Tune-in Thursday, March 25 when the “Your Hometown” series features Beverly!
All day long, we’ll highlight stories, facts, and places to know about in this South Side neighborhood. For instance, Beverly is home to a castle and is the highest point of elevation in the city! Get to know Beverly and find more facts below.
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Get to know Beverly:
- While Beverly is officially named “Beverly Hills”, locals just call it Beverly.
- Located 12 miles from the Loop, Beverly is part of the Blue Island Ridge, a prehistoric glacial ridge that makes this area the highest point of elevation in the city.
- In the early 1900s, a large Irish population settled in the neighborhood and Beverly became a stronghold of the city’s South Side Irish community. As such, Beverly is home of Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade and there are more Irish bars on Western Avenue in Beverly than anywhere else in the city.
- Beverly boasts unique architecture by renowned architects, including Prairie School and American System-Built homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Beverly and neighboring Morgan Park have several areas designated as a Chicago Landmark or are on the National Register of Historic Places including Ridge Historic District, Walter Burley Griffin Place District, Longwood Drive Historic District, and the Beverly/Morgan Park Railroad District.
- Chicago has a castle…and it’s located in Beverly! The Givins’ Castle, known locally as the “Irish Castle”, was built as a private residence in 1886-87 and modeled after a castle in Ireland. It has been owned by the Beverly Unitarian Church since the 1940s.
- The Walker Branch Library (11071 S. Hoyne) is a branch of the Chicago Public Library that serves Beverly and the surrounding community. The building’s exterior walls, built in 1890 in the Romanesque style, are the oldest structure owned by the Chicago Public Library.
- The Beverly Arts Center, founded in 1967, is a not-for-profit cultural center offering a variety of arts programming and entertainment.
- Beverly offers unique local shops and long-standing businesses including Original Rainbow Cone (1926) and Top Notch Beefburgers (1942).
- Notable Beverly residents include actor and comedian George Wendt (“Norm Peterson” in Cheers), actor and comedian Craig Robinson (“Darryl Philbin” in The Office), Chef Graham Elliot, and sisters and film directors best known for The Matrix trilogy, Lana and Lily Wachowski.
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