Beverly Neighborhood in Chicago
The Beverly neighborhood in Chicago is located on the South Side on the southwestern edge of the city. The borders are (roughly) 87th Street on the north; Beverly Avenue, Hale Avenue and Vincennes Road on the east; 107th Street on the south; and Francisco Avenue and Western Avenue on the west.
Beverly has quick access (by public transport or car) to Chicago downtown for commuters and attractions. However, it 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.
This 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. Known for its spacious homes, tree-lined streets, and racially integrated population, Beverly has retained its reputation as one of Chicago’s most stable middle-class residential districts.
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Beverly has amenities such as great restaurants, the Beverly Art Center and the new Morgan Park Sports Center which includes an ice rink. There is also a newer branch of the Chicago public library system, and a Metra train stop for easy access to downtown.
A block off the main streets, the neighborhoods are frozen in time, with modest bungalows and brick Tudors snuggled between over sized Spanish-style and sweeping Prairie Style houses. Beverly is a study in residential architecture from the 1860s to the 1940s. Few new houses have been built since then, save for the occasional 1950s or ’60s ranch.
Century-old churches anchor the neighborhood and add to its architectural diversity. They include the iconic Givens Castle (now a Unitarian church), built in 1886 to mimic an Irish castle.
Beverly boasts three locally designated landmark districts: Longwood Drive District, Walter Burley Griffin Place District and the Beverly/Morgan Railroad District. The Ridge Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Beverly has five houses that are Chicago landmarks, including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built houses. Beverly’s houses were designed by architects including Wright, Edward Dart, Howard Van Doren Shaw, George Maher and Walter Burley Griffin.