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Situated a few miles south of the Chicago Loop, the neighborhood of Kenwood offers upscale and affordable living within an area that has developed a culturally diverse and artistically influenced side.

For artists, the artistically minded and the art appreciative, Kenwood offers plenty to observe and captivate at the Hyde Park Art Center, which is located right inside the southern border of the community. The Center acts as a community conduit to the artistic world. The facility is one of Chicago's longest-standing alternative, artistic exhibition spaces, and it presents quite a few rotating exhibits, discussions and performances throughout the year. If you happen to be interested in a more hands-on approach to art, you might want to head over to the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center. This organization hosts a variety of art instruction for all ages - from the wee kindergarteners interested in popsicle-stick and finger paint collages to adults looking to try their hands (and lungs) at glass blowing. Whatever artistic medium strikes your fancy, the Little Black Pearl Center is there to accommodate.

Kenwood & Oakland

All those artistic endeavors are bound to work up an appetite. Luckily Kenwood offers a fine selection of dining options for anyone with a rumbling tummy. Original Pancake House can start you off in the mornings with all your breakfast favorites: eggs, bacon, toast, waffles and, of course, pancakes. The old-fashioned diner atmosphere is inviting and Kenwood locals love that it's the type of place where you can have your breakfast anytime of day. If you're more of a lunch and dinner enthusiast, Kenwood offers a little bit of everything. Want Chinese? Grab take-out from Fung's Chop Suey. Need that traditional Italian pizza? Italian Fiesta Pizzeria has you well covered. And if you've got a hankering for some tasty southern-style American cooking, the Lake Shore Café has all the fried chicken and blackened catfish you can handle, within a spacious banquet dining area.

Transportation options heading in and out of the neighborhood are plentiful. For those of us relying on cars to travel (a common occurrence for residents of Kenwood who appreciate the ample parking and single-family homes with garages), the scenic Lake Shore Drive runs along the community's easternmost edge, right next to the Lake Michigan shoreline. There is also relatively quick access to the expressways from Kenwood. Many residents with workweek commutes know the familiar Chicago highways all too well and from Kenwood, it's just a straight shot west to the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94). If you are more of a public transportation person, the neighborhood has many Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus stops that connect Kenwood to pretty much any other point in city of Chicago.

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Dining in Kenwood & Oakland

Kenny's Ribs and Chicken
1461 E. Hyde Park
Lake Shore Cafe
4900 S. Lake Shore
Sunset Grill
4248 S. Cottage Grove
Wong's Fried Rice
750 E. 43rd
Happy Chop Suey
4401 S. Cottage Grove
Shaan Sub
4457 S. Cottage Grove

Resources in Kenwood & Oakland

University of Chicago Physician's Group
1301 E. 47th

Entertainment in Kenwood & Oakland

South Kenwood Mansions
Dorchester & & E. 47th
King Community Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Little Black Pearl Workshop
Drexel Boulevard @ 42nd Street

Shopping in Kenwood & Oakland

Coop's Records
1350 E. 47th
1340 E. 47th
South Shore Decor
1328 E. 47th
Lake Park Pointe
47th Street and Lake Park Avenue

Schools in Kenwood & Oakland

Alcona Montesorri
4770 S. Dorchester
Harvard School
4731 S. Lake Park
Kenwood Academy
5015 S. Blackstone
Martin Luther King School
4445 S. Drexel
Price Elementary
4351 S. Drexel
Robinson Elementary
4225 S. Lake Park
Shoesmith Elementary
1330 E. 50th
St. Ambrose Catholic School
1014 E. 47th