One of the largest neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. is on March 11, 2012, in Beverly, on the south side of Chicago.
Beverly is a vibrant, architecturally mixed city of history, churches, parks and pubs.
Beverly is gearing up to the get it’s Irish on during the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade with 80 floats, marching bands and more. On Saturday March 10, the South Side Irish Football Club, a rugby club, hosts a Whiskey 10’s Tournament at Dan Ryan Woods, 85th Street and Western.
Although there is a sizable Irish-American community, I don’t want to give the impression that Beverly is a bastion of Irish-only heritage. The Beverly, Evergreen Park, Morgan Park combined community, that runs along Western Avenue, is considered one of the most culturally diverse areas in Chicago.
I have enjoyed my visits to this Emerald gem of a neighborhood. I want to share a brief tour of sites, stores and a wee bit more.
If I have a day to spend in the area, I like to start off early with breakfast at the Beverly Bakery & Coffee Roasters on Western Avenue or Starbucks on Longwood.
The Longwood Drive District is on the National Register of Historic Places and it’s a great walking tour.
The Irish Castle, built by Robert Givens in 1886, is located in the district.
The castle is featured on a local haunted house tours.
After my walking tour of the district, I’ll stop by the Original Rainbow Cone for a scoop of Palmer House ice cream, Venetian Vanilla with cherries and walnuts. You can’t miss the Rainbow Cone on Western Avenue–the bright pink building with a giant cone on the roof.
Then it’s on to Bookies Paperbacks and More a shoebox-sized store that is filled to the brim with books. Next up, Beverly Records, a rare records store, that is very popular with vinyl record collectors.
On to the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago that has a gallery open to the public, currently a Shakespeare Art exhibit, hosts film festivals, dance, theatre groups and literary events.
The center also provides art education to children.
There are lots of restaurants in Beverly to choose from. I also like to pick up freshly cooked fish or seafood to go at DiCola’s Seafood. The store sells a variety of fresh fish and seafood, and will cook it for you.
I can sit at one of the parks and enjoy my lunch.
I’ll end the day at one of the local Irish pubs with a game of darts, good music, brew and pub fare for dinner.
Goodbye Beverly. Erin Go Bragh!