Beverly Shores Station on the South Shore Line into Chicago Celebrates Past and Future with Art and Gardens
It’s as good as any destination to reflect upon Father’s Day. Robert Bartlett picked up the strings of a failed cottage community in the Indiana Dunes. He named it for his daughter, Beverly. Beverly Shores became a stop on the South Shore Line and in the late twenties an architect named Gerber built a Mediterranean style villa to house the station master and shelter the passengers. It’s still Father’s Day here at the juncture of past and present, also a stop on the Calumet Trail and a gateway into the Indiana Dunes National Park. A man sells Mexican cuisine from a trailer in the lot of the Camp Stop Grocery Store. It is named Emma’s Taqueria and Emma is still a toddler.
The residents of Beverly Shores have gone to work at their station. The station masters quarters have become a museum and art gallery. The show features items that interpret the theme of sunsets. Two remarkable sunsets are the work of Michelle Wiser, one in oil and one is sewn cloth elements. Wiser stands at the former ticket counter and sells beach glass necklaces and historical books. She looks at an electric Art Deco fireplace with hidden compartments for liquor bottles. She can point you in the direction of Pin Hook Bog and others like it. Chicago gangsters knew the location of these bogs too.
A garden at the station celebrates prairie plants, including Timothy and Wild Strawberries.
Time to flag my train!