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Take the Trolley Survey!

The Special Service Area #61 for Hyde Park is exploring options for a free trolley service that would run along 53rd Street (from Woodlawn to Hyde Park Blvd.), on Lake Park (between 53rd and 55th), and on 55th Street between Lake Park and Hyde Park Blvd.). The goal is to enhance transportation options to support our local businesses.

The SSA commissioners felt it would be helpful to understand when people might use the trolley, for what purposes, and how often--or if they wouldn't use it, for that matter, or if they would need assistance in using it (wheelchairs or baby strollers). The survey is short (under 5 minutes), no names or phone numbers are collected, you can skip any question, but you can only take it once per computer.

To take the survey, click this link (and please share it with others):   

Would You Ride a FREE Trolley
on 53rd Street-Lake Park-55th Street?

Other issues on the SSA agenda include snow removal on the sidewalks and under the viaducts, planters on Lake Park, bringing the Farmers Market back to Harper Court, marketing a "shop local" program at Christmas, adding bike racks in the area, holiday decorations for the business district, and more.

Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month in the conference room of the Hyatt on 53rd and Harper. The meetings are open to the public, and there is a period at the end where guests are invited to speak up and raise questions or concerns. (Remember the SSA can only spend money within the boundaries of the district.)

2014-15 Commissioners of the SSA

        • James Hanson, Mesa Development
        • Michael McGarry (Chair), Hyde Park Bank
        • Mary J. Rogel (Secretary), East Point Associates
        • Tony Fox, Harper Theater
        • Gregory Guttman, director of marketing, MAC Property
        • James Hennessy, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, University of Chicago
        • Allison Hartman, president, DARE Foundation
        • Jackie Jackson, Kilwin's
        • Charles Newsome, Kimbark Plaza Cooperative Association
        • George Rumsey (Vice Chair), Computer Resource Center
        • Donna Trainor (Treasurer), UPS Store


Improving Our Community

What You Can Do

Support your neighborhood, get involved. Shop local, whenever possible. Go to meetings. Speak up, speak out, play a role. Change begins at the ground, with community input.

Key Issues

Basic services. Sensible development. Health care. Crime and safety. Jobs. Affordable and accessible housing. Stronger schools and richer libraries. Transportation. Greening the South Side.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents

George talks Uof C and "preservation."
Maroon Gray City Looks at HP Development:
The University, its real estate, and Hyde Park retail

      Frank Lloyd Wright in Kenwood

    The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference sponsored an informational forum on the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in South Kenwood in December, 2013. See for more information.

    Affordable Rental Housing in HP-K

The Coalition for Equitable Community Development unveils a detailed study of rental housing in Hyde Park and South Kenwood.
Read the executive summary Read the full report

55th Street Accessibility

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Hyde Park Disabibilities Task Force sponsored a "Walk and Roll" down 55th Street, identifying issues of accessibility and safety. Read the full disabilities report