Why we love it
The Beverly neighborhood is beloved for many reasons, but it’s most well-known for its proud Irish heritage, amazing architecture, and small town charm.
Explore like a local
- Treat yourself to the Original Rainbow Cone — locals have been craving this colorful Chicago treat for more than 80 years.
- Sample some craft brews at Horse Thief Hollow and Open Outcry Brewing Company. Or head to Wild Blossom, a meadery and winery that crafts beverages using honey from their own bees.
- Stop into Beverly Records, a family-owned shop that’s been in the neighborhood for 50 years, for a chance to score some rare vinyl.
Beverly’s deep Emerald Isle roots prevail on Western Avenue, where you’ll find more Irish bars than anywhere else in the city. It’s also the home of Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade, a massive, family-friendly celebration that’s been marking St. Patrick’s Day in Beverly for more than 40 years.
The multi-disciplinary Beverly Arts Center houses an art gallery, exhibition spaces, music and dance studios, and a 400-seat theatre. Check the events calendar for film screenings, concerts, and professional theatre performances. If you’re looking to dive more into the neighborhood’s burgeoning art scene, the annual Beverly Art Walk showcases works by local artists in coffee shops, restaurants, and pop-up galleries.
As for architecture, Beverly Unitarian Church (aka The Givens Castle) is one of the area’s most striking buildings. Set on a scenic green hill, the impressive structure borrows its design from a medieval castle that was once situated between Dublin and Belfast.
Frank Lloyd Wright lives large in Beverly, as do his contemporaries. The neighborhood is home to one of the country’s largest historic districts — just walk a few blocks in any direction to see an eclectic array of residential architecture, from sweeping Prairie-style residences to brick Tudors to Spanish-inspired homes. A great time to explore is during the popular Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour each spring.
For a bite to eat, there’s no shortage of local options to choose from. Flippin Flavors offers healthful and flavorful fare, AndySunflower Café serves gourmet coffee like their signature lavender latte, and Janson’s Drive In is an old-school spot for burgers and hot dogs.
The neighborhood is also known for vast green spaces, like the scenic Dan Ryan Forest Preserve. It’s a year-round destination, with sledding, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking, biking, and picnicking in the warmer months.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter