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Exploring the Best of Beverly in Chicago, IL



By Bob Glaze



This is a continuation of my exploration of the neighborhoods in Chicago. I had a great time exploring this beautiful area of the city on a beautiful fall day last October.

Beverly, or officially Beverly Hills, is an attractive neighborhood on the southwest side of the city that became popular in the late 1870s and 80s. The borders are 87th Street on the north, S. Beverly Blvd. and Hale Ave. on the east, 107th Street on the south, and S. Western Ave. on the west.  I recommend that you take some time to enjoy the architecture, historic sites, bars and restaurants.


Chicago’s Beverly Neighborhood

The highlight, in my opinion, is a collection of Prairie-style homes similar to Oak Park. It is known for its natural elevation or ridgeline that runs through the area. The midsection of the ridgeline tracing Pleasant Ave and Longwood Drive from the 9300 block to the 10500 block has a large concentration of grand homes by influential architects including Frank Lloyd Wright.


 FL Wright Houses


There are four Frank Lloyd Wright homes that you can drive by and see.

Howard Hyde House: At 10541 S. Hoyne Ave., this one of the Chicago Landmark “American System-Built Homes,” built in 1917. It was the second and last home designed by Wright as part of this subdivision before the project was abandoned at the start of World War I.


Howard Hyde House

The Guy C. Smith House, at 10410 S. Hoyne Ave., was also built in 1917 as one of the Chicago Landmark “American System-Built Houses.” It was to be the model home for a subdivision consisting of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prefabricated designs. The project was terminated at the beginning of World War I with only two of Wright’s houses built.


The Guy C. Smith House

Raymond W Evans House: This hilltop Wright home at 9914 S. Longwood Dr. was built in 1908 in the Prairie School style.


Raymond W. Evans House

William and Jessie Adams House: Located at 9326 S. Pleasant Ave., it was built in 1900-1901 and now designated a Chicago Landmark.  The Adams House is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s experimentation with horizontal massing, a broad porch, and decorative treatment that foreshadowed his later work within the Prairie School of architecture.


William and Jessie Adams House

Other Things to Do


Ridge Historic District:  The Ridge Historic District, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, runs through the heart of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood. With more than 3,000 buildings, it is one of the largest urban districts on the Register. In addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright homes described above, it also has homes designed by many significant architects including George W. Maher, Walter Burley Griffin, Daniel Burnham, and Howard Van Doren Shaw. Designs represent every regional architectural style built between 1844 and World War II.


Ridge Historic District

Ridge Historic District

Your focus should be on the Longwood Drive Historic District, a Chicago historic district and landmark, which extends twelve blocks from 9800 to 11000 S. Longwood Dr. and from 10400 to 10700 S. Seeley Ave. Unique in the city for its hilly topography; Longwood Drive is dominated by a natural ridgeline. The houses in this district were built starting in 1873 and include several different architectural styles, such as Italianate, Prairie School, Queen Anne, and Renaissance Revival, and are the works of noted turn of the century architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright mentioned above.


Longwood Drive Historic District

Longwood Drive Historic District

The Givins’ Irish Castle: Located in the Longwood Drive Historic District, is a mansion dubbed the “Irish Castle” by its neighbors. It was built in 1887 by Robert C. Givins, a real estate developer, as a gift to his wife, who used it to spark residential growth along the Rock Island Line. It has been the home of the Beverly Unitarian Church since 1942. Givins spent the then-enormous sum of $80,000 constructing the mansion of solid limestone from a quarry near Joliet with the intent of resembling a castle he visited in Ireland. 10255 S. Seeley Ave.


The Givens’ Irish Castle

Beverly Arts Center:  Located at 2407 W 111th St., this is a multi-faceted arts organization that builds community through diverse, quality arts programming, education, and entertainment.

Ridge Historical Society: RHS is a non-profit historical society and archive for the Beverly, Morgan Park, and Mount Greenwood neighborhoods at 10621 S Seeley Ave. in the historic Graver-Driscoll House. They host a number of events and exhibits throughout the year.


Ridge Historical Society

Dan Ryan Woods: This is a local 275-acre forest preserve with sledding and snowboarding hills, historic aqueducts, fitness stairs, picnic groves, and a mile-long paved loop that connects to the Major Taylor Trail. The site supports a large array of native plants, animals, and migratory birds.


