Community Area: Kenwood

Townhomes in Kenwood


About Kenwood

Kenwood is a historic community located just four miles south of the city of Chicago along Lake Michigan. The neighborhood has received national attention as the hometown of President Barack Obama.

The neighborhood's history dates back to the 1850s when affluent Chicagoans built homes in the area. Kenwood ultimately got its name thanks to one of its first residents, John A. Kennicott, who named his home Kenwood after his ancestral land in Scotland. The city of Chicago annexed Kenwood in 1889.

Kenwood is known for its many architecturally significant properties and historical mansions. Housing options range from landmark historic districts to stately single-family homes and new-construction high rise condominiums, lofts, town homes and rental apartments. The average sales price for a single-family home in Kenwood was $737,537 in 2012, while the average condominium cost $125,609 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).

Residents of the community attend top-notch Chicago public schools, including the nationally-ranked Kenwood Academy. Transportation to and from Kenwood is very convenient, with CTA ‘L' stations located nearby, as well as Lake Shore Drive.

With Hyde Park located just south of Kenwood, residents have access to an eclectic shopping scene and a wide variety of restaurants and recreation opportunities. In addition to President Obama, the area has been home to many notable Americans over the years including Muhammad Ali, Mahalia Jackson, Saul Bellow and Clarence Darrow.