Beverly residents emphasize art, history and education as defining elements of their rich and diverse cultures. The Chicago Public Schools operate many elementary and high schools in the area, and Beverly's student test scores have consistently rated among the top in Chicago. Public schools in Beverly are part of the CPS magnet cluster International Baccalaureate programs. These highly successful local schools are comprised of a rich economic and ethnic mix, making them ideal environments for rigorous, broad-based music, language, science, and advanced math programs. There are also several colleges and universities in close proximity, including the top-ranked University of Chicago and St. Xavier University. The community is known for providing excellent education, through public, private, and parochial schools. Students benefit from the community's emphasis on education, sports and activities, and the combined efforts of neighborhood parents, excellent schools, and local organizations.
Residents of all ages benefit from Beverly's amenities, such as Chicago Park District programs, outdoor playgrounds, and the Beverly Arts Center and Hands On! Children's Art Museum. The Chicago Park District manages more than ten parks and playgrounds in Beverly, plus an indoor pool and outdoor pool. The Arts Center offers a multidisciplinary program with over 75 classes covering theater, dance, music and the visual arts. The facility also hosts theater, music and dance productions and is home to a permanent collection of American Impressionist Art held in the Vanderpoel Gallery. Hands On! provides art classes and a variety of related activities geared toward children and adults.
Beverly residents enjoy private as well as public recreational facilities. The Beverly Country Club, Evergreen Racquet and Fitness Club, Ridge Country Club, and the Beverly Hills Tennis Club are just a few places for families to find recreation in Beverly.
Anyone interested can also explore local history at the Ridge Historical Society. The collection includes more than 4,000 historic photographs and artifacts, such as toys and decorative artwork as well as historically significant documents. The facility is open for research, exhibits and oral histories.
The Morgan Railroad District is another site that is popular with history enthusiasts. The district is comprised of six late-19th-early-20th century commuter railroad stations. Originally, the stations supported the development of the outer neighborhoods, including Beverly, Washington Heights and Morgan Park. The stations' architecture represents Colonial Revival, Richardsonian, Romanesque and Queen Anne styles.