Sep 23, 2011


Known for its spacious homes, tree-lined streets, and racially integrated population, Beverly has retained its reputation as one of Chicago's most stable middle-class residential districts. Originally part of the village of Washington Heights (1874), this area was annexed to Chicago by 1890 but remained sparsely settled for decades. Residents often identify their community as “Beverly Hills,” a reference to the glacial ridge just west of Longwood Drive, the highest point in Chicago. Whether the community was named after Beverly, Massachusetts, or Beverly Hills, California, remains subject to debate, but in the 1890s, the Rock Island Railroad designated its 91st Street station “Beverly Hills” and by World War I, the telephone company had established a Beverly exchange. 

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