Hyde Park
Hyde Park's Information
Type: City Park
Rating: 2 Stars
Location: 339 Woodlawn Avenue (University Campus)
Fame: Monumental Fountain, Art Fair, Parade
Atmosphere: Relaxing
Owner(s): City of Chicago
Manager(s): N/A
Employee(s): N/A
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Description

Hyde Park is located right on Lake Michigan, and borders the University of Chicago. Although it's not only a park but also a subdivision that houses more than sixty-two percent of the University's faculty and nearly all of its students; as such, it is one of the most successful racially and economically integrated communities in the United States.

The 'park' is itself riddled with parks. Several restaurants, museums, and gardens help to cultivate the area in a distinct atmosphere. The air is scented with the smells of flowers in spring time, and fresh water-purified air throughout the year. Trees, foliage, benches, tables, and works of art dot the landscape, intermingling with the places of residence. In June the Art Fair attracts national attention, as does the parade on the fourth of July.

Monumental Fountain

One of the oldest fountains in Hyde park, this Victorian wonder was chosen for refurbishment by the city of Chicago in 2004 due to its unusual nature. The fountain, formed mostly of bronze and stone, is a Roman nymphaeum. The stone rotunda is decorated with stone statuary depicting three women in Roman dress pouring water out of urns. Not only do these urns spill water into the fountain's basin, but 'leaping' bronze fish also spout into the air in artful arcs. The basin is a large oval with the rotunda as its centerpiece. From 2004 to 2005, no water moved through the ornament as the city rerouted piping and polished some of the corrosion away from the bronze. Now, heated water passes through the fountain in colder months to allow it to entertain and inspire year-round.

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