Residents of Chicago will tell visitors that Beverly, a neighborhood on the city’s south side, is famous for two things: fabulous architecture and a strong Irish heritage, which is evidenced today by a large number of Irish pubs.
Located on the southwestern edge of the city, on its highest elevation, Beverly (actually named Beverly Hills) was built as an upscale “streetcar suburb,” and its homes and lots are appropriately large and elegant. Within the area are four homes by Frank Lloyd Wright. Most homes are built along the Ridge, a wooded hill that was once a glacier, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beverly is one of the top five largest historic districts in any major city in the US.
From 103rd to 111th Street, along the west side of Western Avenue, visitors find pubs with names like O’Rourke, Keegan, McNally and O’Leary.
The Beverly Arts Center is home to live performances, classes in visual and performing arts, occasional exhibits and the Chicago Irish Film Festival. The Ridge Park Fieldhouse contains the Vanderpoel Art Collection, featuring selected works by Maxfield Parrish and Mary Cassatt.
Although Beverly remains a peaceful, quiet, wooded community, the neighborhood offers easy access to Chicago’s financial markets, shopping, airports and attractions. The Chicago Public Schools system operates the area’s public schools, which include Kellogg, Clissold, Barnard, and Sutherland. The neighborhood public high school is Morgan Park High School. There are also a number of Catholic schools in Beverly.