Beverly - Chicago neighborhood
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Beverly Hills (or Beverly) is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located
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 is located on the highest elevation and is among the three safest and wealthiest
neighborhoods in the City of 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.
Beverly is the only area in the City of Chicago with a terrain containing hills. Prior to
settlement, it was known as Blue Island, a name now used by a suburb a few miles to the
south. The blue color has been variously attributed to atmospheric scattering or to blue
flowers growing on the ridge.
Beverly was home of the South Side Irish Parade, which was held on the Sunday prior to St.
Patrick's Day, the largest neighborhood parade of any type in the country. The neighborhood
currently is home to more Irish-style pubs than any other in Chicago. The Beverly Arts Center
is the location for the Chicago Irish Film Festival. There is a replica of a castle from Ireland in
Beverly, which was constructed in the late 19th century when an American businessman,
Robert Givens, was trying to convince his Irish fiancee to move to the United States, and so
had a duplicate of her family castle built with stone from the same quarry. The "Givens
Castle" (see photo) at 10244 S. Longwood Drive, has been a home, an all-girls college, and
is now a Unitarian church and pre-school.
The Beverly Branch Library has the largest Irish heritage collection in Chicago. This Beverly
Branch opened a new facility in June of 2009 that 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.
The Rotary Club was formed in Beverly at the home of Paul P. Harris on Longwood Drive, and
today the house is owned by that organization.
Beverly has several of Chicago's top rated public elementary schools: Kellogg, Clissold,
Barnard, and Sutherland. The neighborhood public high school is Morgan Park HS. Many
students leave the neighborhood to attend Whitney M. Young Magnet HS and Walter Payton
Beverly has five Catholic parishes: St. Barnabas, Christ the King, St. Walter, St. Cajetan, and
St. John Fisher. Beverly also is a main drawing ground for many of the area's all-boys
schools (Mt. Carmel, Brother Rice, St. Rita, St. Laurence, De La Salle); all-girls schools
(Mother McAuley, Queen of Peace, Mount Assisi Academy, Maria); and co-educational (St.
Ignatius, Marist) Catholic high schools.
Notable residents have included: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Paul P.Harris
(founder of The Rotary Club started in Beverly Hills neighborhood, Chicago) , Louis
Farrakhan, Buddy Guy, Bryant/Greg Gumbel, Muhammed Ali's family.
- Total 21,992
Population down 1.76% from 1990
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