Beverly, Chicago

Beverly is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, on the South Side at the southwestern edge of the city. The borders are 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.

Sparsely settled until the late 19th century, Beverly was developed by business interests from Chicago,[2] encouraged by the completion in 1889 of the Rock Island Railroad suburban line that runs parallel with the eastern edge of the Blue Island ridge. Its position on the ridge allowed the community to become an exclusive streetcar suburb, and the homes and large lots reflect this.[3]

Community Area 72 - Beverly
Welcome to Beverly
Beverly Hills
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.7100°N 87.6800°WCoordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.7100°N 87.6800°W
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.20 sq mi (8.29 km2)
 • Total20,815[1]
Demographics (2015)[1]
 • White55.75%
 • Black34.86%
 • Hispanic6.79%
 • Asian0.49%
 • Other2.11%
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
Parts of 60620, 60643, 60655
Median income$90,766[1]
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services


North Blue Island

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,[4] denoting its relationship to the village of Blue Island, which was settled in 1836 and is located a few miles to the south.


Historical population
Census Pop.

The neighborhood's roots are largely English and Protestant but is now home to a large Irish-American/Catholic community and many Irish establishments. Prior to European American settlement the area was home to the Potawatomi Indians, who in 1833, after the Black Hawk War, were moved west of the Mississippi River by the federal government.[6][7] The community (along with Morgan Park to the south) is the home of the South Side Irish Parade, which is held every year on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick's Day. It hails as 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]

It has the highest percentage of Black residents among white-majority neighborhoods in the city.[10]


The top 5 employing industry sectors of Beverly residents are education (18.3%), public administration (13.4%), health care (12.6%), professional (7.2%) and retail trade (7.0%). A plurality of the workforce works in the surrounding suburbs with the remainder working in the central business district. A small number of Beverly residents work in the community area. The top 5 employing industry sectors within the community are retail trade (15.0%), healthcare (14.2%), education (13.4%), accommodation and food (13.2%) and administration (6.9%). Half of these workers reside outside of Chicago.[1]


There are four Catholic parishes: St. Barnabas, Christ the King, St. John Fisher, and St. Cajetan. 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 (closed in 2017), Mount Assisi Academy (closed in 2014); and co-educational Marist Catholic high school. Sutherland, Clissold, Barnard and Kellogg are the public elementary schools. Vanderpoel is a magnet public elementary school.


In the 2016 presidential election, Beverly cast 6,384 votes for Hillary Clinton and cast 1,850 votes Donald Trump.[11] In the 2012 presidential election, Beverly cast 8,437 votes for Barack Obama and 2,914 votes for Mitt Romney.[12]

At the local level, Beverly is located in Chicago's 19th ward represented by Democrat Matt O'Shea.[13]


The 91st St station, 95th St station, 99th St station, 103rd St station, and the 107th St station on the Rock Island District line provide commuter rail service.[14]

Notable people

Shannon Smith, American writer published play writer December 24, 1979


Givens Castle 1890

The residence of developer Robert G.Givens (1886), 10244 S. Longwood Drive. "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.

Beverly Hills May 10, 1891 p10 (2)

An advertisement from the Chicago Daily Tribune that appeared on May 10, 1891 extolling the advantages of living in Beverly Hills.[28]

Kerfoot Beverly Hills-Longwood ad November 24, 1889 p13

Advertisement from the Chicago Daily Tribune, November 24, 1889, advertising lots for sale in Longwood, Beverly, and the surrounding region. The area at the northern end of the ridge was first known as "the long wood", and the name of Longwood as an area of Beverly and by extension the roadway Longwood Drive perpetuates this early history.[29] The real estate firm of Samuel H. Kerfoot (1823-1896)[30] claims the distinction of being the first business to re-open in the burnt district after the Great Fire of 1871[31]

Horace Horton house

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. This house 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 by McKim, Mead & White (1886).[32]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Hallas, Jon, ed. (June 2017). "MetroPulse Community Data Snapshot: Beverly" (PDF). Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Advertisement for Longwood and Beverly plats by Galloway, Lyman and Patton, realtors". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 12. April 30, 1890.
  3. ^ Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff (1996). The Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. p. 77. ISBN 0226310159.
  4. ^ Szucs, Loretto (1986). Chicago and Cook County sources: a genealogical and historical guide. New York: Ancestry Publishing. p. 75.
  5. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  6. ^ Oswald, Joseph C. (2003). Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing. p. 9.
  7. ^ Foerstner, Abigail (September 2, 1987). "Where The Potawatomis Roamed Beverly, Morgan Park Evolved Around Old Indian Trail". Where The Potawatomis Roamed: Beverly, Morgan Park Evolved Around Old Indian Trail. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  8. ^ South Side Irish Parade website Archived February 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Beverly Public Library site Archived April 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  11. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 9, 2016). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2016 Presidential Election". Chicago, Illinois: Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 7, 2012). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2012 Presidential Election". Chicago, Illinois: Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Connolly, Colleen (February 6, 2015). "Get to Know Your Ward: 19th Ward". Ward Room. WMAQ-TV. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rock Island District (RI)". Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b Garmes, Kyle. "Castle stars in TBS show with George Wendt". Beverly Review. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  16. ^ Thomas, Patrick. "Committee picks Cunningham". Beverly Review. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Hinz, Greg (October 26, 1996). "Behind the Scenes, It's a Hynes vs Ryan Election". Crain's Chicago Business. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  18. ^ Cherone, Heather (August 3, 2017). "Beverly's John Lausch Is Trump's Pick For U.S. Attorney For Chicago". DNAinfo. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  19. ^ Fredricks, Scott (June 23, 2015). "Beverly native captures AHL championship". The Beverly Review. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Megan, Graydon (March 10, 2016). "Morgan Murphy Jr., former congressman, dies at 83". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  21. ^ Garmes, Kyle (December 29, 2017). "Local headlines reflect joys, sorrows of community". Beverly Review. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Metz, Nina (May 9, 2013). "'Peeples' star Craig Robinson's full plate may get even fuller". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  23. ^ "M. Suthers; long on city's election board". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. February 11, 1983. p. 8.
  24. ^ Tyree, James (April 28, 2010). "Interview with James C. Tyree, Mesirow CEO and Sun-Times investor" (Interview). Interviewed by Jeff Bailey. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Magazine. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  25. ^ Lambert, Dan (November 8, 2013). "Former Beverly Resident Paul Vallas Tapped as Gov. Quinn's Running Mate". The Beverly Patch. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  26. ^ Hemon, Alexander (September 10, 2012). "Beyond the Matrix". The New Yorker. New York, New York. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  27. ^ Gathright, Jenny (November 22, 2017). "Jamila Woods And The Poetry Of Black Love". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "Advertisement for B.A. Ulrich & Son". Chicago Daily Tribune: 10. May 10, 1891.
  29. ^ Martin, William (1948). Chicago Streets. The Chicago History Museum. p. 91.
  30. ^ "Samuel H. Kerfoot Dead - Pioneer Real Estate Man Passes Away at his Home". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 1. December 29, 1896.
  31. ^ Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade (1973). Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 118. ISBN 0226512746.
  32. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice (2004). AIA Guide to Chicago - 2nd Edition. Orlando: HarcourtBooks. p. 481.

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