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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.
|Community Area 72 - Beverly|
Location within the city of Chicago
|• Total||3.20 sq mi (8.29 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Parts of 60620, 60643, 60655
|Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services|
Sparsely settled until the late 19th century, Beverly was developed by business interests from Chicago, 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.
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, denoting its relationship to the village of Blue Island, which was settled in 1836 and is located a few miles to the south.
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. 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.
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.
It has the highest percentage of Black residents among white-majority neighborhoods in the city.
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.
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 and Kellogg are the public elementary schools. Council Oak Montessori School is a PreK-8 Montessori school in Beverly. Ridge Academy is also in Beverly.
In the 2016 presidential election, Beverly cast 6,384 votes for Hillary Clinton and cast 1,850 votes Donald Trump. In the 2012 presidential election, Beverly cast 8,437 votes for Barack Obama and 2,914 votes for Mitt Romney.
- Mike Castle, actor best known for starring in the TBS television series Clipped. He was raised in Beverly.
- Bill Cunningham, member of the Illinois Senate since 2013. He is a Beverly resident.
- Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International.
- Dan Hynes, 6th Illinois Comptroller. He served from 1999 until 2011. He was raised in the Beverly area.
- Thomas Hynes, 34th President of the Illinois Senate and longtime Cook County Assessor.
- John Lausch, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (2017-present)
- Vincent LoVerde, AHL player. He was raised in Beverly and has played with Ontario Reign and the Manchester Monarchs.
- Patricia Monaghan poet, writer, spiritual activist, and influential figure in the contemporary women's spirituality movement.
- Morgan F. Murphy, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1971-1981, resided in Beverly.
- Matthew O'Shea, member of the Chicago City Council from the 19th ward. A lifelong Beverly resident, he has represented Beverly and the surrounding area on the City Council since 2011.
- Craig Robinson, actor and comedian, best known for the role of Darryl Philbin on the television show The Office. He was raised in North Beverly.
- Marie H. Suthers, longtime member of the Chicago Board of Elections from 1952 to 1983 and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1951 1953. She was a resident of Beverly.
- James C. Tyree, chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial from 1994 until his death in 2011. He was raised in the Beverly area.
- Paul Vallas, superintendent of the post-Katrina, statewide Recovery School District in Louisiana. He lived in Beverly while serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Chicago School District #299.
- Lana and Lilly Wachowski (known professionally as The Wachowskis), are film directors best known for The Matrix trilogy. The two sisters were raised in Beverly.
- George Wendt, actor and comedian, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. He was raised in Beverly
- Jamila Woods, poet and musician, best known for collaborations with rap artist Chance the Rapper. She was raised in Beverly, and references this in her poem Ghazal for White Hen Pantry.
Shannon Smith, American writer published play writer December 24, 1979
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.
An advertisement from the Chicago Daily Tribune that appeared on May 10, 1891 extolling the advantages of living in Beverly Hills.
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. The real estate firm of Samuel H. Kerfoot (1823-1896) claims the distinction of being the first business to re-open in the burnt district after the Great Fire of 1871
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).
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- 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.
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- "Samuel H. Kerfoot Dead - Pioneer Real Estate Man Passes Away at his Home". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 1. December 29, 1896.
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