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Patrick's People and Places visits your neighborhood: Hyde Park

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Patrick's People and Places will be doing something different in the coming weeks – we're going on the road! Good Day is looking for interesting people and places that make your neighborhood special.

FOX 32's first stop? Hyde Park. This iconic Chicago neighborhood boasts a rich history, awesome food - especially from Valois Restaurant - and a bright future.

Kenwood Academy High School's kids are a great example!

Located on Chicago's South Side, Hyde Park is situated between 51st and 59th Streets and from Lake Michigan to Washington Park.

It is a vibrant place, rich in history, commerce, religion, diversity and culture. Long-time resident Carlos told FOX 32 News that Hyde Park has much to offer, having the feel of a suburb in a bustling city.

Hyde Park was established in 1853, intended to be an escape from the rapidly growing downtown area, which is seven miles. During that time, they made the trip by horse and buggy or by train on the Illinois Central Rail Road.

The University of Chicago opened its doors in 1891 through a grant by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. The school produced many laureates, Nobel prize winners and the creation of the world's first controlled nuclear reaction, spearheaded by Enrico Fermi.

Two short years later, Hyde Park gained international acclaim with the Colombian exposition. Millions of visitors came to the white city - and many stayed! The Museum of Science and Industry is the only building left from that time.

Hyde Park has been the home to Americans of great distinction and character. In the aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Mary Todd Lincoln and her sons lived at what is now the Hampton house. So did Chicago mayor Harold Washington and Amelia Earhart, Saul Bellow,

President Barack Obama and the irrepressible Muhammad Ali

President Obama was a regular customer at the Hyde Park Hair Salon, and as a little boy, so was Muhammad Ali. Residents would often see the champ around the neighborhood, a perfect fit for this classic Chicago neighborhood.

Where do you think Patrick Elwood should go next week? Do you have a favorite neighborhood or suburb you think he should visit?

Visit the FOX Chicago News Facebook page and tell us who we should talk to and where we should go! Patrick may be able to make one of your suggestions one of his stops on the road!

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