Where to Eat and Drink 


Beverly has a number of casual restaurants, coffee shops, bars, microbreweries along with a popular meadery & winery. Make sure to visit:

Horse Thief Hollow Restaurant & Brewery:  This is a casual microbrewery and gastropub, featuring their house-brewed beers and soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, bbq and more at 10426 S. Western.


Horse Thief Hollow Restaurant & Brewery

Original Rainbow Cone: This is a popular ice cream shop since 1926, serving cones, shakes, sundaes and banana splits. I loved the butter pecan but they are known for their combination of orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry and chocolate. The shop was recommended to me by a local friend who grew up down the street. 9233 S Western Ave.


The Original Rainbow Cone

Wild Blossom Meadery: This is a local meadery that makes mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with yeast. Sometimes various fruits, spices, grains, or hops are added. This was the second time that I had tasted mead. They make a number of meads.  I enjoyed trying the Cherry Nectary made with cherries, the Chocolate Cherry Buzz, a sweet mead made with cherries and chocolate and the Green Apple Nectar made with green apples and Riesling grapes. It was fun to watch two bees fly into my two glasses. I guess they were attracted to the honey!! In addition, they produce a blend of Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah called Chicago Bull’s Blood. They have an indoor tasting room and a large outdoor patio in the rear.9030 S Hermitage Chicago IL 60620


Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

Cork & Kerry: This is a popular, authentic Irish bar that is a Beverly institution. It also has a large outdoor beer garden. 10614 S. Western Ave.

I enjoyed my lunch at the Open Outcry Brewing Company. They have a large rooftop beer garden in addition to their brewpub/tap room downstairs. They make a number of ales, porters, stouts and IPAs onsite. Their food menu specialized in wood-fired pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. I enjoyed the Fire Roasted Caprese Sandwich with chicken on a beautiful day to be outside on the roof. 10934 S. Western.


Open Outcry Brewing Company

Open Outcry Brewing Company

Two Mile Coffee Bar: This is a casual coffee shop located at 1766 West 95th Street. It has been recommended in a number of articles, however, it was closed on Sunday when I was in the area. There is a second location at 9907 South Walden Parkway.

I hope you all have a fun day!!!


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About the Town in June






By Philip Vidal


This will be a terrific summer for music lovers… especially for those of us who are baby boomers.

Exhibitionism,” an exhibit of Rolling Stones artifacts, continues at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall through July 30.  The Stones have several Chicago connections. They were inspired by Chicago blues.  The album cover for their “Some Girls” (which I purchased when it was released in 1978) is a take-off on an ad for  Valmor Product Company, a Chicago beauty and wig company.  The album cover was blown up to life-size for an exhibition, “Love for Sale: The Graphic Art of Valmor Products,” at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2015.  Lead singer Mike Jagger said, “One of our best memories of Chicago was recording at Chess Records in June 1964.”  Oh, how I wish the historic building that housed Chess Records until 1967 on Chicago’s Motor Row on South Michigan Avenue could become a museum dedicated to Chicago’s important place in the music world.    

If you would rather experience live music, we have an abundance of concerts this month:

  • U2 is at Soldier Field, June 3.  U2 is to play “The Joshua Tree” album in its entirety, which I bought when it was released, to mark its 30th anniversary.
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters is at Northerly Island, June 12 (“This Year’s Model” and “Armed Forces” are a couple of my favorite albums which I bought – all on vinyl – when they were released in 1978).
  • Four Voices – Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are at the Chicago Theatre, June 11.
  • Paul Simon is at Northerly Island, June 14.
  • Don Henley, founding member of the Eagles, is at Northerly Island, June 17.
  • King Crimson is at the Chicago Theatre, June 28.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kick off Wrigley Field’s summer concert series June 29.  

