Surrounded by the flatland of the city, these adjacent far southwest side neighborhoods are notable for their location atop an actual hill. In the late 19th century, wealthy Chicagoans built lavish residences here to escape the city bustle. Many historic homes still stand, including the iconic Givins House (10244 S. Longwood Drive), a replica Irish castle built in 1886. These days, the neighborhood is largely Irish and African-American and boasts a thriving shopping and dining district. The cultural heart of the community is the Beverly Arts Center, brimming with performances and art exhibits. www. bapa.org.