From Muddy Waters to Muhammad Ali and longtime White Sox owner Bill Veeck, some of Chicago's best have called Kenwood home. This remarkable neighborhood on the city's South Side was once a refuge for Chicago's elite who, to escape the clamor of downtown Chicago, built enormous homes on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Today, Kenwood gracefully echoes its lavish beginnings with historic streets, official Landmarks and an ever-growing commercial district.
For the architecture buff, Kenwood vaunts an impressive collection of Art Deco high-rises from the early twentieth century. Walking through the neighborhood's Indian Village district, visitors are greeted by the Powhatan Apartments and the Chicago Beach Hotel (now Regents Park), which are both recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.Artistically inclined visitors will be amazed by the Hyde Park Art Center, a community center that offers major exhibitions and a lively calendar of must-see events. If taking in the celebrated works of local artists gives you an appetite, the nearby Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe is considered by many to be one of the city's top delis.