The neighborly sign on 95th Street reads "Welcome to Beverly Hills." What it doesn't say is that this particular neighborhood-commonly referred to simply as Beverly-is home to Chicago's only hills, an Irish castle, legendary burgers and one-of-a-kind ice cream cones.
Originally built by English engineers as an exclusive streetcar suburb, the landscape is dotted with a variety of older housing, from ridge-top mansions to bungalows. It has become one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city and considered one of the best.
Here are some not-to-be-missed Beverly neighborhood pleasures.
Original rainbow cone, 9233 S. Western Ave., has been around since the 1920s and is still owned and operated by the same family. Try the signature Rainbow Cone, a combination of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio and orange sherbet. The combination may not sound appealing, but the taste is surprisingly delightful. You can order a $1.99 baby cone that comes with a scoop of all five flavors, but you'll probably just end up wanting more.