West Beverly, Chicago

Community area
Community Area 72 - Beverly

The Robert G.Givens house, 10244 S. Longwood Drive, 1886. "The Castle", shown here in a period photograph, has become the symbol of the Beverly neighborhood and has been the home of the Beverly Unitarian Church since 1942.

Location within the city of Chicago

Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.7100°N 87.6800°W / 41.7100; -87.6800Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.7100°N 87.6800°W / 41.7100; -87.6800

Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 3.20 sq mi (8.29 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,034
 • Density 6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Demographics (2010)[1]
 • White 58.82%
 • Black 34.13%
 • Hispanic 4.57%
 • Asian 0.56%
 • Other 1.92%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes Parts of 60620, 60643, 60655
Median income[2] $83,092
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services
Historical population
Census Pop.

Beverly (or Beverly Hills) is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the South Side on the southwestern edge of the city. Beverly Hills was built by English engineers as an exclusive streetcar suburb and the homes and large lots reflect this historic distinction. Beverly Hills is located on the highest elevation in the City of Chicago. Beverly is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.


Beverly has quick access (by public transport or car) to all of the Chicago financial markets, shopping, airports, and attractions, yet retains itself as a peaceful and quiet wooded community. Beverly is one of the top five largest historic districts in any major city in the USA. The particular trains that are accessed by the Beverly community are provided from Metra's Rock Island line.[5]

North Blue Island

Beverly's architecture

Beverly features the work of many notable architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, George Washington Maher, Harry Waterman, Robert Seyfarth, Tallmadge and Watson and Walter Burley Griffin. The house above (left) at 10200 S. Longwood Drive was built in 1890 by Horace Horton, the owner of Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. It was designed by John G. Long, who was inspired by the H.A.C. Taylor house in Newport, Rhode Island (right) by McKim, Mead & White (1886).[6]

Beverly is one of few areas in the City of Chicago that features a hilly terrain. This geography is due to its location in the middle of the geological formation known as the blue island ridge. In its early years of settlement this area as well as Morgan Park to the south was known as North Blue Island,[7] denoting its relationship to the village of Blue Island, which was settled in 1836 and is located a few miles to the south.


The neighborhood's roots are largely English and Protestant but is now home to a large Irish-American/Catholic community and many Irish establishments. The area is home of the South Side Irish Parade, which is held on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick's Day, the largest neighborhood parade of any type in the country.[8]

The neighborhood currently is home to more Irish-style pubs than any other in Chicago. There is a house whose design was inspired by castles from the builder's native Ireland. The Beverly Branch Library has the largest Irish heritage collection in Chicago. This branch opened a new facility in June 2009 which has a new LEED certified design and engineering. Beverly Branch houses a bronze sculpture by Virginio Ferrari entitled Two Lovers; additional art has been commissioned for the new branch. Artwork was funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program.[9]

During World War II, Beverly served as a peaceful sanctuary for wounded officers in the Allied Forced of many nations who were in recovery.


Some families move to Beverly in order to provide their children with a private school education defined by Catholic Parish boundaries. St. Barnabas Grammar School is an elite private Catholic school.

There are three Catholic parishes: St. Barnabas, Christ the King, and St. John Fisher. Beverly is a main drawing ground for many of the Chicago area's all-boys schools (Brother Rice, Mt. Carmel, St. Rita, St. Laurence), all-girls schools (Mother McAuley, Queen of Peace, Mount Assisi Academy, Maria); and co-educational Marist Catholic high school. Ridge Academy is also in Beverly.[10]


  • Cullen, Maureen. "Chicago Sun-Times. July 13, 2007. S1 Front.
  • Sherrod, Pamela. "Chicago Sun-Times. December 9, 2001. Home & Garden 3.

External links

Chicago portal
Illinois portal
  • Official City of Chicago Beverly Community Map

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