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Beverly
—  Community area  —
Community Area 72 - Beverly
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.71°N 87.68°W / 41.71; -87.68Coordinates: 41°42.6′N 87°40.8′W / 41.71°N 87.68°W / 41.71; -87.68
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
Neighborhoods
Area
 - Total 3.2 sq mi (8.29 km2)
Population (2000)
 - Total 21,992
 Density 6,870.8/sq mi (2,652.8/km2)
  population down 1.76% from 1990
Demographics
 - White 62.8%
 - Black 31.9%
 - Hispanic 2.92%
 - Asian 0.6%
 - Other 1.90%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes Parts of 60620, 60643, 60655
Median income $66,823
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Beverly Hills (or Beverly) is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located on the southwestern edge of the city. It consists of a variety of sizes of homes, some upscale and built on large lots in relation to most of Chicago. Beverly was initially a suburb perched atop a ridge later annexed by the city.

Beverly has access (by public transport or car) to all of the Chicago financial markets and attractions, yet retains itself as a peaceful, quiet community. Beverly is one of the top five largest historic districts in any major city in the USA, and the homes there reflect this historic distinction. The particular trains that are accessed by the Beverly community are provided from Metra's Rock Island line. [1]

Beverly is the only area in the City of Chicago with a terrain containing hills. Beverly is the highest elevation in the City of Chicago. 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 is home to a large Irish-American community and many Irish establishments. 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.[2] 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. This Castle is known by legend to be haunted.

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. [3]

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 College Prep. Beverly's St. Barnabas is the number one rated private school in the City of Chicago.

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.

External links

References

  1. ^ Metra Rock Island - 99th Street Station
  2. ^ Parade History
  3. ^ Beverly Public Library site

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