Parks/Libraries/Fine Arts

Chicago Park District

Nearly every house in the Beverly area is within walking distance of a Chicago Park District park or playlot! These sites offer seasonal sports, preschool activities, summer camps, fine arts programming, fitness classes, multi-purpose rooms, and more.

Ridge Park
9625 S. Longwood Dr.
312-747-6640

Graver Park
1518 W. 102nd Pl.
312-747-6163

Munroe Park
2617 W. 105th St.
312-747-6561

Beverly Park 
2460 W. 102nd St.
312-747-6024

Kennedy Park
11320 S. Western Ave.
312-747-6198

Morgan Park Sports Center
11505 St. Western Ave.
773-840-4622

Major Taylor Bike Trail
105th to 129th St.
312-747-7661
Cycling enthusiasts may also enjoy Friends of the Major Taylor Trail.

Libraries

The Beverly and Walker branches of the Chicago Public Library offer patrons excellent collections of books and periodicals for rental and for research. They also host a variety of programs including book discussion groups, homework help, children’s story time, crafts and performances, meeting space for local groups, and special events.

Beverly Branch Library
1962 W. 95th St.
312-747-9673

Walker Branch Library
11071 S. Hoyne Ave.
312-747-1920

Woodson Regional Library
Home to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection
9525 S. Halsted St.
312-747-6900

The Arts

The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., 773-445-3838, is a nonprofit institution dedicated to providing fine arts and performing arts programming and education. The BAC’s multidisciplinary programs include a non-credit School of the Arts that offers more than 100 classes in the visual arts, music, theater, creative writing and dance. The Center also holds concerts, film screenings, and art exhibitions.

The Beverly Theatre Guild was formed in 1963 and began producing quality community theater. Guild productions are staged at the Baer Theatre at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. For information on the theater season or auditions, call 773-284-8497.

Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., preserves and promotes the history of Beverly Hills/Morgan Park, mounting exhibits, presenting programs and providing assistance with historical research. The Architectural Resource Center provides expert help in researching house histories. Call 773-881-1675.

Vanderpoel Art Associationnamed for the noted artist and art teacher John H. Vanderpoel, was founded in 1911, shortly after the artist’s death. The Vanderpoel art collection, housed in a gallery at the Ridge Park Fieldhouse, is composed of important 19th and 20th century American Impressionist paintings, sculptures and prints. In the collection are works by Grant Wood, Mary Cassatt, Frank W. Benson, Daniel Chester French, Maxfield Parrish, Vanderpoel, and others. For gallery hours call 773-779-0007. Admission is free.

Beverly Area Arts Alliance  Formed in 2014, the Arts Alliance brings together local artists and community members to collaborate on art focused events. Their showcase event is the Beverly Art Walk, which takes place in October.