If you prefer classical, country, electronic, pop, soul, jazz or blues:

  • Ravinia Festival from June 3-September 17. The oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. covers just about every musical style.  June highlights include Willie Nelson (June 16), the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (June 17) and the Juilliard String Quartet (June 20).
  • Rush Hour Concerts June 6-August 29. These are free classical music performances on Tuesday evenings at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street.
  • North Shore Chamber Music Festival from June 7-10 at the Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. It will include performances by the Escher String Quartet and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Chicago Blues Festival June 9-11. The world’s largest free blues festival is at its new location in Millennium Park.
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival also from June 9-11. An electronic music festival is at Addams/Medill Park on the Near West Side.
  • Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was” is at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, June 11.
  • Pink Martini will perform at Symphony Center on June 12. Owner of the eponymous store “Ikram” and Chicago’s own high priestess of fashion, Ikram Goldman, will sing and her twin boys could play four-hand.
  • Tuesdays on the Terrace June 13-September 26, are free live outdoor jazz performances by Chicago jazz musicians at the John and Anne Kern Terrace Garden at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • The Grant Park Music Festival June 14-August 19. A series of free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is a summer tradition for many.
  • The Country LakeShake Festival from June 23-25 at Northerly Island will include country stars Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts.

Even some of June’s benefits are related to music.  Music of the Baroque’s A Musical Feast Gala Benefit honoring executive director Karen Fishman, who is retiring after eighteen seasons heading the MOB, will be on June 2 at the Fairmont Chicago.  Opera star and creative consultant at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Renée Fleming, is the first recipient of the Creative Voice Award at the Arts Alliance Illinois luncheon at the Palmer House Hilton on June 8. Janelle Monáe will perform at the “MCA Artedge: 50” gala on June 3 which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the opening of the exhibition “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats His Own Leg.” The exhibition opens to the public on June 6.   Chicago Shakespeare Theater will celebrate its 30th anniversary season with GALA 17 on June 9 at their theater on Navy Pier.

One of the most famous scenes in “My Fair Lady” is set at Royal Ascot. Although “My Fair Lady” at the Lyric Opera closed May 21, the Chicago branch of the English-Speaking Union is holding its annual Ascot Ball on June 17. The real thing, Royal Ascot, is June 20-24.

I mentioned a few of this summer’s many music festivals, but do not forget the many farmer’s markets that seem to go into full gear in June.  There are over two-hundred farmer’s markets found across the Chicago area, and some have already started. But, it is not summer until my local favorite, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) farmer’s market on Tuesdays in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art begins on June 6.

A true Chicago classic, “The Blues Brothers,” kicks off the free Millennium Park Summer Film Series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on June 13.  Another free summer film series, Music Box Theatre Movies at the Park, starts with another classic Chicago movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” at the Park at Wrigley on June 14.

June 8 is the 150th anniversary of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.  In celebration of that anniversary and the nearly completed restoration of Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation will host an open house on June 17.  Once the restoration is complete, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will offer tours.  Wright was not only an architect, but he was also a dealer who sold Japanese prints.  See some of those prints at The Art Institute of Chicago’s “The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School.  It is a beautiful show that also includes photos of a Wright designed installation, through July 9.  If you’re making a trip to the Big Apple, “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” will be at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, opening June 12 through October 1.  Surprises from the archive were a model and a rendering of the Guggenheim Museum in beige and hot-pink, respectively.  White was the better choice.

Chicago has a rich theater scene. The best of Chicago’s non-equity theater community will be fêted on June 5 at this year’s Non-Equity Jeff Awards at the Athenaeum Theatre.  I mentioned the local theater group Hell in a Handbag Productions in my last column.  Its co-founder and artistic director, David Cerda, will receive the 2017 Non-Equity Special Jeff Award, not only for his theatrical achievements, but for his philanthropic endeavors as well. Theo Ubique seems to get the lion’s share of the Non-Equity Jeff Awards every year.  I saw their superb Jacques Brel revue in 2008.  “Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night” returns to Theo Ubique at the No Exit Café (June 15 – August 6).   I saw Black Ensemble Theater’s hit, “My Brother’s Keeper: The Story of the Nicholas Brothers,” in March.  It looks like this Uptown theater troupe has another hit on their hands. “Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker” about the expat entertainer and “It” girl of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, the production runs through June 25.

I know that it might be difficult to think about hockey at this time of the year, but Chicago hosted the NCAA Frozen Four men’s hockey championship in April at the United Center and will be hosting the National Hockey League (which is celebrating its centennial this year) draft at the United Center, June 23-24.