the Ancona Montessori School, Cambridge School of Chicago, Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, and Hales Franciscan High School.
Hyde Park Kenwood 
Notable residents 
Notable Kenwood residents have included:
- President Barack Obama
- First Lady Michelle Obama
- Muhammad Ali
- Barbara Bowman
- James Bowman
- Carol Moseley Braun
- David "Honeyboy" Edwards
- Louis Farrakhan
- Valerie Jarrett
- Edward Levi
- Ann Marie Lipinski
- Blues singer Muddy Waters lived at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave.
- Elijah Muhammad
- Mandy Patinkin
- Maurice Rabb
- Julius Rosenwald
- Bill Veeck
- Famous murderers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb lived in Kenwood, as did their victim, Bobby Franks.
Kenwood neighborhood's buildings as seen from Promontory Point
Front of Blackstone Library
The Rainbow/PUSH Headquarters
Regents Park are the tallest buildings in Kenwood.
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Census Data". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "Encyclopedia of Chicago - Kenwood". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Indian Village, Chicago". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- "Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference".
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Chicago Community Areas Historical Data. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
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