Welcome to the Village in the City
Since the late 1800s, Beverly Hills/Morgan Park on Chicago’s far southwest side has provided an excellent quality of life for its residents. According to the Beverly Area Planning Association’s annual surveys of new homebuyers shows, a significant number of the neighborhood’s new households earn more than $100,000 and all but a few have college or graduate level degrees. Beverly Hills/Morgan Park has the 3rd highest median household income in Chicago, according to the 2000 Census.
The community enjoys architecturally and historically significant housing, quality public and private schools, and excellent public transportation. This environment offers the diversity of the city combined with the atmosphere of village living.
Home to the Potawotami Native Americans until 1847, the area once lay along the Vincennes Trail, a trade route for farmers and trappers traveling between Indiana and Chicago. Farming was introduced to the area in the 1840s. But in the 1860s, with the coming of the Rock Island Railroad, much of the land was sold for residential development.
Following the Great Chicago Fire and with the arrival of the commuter service, housing boomed. Wealthy Chicagoans moved away from the congestion of the City to enjoy the pleasures of rural living in the large, lavish homes built atop the hill. Convenient transportation to jobs and shopping downtown offered residents the best of both worlds – much the same lifestyle we enjoy today!
The architecture-rich neighborhood boasts every American house style built between 1844 and World War II -- Victorian, Colonial, Georgian, Art Moderne, Prairie Style, Chicago Bungalow, and many more.
And there’s plenty to do in the Village in the City! Schools, churches and service groups are busy all the time. The Beverly Arts Center and World Folk Music Company bring top performers to the Southwest Side. Neighborly residents get together for everything from the annual Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast to homeowner association picnics to daily Senior Luncheons. You can join a community theater group, learn to brew beer, participate in a book discussion group, or play in a softball tournament.