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.
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., is a multi-discipline, multi-cultural fine arts center offering classes for all ages with a 400-seat theater for live performances, children's plays, rotating art exhibits and an annual summer outdoor music festival. On Wednesday nights it shows first-run foreign and independent films. Visit beverlyartscenter.org for more information.