Beverly Hills, Chicago

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Twelve miles south of The Loop is Beverly. A very beautiful community of wealth, historical architecture, luscious trees, fabled Longwood Drive, and a castle.

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Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

A racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood, Beverly is also located on the highest elevation in Chicago.

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Longwood Drive is full of spacious homes that sit high up on hills.

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Givens Castle. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

Above is Givens Castle, built in 1886 by Robert Givens. He wanted the castle to look like what he remembered growing up in Ireland.

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Givens Castle. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

The limestone was brought from the famous Joliet Rock Quarry [PDF]. Givens Castle has a interesting history it has been several homes, a girls school, and a house of worship and a school again.

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As I walked down from Givens Castle I was simply in awe of the eclectic homes.

1892 Edward L. Roberts House

1892 Edward L. Roberts House. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

The Historic Home Tour is a great resource for learning the history.

Raymond Evans House 1908

Raymond W. Evans House. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

Beverly is also home to four Frank Lloyd Wright Homes. The Raymond W. Evans House was built in 1908.

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Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

The William and Jesse Adams House built in 1901.

Hyde House. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

Hyde House. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

The last two which were part of the American System-Built Homes, both built in 1917. These two are both within blocks of each other.

1917 Guy Smith House

1917 Guy Smith House. Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

In addition to the great architecture, Beverly also has great shopping and cool restaurants. It has managed to stay just as it always has been–smooth and sophisticated. Although it is now known as Beverly, it was originally part of Washington Heights. There is a great deal of interesting history here.

A visit to Beverly Hills of the Midwest is well worth the drive or train ride.

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12 responses to “Beverly Hills, Chicago”

  1. Nice photo tour of Beverly! I was there recently, and fell in love with the historic train stations…

  2. Clyde Davis says:

    Very nice. Great shots!

  3. Yanni says:

    Nice article and pics. Things you don’t know and live
    right here in the area.

  4. Valerie says:

    Thanks for sparking our interest in the beautiful neighborhoods of this great city, Chicago.

  5. Teneil says:

    Amazing photos & descriptions! I love this story!

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