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Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore Neighborhoods Walking Tour

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Chicago, Illinois

Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore Neighborhoods Walking Tour is a 10.6 mile out and back trail located near Chicago, Illinois and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 65 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Walking

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First family sites in Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore. Chicago is the adopted hometown of President Barack Obama, who gained his political bona fides, started his family and launched himself into the White House from the South Side. There are a smattering of Obama-related sites in other areas of the city. This walking tour contains the University of Chicago on the South Side is where you will get a feel for who he was and how he lived before moving to the White House.

Avoid visiting when the president is ensconced in the "Western White House" in Chicago. He rarely makes it home to Chicago, but when he does, the area goes on lockdown and it becomes difficult to maneuver around Secret Service detours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket and umbrella. Chicago weather can be unpredictable. If you're walking, you'll probably want to forego the final two stops-the Jackson Park basketball courts and South Shore Cultural Center.

Getting there: It's best to drive this tour if possible. Take Lake Shore Drive and exit at 47th Street. There are plenty of places to park your car to walk portions of the tour. If you prefer to take public transit, the Metra Electric makes two stops in Hyde Park-one serves 51st-53rd streets and the other serves 55th-57th streets. The area also is served by a number of CTA bus routes, including routes 1, 2, 6, X28, 10 and 55. Please note: The CTA has a tendency to change routes, schedules and even eliminate bus routes on a moment's notice. Visit www.transitchicago.com for the latest information on routes, schedules and recommendations for the most efficient way to get to where you are going.

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Allyson Ellis
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Easiest to take Uber to Hyde Park to his home address probably or to the University of Chicago Law School. Fun walk, friendly neighborhood. We did maybe half of it.

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Timo Newell
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Brian Taylor
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