Beverly is a scenic Chicago neighborhood, wrapped in Irish tradition and beautiful residential
architecture. In fact, this far southwest side neighborhood is the only place in Chicago that you’ll
find an Irish castle. The castle is actually a reproduction of another back in Ireland. The folklore
behind the castle is a tale of romance and tragedy (perhaps why some say the place is haunted).
In 1886, a man by the name Robert Givens built the castle for his Irish fiancée – it was an exact
replica of the one her family lived in on the Emerald Isle, down to the stones imported from the
same quarry. Sadly, Givens’ bride-to-be died before she ever had a chance to see the castle
made in her honor. To this day, alleged paranormal happenings are reported at Givens Castle,
which is now the Beverly Unitarian Church.
The neighborhood is also recognized for its extensive number of historic homes. One section of
well-preserved Prairie-style bungalows has been designated a Chicago Landmark. Also worth
mentioning, Beverly crime rates are consistently among the lowest in the city, making it one of the
safest Chicago neighborhoods.
Not surprisingly, many of the local watering holes in Beverly have an Irish air about them. Fresh-
pulled Guinness is the order of the house and Western Avenue is where you’ll find it. There are
several authentic Irish pubs along Western Avenue (the western border of Beverly). Among the
most popular are Cork and Kerry, Fox’s, Dubliner and Keegan’s Pub.
Beverly is located on the far southwest corner of Chicago, so the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
train system does not quite reach its limits. However, the Metra commuter line makes several
stops in the neighborhood and takes passengers directly to the Loop (downtown). If you have a
vehicle, the I-57 expressway runs right by Beverly’s southeastern edge and connects with the
Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94).