Beverly and Morgan Park

Chicago, Illinois 60608

Beverly and Morgan Park

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"Tens of thousands of years ago during an ice age, glaciers covered Chicago. One went a little wayward and ended up dumping its load of stone in a ridge under what are today the upscale communities of Beverly and Morgan Park. First developed in the 1870s and 1880s, some of the city’s most eclectic mansions can be found here in what for Chicago qualifies as rolling terrain (okay, it’s ripples in a bathtub, but still . . . ). A stroll here is a suburban treat, and offers a good lesson in what can result when efforts are made to integrate neighborhoods. When block-busting (the act of real estate agents panicking white residents with racial fears, then buying their houses cheaply and reselling them for huge profits to African-Americans) became a problem in the 1950s and 1960s, community groups urged residents not to sell, while concurrently acting as boosters. It mostly worked, and today Beverly and Morgan Park are integrated to a degree found in few other parts of the city."

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Dec 2018