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Beverly, Chicago

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Beverly is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois It 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 A segment of the eastern part of the Ridge Country Club lies with the boundaries of the community Sparsely settled in the middle of the 19th century, Beverly began to be developed by business interests from Chicago3 in the latter part of the nineteenth century, encouraged largely by the completion in 1889 of the suburban line of the Rock Island Railroad that runs parallel with the eastern edge of the Blue Island ridge see the Ulrich & Son ad that appears elsewhere in this article The natural beauty of its position on the ridge allowed the community to become an exclusive streetcar suburb, and the homes and large lots reflect this historic distinction Beverly is located on the highest elevation in Chicago,4 and is the city's largest white-majority neighborhood with the highest percentage of Black residents5


  • 1 Access
  • 2 North Blue Island
  • 3 Ethnicity
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 Gallery
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


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 line6

North Blue Islandedit

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,7 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
1930 13,793
1940 15,910 153%
1950 20,186 269%
1960 24,814 229%
1970 26,797 80%
1980 23,360 −128%
1990 22,385 −42%
2000 21,992 −18%
2010 20,034 −89%

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 government910 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 country11

The neighborhood currently is home to more Irish-style pubs than any other in Chicagocitation needed 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 Program12

During World War II, Beverly served as a peaceful sanctuary for wounded officers in the Allied Forced of many nations who were in recoverycitation needed


Some families move to Beverly in order to provide their children with a private school education defined by Catholic Parish boundariescitation needed

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, Mount Assisi Academy closed in 2014; and co-educational Marist Catholic high school Council Oak Montessori School is a PreK-8 Montessori school in Beverly Ridge Academy is also in Beverly

Notable peopleedit

  • Mike Castle
  • George Wendt13
  • Patricia Monaghan14
  • Marie H Suthers, Illinois state representative15
  • Paul P Harris
  • Paul Vallas
  • The Wachowskis



  1. ^ Paral, Rob "Chicago Demographics Data" Archived from the original on 2 June 2013 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  2. ^ Paral, Rob "Chicago Census Data" Archived from the original on 5 October 2013 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  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. ^ Paral, Rob "Chicago Demographics Data" Archived from the original on 2 June 2013 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  6. ^ "Rock Island District RI" Retrieved 8 May 2016 
  7. ^ Szucs, Loretto 1986 Chicago and Cook County sources: a genealogical and historical guide New York: Ancestry Publishing p 75 
  8. ^ Paral, Rob "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data" Archived from the original on 18 March 2013 Retrieved 3 September 2012 
  9. ^ Oswald, Joseph C 2003 Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing p 9 
  10. ^ 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 
  11. ^ South Side Irish Parade website Archived February 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Beverly Public Library site Archived April 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times:: Search" Retrieved 8 May 2016 
  14. ^ Liam Heneghan "10 Things Wrong With Environmental Thinking" Retrieved 8 May 2016 
  15. ^ 'M Suthers' long on city's election board,' Chicago Tribune, February 11, 1983, section 2, pg 8
  16. ^ "Advertisement for BA Ulrich & Son" Chicago Daily Tribune: 10 May 10, 1891 
  17. ^ Martin, William 1948 Chicago Streets The Chicago History Museum p 91 
  18. ^ "Samuel H Kerfoot Dead - Pioneer Real Estate Man Passes Away at his Home" The Chicago Daily Tribune: 1 December 29, 1896 
  19. ^ Mayer, Harold M and Richard C Wade 1973 Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis Chicago: University of Chicago Press p 118 ISBN 0226512746 
  20. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice 2004 AIA Guide to Chicago - 2nd Edition Orlando: HarcourtBooks p 481 
  • Cullen, Maureen "Boomerang Beverly" Chicago Sun-Times July 13, 2007 S1 Front
  • Sherrod, Pamela "12 months capture a neighborhood's history" Chicago Sun-Times December 9, 2001 Home & Garden 3

External linksedit

  • Chicago portal
  • Illinois portal
  • Official City of Chicago Beverly Community Map

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