Beverly: A History

While holding the distinction of the highest elevation of any Chicago neighborhood, Beverly offers much more to appreciate than its unique hills. With wide, leafy streets, ample green space, and historic homes, Beverly’s laid-back suburban feel sets the community apart from much of Chicago’s south side. Residents love their neighborhood’s longstanding businesses, beautiful parks, and historic charm. The cherry on top? The commute to the Loop is made easy by three Metra Rock Island stations in the community.
Save for a few small homes, Beverly was mostly unsettled before the Rock Island Railroad was built in 1889. Real estate developers began buying up land, sensing the possibility of transforming the area into an exclusive commuter suburb. A clear-as-day sign that one developer believed in Beverly: he built a castle here! Beverly’s most famous structure, the Irish-style castle at 103rd and Longwood Drive was constructed by developer Robert Givens in 1886. Today, the structure houses a Unitarian Church.

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