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The Heart of Hyde Park

A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship between Hyde Park Small Businesses and the University of Chicago

Project Lead:

Lisa Raj Singh


Anthony M. Calixto, Chritina Gao, Daniel Kind, Reese C. Villazor


Small businesses are an integral component of their community – a role that has become increasingly impacted by external forces from the pandemic to gentrification of neighborhoods. Literature examining Chicago’s Hyde Park is virtually non-existent. This student project seeks to illuminate the role of small businesses in our community through a research paper and film. Interweaving the voices of small business owners with student survey responses, we provide an introduction into the small business community of Hyde Park and their nuanced relationship with the University of Chicago.

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