Neighborhood Snapshot

Community Area: 72

Ward: 19

Alderman: Matthew J. O’Shea

Population: 21,992

Boundaries: Beverly has an odd shape.  Bounded on the east by Beverly Avenue, Vincennes Avenue; on the south by 107th Street; on the west by a stairstep configuration of Western Avenue to 99th Street, 99th to California, California to 102nd Place, 102nd to Sacramento, then Sacramento down to 107th; on the north by 87th Street.

Interesting Facts:

  • Beverly is home to the largest concentration of Prairie-style homes in Chicago, with 8 houses on 104th Place (see Walter Burley Griffin page).
  • Beverly’s distinguishing land feature is a 6.5-mile-long glacial ridge that rises 50-80 feet above the level of Lake Michigan.  It is the only area in the city with hills.
  • The Beverly Arts Center (www.beverlyartcenter.org) was founded in 1968 as a non-profit center teaching classes in the visual and performing arts.  It is a renowned Chicago institution.
  • There are 4 homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright inside the neighborhood’s boundaries.
  • The Rainbow Cone ice cream shop on Western Avenue was opened in 1926 and has been owned and operated by the same family ever since.
  • The Chicago Cultural Center offers walking tours of Beverly and it’s neighbor, Morgan Park.  For more information, contact the Cultural Center at chicagoculturalcenter.org.

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