by The Urbaness | Photography by Benjamin Goodman
Daytrip! All aboard the Metra line heading to the city’s south side. We show you where to go for the best taste of Beverly.
Just a thirty minute train ride south from the Loop you’ll find the historic Beverly neighborhood. Lush canopies of trees give way to stately old homes, gently rolling hills, and rainbow-colored gardens. Undoubtedly a family place, Beverly is worthy of an afternoon trip, to wander the streets, ogle the beautiful, Victorian-style homes, and try out the neighborhood’s best places. So set aside a Saturday afternoon on the opposite side of town. Below, we show you where to go to get the best taste of this quaint little corner of the city.
9135 S. Western
Given the choice between a dime-a-dozen coffee shop chain and a locally owned store with charm to spare, we think you know which one we’d belly up to the counter for. Not only does the new-to-the-scene Hardboiled Coffee roast its own beans in small batches right on site, but the shop offers blended coffee drinks, fresh squeezed lemonade, and real fruit smoothies to boot. The best part? It does it all in a cozy, little storefront with a film noir theme. Grab a seat next to the old fashioned rabbit-ear TV and sip your drink while you eye dozens of retro detective novels and film posters straight out of the 1940s.
9233 S. Western
A fixture in the Beverly neighborhood, Rainbow Cone has been doling out its signature frozen treats since 1926. Roll up to the shop and leave your car in the back parking lot—you’ll want to take a seat at an outdoor picnic table to really savor this iconic dessert. While the shop offers a bevy of ice cream flavors, you can’t miss out on the namesake cone. Five dollars gets you a tower of ice cream scoops—a rainbow, naturally—starting with orange sherbet and pistachio, and finishing up with vanilla with cherries and walnuts, and strawberry, and chocolate. Don’t be surprised on hot summer nights when the line stretches out the door and down the sidewalk. These cones really are that
10528 S. Western
When it comes to pleasant and inviting cafes, there’s none quite as sweet as Beverly Bakery and Coffee Roasters. Filled with locals who all seem to know one another’s business, this small shop is as neighborly as it gets. Stop here for breakfast (the skillets and eggs benedict are the house specialties) and be sure to take home a freshly baked doughnut or two (we swear by the coconut!).
10426 S. Western
Another newcomer to the neighborhood, months-old Horse Thief Hollow marks the first microbrewery in an area lush with Irish pubs. Spacious, with lofted ceilings and minimal décor, Horse Thief Hollow serves up brews by the glass, flight, or growler. Currently, they have four house-brewed beers on tap alongside a collection of rotating guest favorites. The best among the HTH-brewed bunch? The 773, a creamy stout that’s akin to Guinness. The food here is good, though vegans and those with allergies might find it easier to eat elsewhere.
9560 S. Kedzie
Yes, it’s true: Chi-Tung is not actually within the city limits, but we’d be remiss to encourage anyone to make the trek down south without swinging by our absolute favorite Asian eatery. With a sprawling menu, Chi-Tung covers Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine. The portions are enormous (we encourage you to share!) and you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. Our favorites? The spicy beef salad, orange chicken, and egg fu young. Be forewarned: No matter what time you visit, this busy restaurant is always filled to the brim with people. We prefer to call ahead and carry our order home.
2116 W. 95th
When you’re in the mood for a good, old-fashioned diner experience, head to 95th Street in Beverly to the classic Top Notch Beef Burgers. A no-frills dining room with rows of booths and wood paneling, this bustling eatery seems frozen in the 1950s. With five-dollar freshly ground burgers in a range of sizes (you choose), hand-mixed milkshakes, and thick-cut fries, Top Notch is a must-visit for any city dweller venturing down to the south side. A note for vegetarians: Top Notch’s fries are not veggie-friendly.
1742 W. 99th
Nestled among storefronts across from the 99th Street train station, sits the homey Pizzeria Deepo. Small and intimate, this deep dish pizza place cooks up one of the best crusts we’ve ever tasted. There’s an outdoor patio in back for cool summer evenings, live jazz on every third Sunday, and the restaurant is BYOB. That’s three definite pluses in our book.
Situated on the furthest south end of the city, Beverly is accessible by car and Metra line. Note: The red line is not currently running this far south—and when it’s back up, we don’t advise taking this route. No car? Check the Rock Island line
heading out from LaSalle Street Station. Trains leave every hour or so on the weekends—and all our sites are located between the 91st Street and 103rd Steet stations. Some walking is involved, though you can hop on your bike or catch the 103rd Street and Western buses.