Since the late 1800's 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 (BAPA) annual surveys of new homebuyers, most have college or graduate level degrees. According to the 2000 Census, Beverly Hills/Morgan Park had the 3rd highest median household income in Chicago.
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 community enjoys architecturally and historically significant housing. 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 theatre group, learn to brew beer, participate in a book discussion group, or play in a softball tournament. BAPA's community sponsored events include the Beverly Home Tour, the History/Mystery Bike Ride, Music Under the Stars, Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, Ridge Run and the Snowflake Ball.