Beverly, Chicago

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Community Area 72 - Beverly Hills
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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°W / 41.7100; -87.6800Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.7100°N 87.6800°W / 41.7100; -87.6800
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.20 sq mi (8.29 km2)
 • Total20,815[1]
 • Density6,503.1/sq mi (2,510.85/km2)
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

Beverly is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, on the Far Southwest Side 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 incorporated as part of the Village of Washington Heights in 1874 and began development by business interests from Chicago.[2] The area was annexed by the city of Chicago in 1890 [3] and continued to grow with the completion in the Rock Island Railroad that runs parallel along the eastern edge of the Blue Island ridge to its terminus at LaSalle Street Station in the Loop district of downtown Chicago. Beverly's situation along on the ridge allowed the community to become an exclusive streetcar community with the homes and large lots reflecting this.[4]


North Blue Island[edit]

Beverly is one of few areas in the City of Chicago that features an elevation in terrain due to its location in the middle of the geological formation known as the Blue Island Ridge. In its early years of settlement Beverly, as well as neighboring Morgan Park directly to the south, were collectively known as North Blue Island,[5] in order to distinguish it from the village of Blue Island, bordering Chicago to the south.


Historical population
Census Pop.

Prior to European American settlement the area was home to Potawatomi people, who in 1833, after the Black Hawk War, were moved west of the Mississippi River by the federal government.[7][8] Beverly's early Caucasian settlement was largely English and Protestant, but by the early 20th Century a large influx of Irish Americans began to arrive in the neighborhood and the construction of several Catholic church parishes and business establishments saw Beverly develop into a stronghold of the city's South Side Irish community. The collective Beverly Morgan Park area is the home of the South Side Irish Parade, which is held every year on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick's Day. It has been hailed as the largest neighborhood parade of any type in the country, and one of the largest Irish celebrations outside of Dublin.[9] Arguably the most notable architectural feature in Beverly, Givins Irish Castle, is located between Longwood Drive and South Seely Avenue at the intersection of West 103rd Street. Currently owned by the Beverly Unitarian Church, Robert Givins originally built the now famous landmark as his own private residence, inspired by castles from his native Ireland.[10]

Beverly today is home to more Irish-style pubs than any other neighborhood in Chicago.[citation needed] 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.[11]

Along with being known for its Irish-American community identity, Beverly is also known for being one of the most racially integrated neighborhoods in Chicago with the city's highest percentage of black residents among white-majority neighborhoods.[12]


The top five 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 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 (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.[13] In the 2012 presidential election, Beverly cast 8,437 votes for Barack Obama and 2,914 votes for Mitt Romney.[14]

At the local level, Beverly is located in Chicago's 19th ward represented by Democrat Matt O'Shea.[15]


The Rock Island line links Beverly Hills into the heart of the financial district & highest paying jobs in the Midwest and has multiple stops directly into a large lot tree lined single family homes with stops approximately every 4 blocks unique for Chicago 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.[16]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Advertisement for Longwood and Beverly plats by Galloway, Lyman and Patton, realtors". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 12. April 30, 1890.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Szucs, Loretto (1986). Chicago and Cook County sources: a genealogical and historical guide. New York: Ancestry Publishing. p. 75.
  6. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  7. ^ Oswald, Joseph C. (2003). Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing. p. 9.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ South Side Irish Parade website Archived February 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ Beverly Public Library site Archived April 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Connolly, Colleen (February 6, 2015). "Get to Know Your Ward: 19th Ward". Ward Room. WMAQ-TV. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Rock Island District (RI)". Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  17. ^ a b Garmes, Kyle. "Castle stars in TBS show with George Wendt". Beverly Review. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  18. ^ Thomas, Patrick. "Committee picks Cunningham". Beverly Review. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  19. ^ a b c Goldman, Alison (August 14, 2019). "Justice John Paul Stevens's Old House in Beverly Is for Sale". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "Elected State Officers". Illinois Blue Book 1973-1974. Illinois Secretary of State. p. 22. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Cherone, Heather (August 3, 2017). "Beverly's John Lausch Is Trump's Pick For U.S. Attorney For Chicago". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  23. ^ Fredricks, Scott (June 23, 2015). "Beverly native captures AHL championship". The Beverly Review. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  24. ^ Megan, Graydon (March 10, 2016). "Morgan Murphy Jr., former congressman, dies at 83". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  25. ^ Ahern, Mary Ann (August 12, 2019). "Questions About Illinois Supreme Court Justice and Property Exemption". NBC 5 Chicago. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  26. ^ Garmes, Kyle (December 29, 2017). "Local headlines reflect joys, sorrows of community". Beverly Review. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  27. ^ Metz, Nina (May 9, 2013). "'Peeples' star Craig Robinson's full plate may get even fuller". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "M. Suthers; long on city's election board". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. February 11, 1983. p. 8.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ Hemon, Alexander (September 10, 2012). "Beyond the Matrix". The New Yorker. New York, New York. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  32. ^ Gathright, Jenny (November 22, 2017). "Jamila Woods And The Poetry Of Black Love". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  33. ^ "Advertisement for B.A. Ulrich & Son". Chicago Daily Tribune: 10. May 10, 1891.
  34. ^ Martin, William (1948). Chicago Streets. The Chicago History Museum. p. 91. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  35. ^ "Samuel H. Kerfoot Dead - Pioneer Real Estate Man Passes Away at his Home". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 1. December 29, 1896.
  36. ^ Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade (1973). Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 118. ISBN 0226512746.
  37. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice (2004). AIA Guide to Chicago - 2nd Edition. Orlando: HarcourtBooks. p. 481.

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