The largely residential area of Kenwood / Oakland is known throughout the city as an affluent neighborhood that is home to some of Chicago's finest and most architecturally important residences. Blending historic older homes in a variety of classic architectural styles with carefully zoned newer construction, Kenwood is a charming community that exudes an atmosphere that feels more suburban than urban. Many Kenwood and Oakland homes were built in the late 19th century by famed architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Benjamin Marshall, and many are situated on large lots. In recent years, new condo and townhouse developments and newly constructed single-family homes have attracted a growing number of newcomers to the area.
Situated just north of Hyde Park and the University of Chicago, Kenwood is also home to many of the University's professors and faculty members. In addition, the area offers a number of excellent restaurants and intriguing shops. Helping to preserve the community's unique aura, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks has designed the Oakland Multiple Resource District a conservation area, helping to preserve almost 100 of the area's beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and buildings. Kenwood / Oakland is also near the world-famous Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.