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Hyde Park has been in the news a lot in the past
couple of years, courtesy of its famous resident and our current
president. But for Jim and Jennie Poueymirou, Hyde Park isn't all
about Obama-it's the fact that on any given day you can be sitting
next to a Nobel Prize winner or a homeless person, Jim says.
"The beauty of living in Hyde Park is the diversity of
ideas, cultures, religions, incomes, ethnicity," Jim
The parents of Matthew, 4, and Nicholas, 3, Jennie is a
nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of
Chicago Hospital, while Jim works as a mortgage consultant. When it
came time to raise a family, Jim shares why they decided there was
no place better than Hyde Park.
What do you like best about the
Being able to use the University of Chicago as our
backyard. We've taught the boys about biology, very basic stuff, by
bringing them to Botany Pond where ducks and frogs and turtles are
all at. They regard the campus as their backyard, so I don't have
to be in suburbia to have a sprawling backyard. We can throw a
Frisbee or fly a kite right here.
Do you ever see President
Yes we have, he and his family add to the diversity of the
community. ... You can find almost anyone as your neighbor and
that's the pure joy.
What do you do on the
We really love the park; we love the museums. Our favorite
is the Museum of Science and Industry, from a kids' perspective,
because it has a separate kids' area. Over the holidays, MSI has
its festival of trees from all over the world. It's the cultural
diversity; you're learning about other countries and their beliefs.
Same is true with the museum campus, Field or Shedd. These are all
treasures that we have so close. That's what makes Hyde Park an
ideal family spot. You're so close to downtown, yet you're removed
from the hustle and bustle.
Favorite restaurant with the
Salonica (1440 E. 57th St.), it's sort of a mom and pop
diner, Noodles (1333 E. 57th St.), which is a Thai restaurant, and
Kikuya (1601 E. 55th St.), which is a Japanese restaurant. Being
able to share the diversity of appetites with my boys is
How about for you and Jennie? Do you do date
We like a number of restaurants. Pizza Capri (1501 E. 53rd
St.), Piccolo Mondo (1642 E. 56th St.) are very nice restaurants
for our opportunity to get out.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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