Entries by BAPA Intern

The Village Viewpoint

By Susan Flood  BAPA Executive Director  Since joining the BAPA team, I find myself in constant thought about attracting “young” families to our “old” neighborhood.  Our neighborhood’s rich collection of historic buildings including our famous Castle, preserves the experience of Beverly/ Morgan Park as a home within our city’s limits like no other.  How do our historic […]

BAPA Welcomes Maureen Kelly, Jayne Corcoran to Board of Directors

By Kristin Boza     Maureen Kelly: Strengthening the Volunteer Experience  Maureen Kelly joins BAPA’s board this year, continuing a long history of volunteering with the organization. As a Beverly/Morgan Park resident since 1985, Kelly has been a Home Tour co-chair, Ridge Run volunteer, and, along with her husband Jack, chairman of the now retired Snowflake Ball. She hopes […]

Neighborhood Notes Feb. 2019

Virtuosic Voices. The Ostrega – Uhl Project featuring violin, cello and piano, performs a one hour program of classical music by Piazzolla, Popper and  Tchaikovsky, Sat., Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962W. 95th St. Free. Registration is not required. Info: 312-747-9673.   Parish Honors First Responders. St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., will honor firefighters, police officers and paramedics /EMTs at a special […]

BAPA Welcomes New Director of Economic Development

By Kristin Boza  Anna Fratto is the latest addition to the BAPA team in the newly created role of Director of Economic Development. Beverly/Morgan Park current and potential small business owners have a dedicated resource to assist them with their opportunities and needs.   Fratto began working for BAPA in November, just in time to assist in BAPA’s […]

Party Celebrates Wirtshafter Exhibit at RHS

Ridge Historical Society (RHS) is so thrilled with its exhibit of works by the late Ethel Wirtshafter featuring her fabulous batiks, they’re putting on a party to draw neighbors in to see it!  On Fri., Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., the doors will be thrown open and all welcomed. “If you appreciate history, color and design, this exhibit is a must-see,” said […]

Winter Reading: Top Picks for Black History Month

By Kristin Boza  The foundation for African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, was laid by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in 1915 when they started the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. […]

Castle Keepers Unveil Castle Restoration Campaign to Save Our Community Landmark

By Grace Kuikman  Imagine driving down Longwood Drive at 103rd Street, and looking up to see, not the iconic Givins Castle on the corner, but a boxy, blah building that could be in anyone’s neighborhood.   It seems unthinkable, but in reality, the fragile limestone with which the castle was built in 1886 has suffered from more than 130 years of Chicago […]

Castle Series Presents Concerts, Storytelling

The Castle Concert Series—aimed at raising money for maintenance and restoration of the historic Givins Castle located at 103rd and Longwood Drive—continues with three February engagements in two different venues.  Eddie Holstein blends folk, blues and guitar with history and his special brand of humor Sat., Feb. 2, Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St. A favorite of Chicago audiences for more than 40 years, Holstein grew up on the South Side and got his start at the legendary […]

Rebeca Huffman: Dedicated to Helping Chicago’s Kids

By Kristin Boza  City Year Chicago is making a big impact in the lives of nearly 15,000 Chicago Public School students on the south and west sides. City Year Chicago Executive Director Rebeca Nieves Huffman is a Beverly/Morgan Park resident who volunteered through the program from 1998 to 1999, and she now dedicates her career to helping other children reach their full potential […]

You Are My Neighbor Explores Boundless Compassion

The Southside Catholic Peace and Justice Committee, in coordination with local organizations and faith groups, is excited to announce the next You Are My Neighbor event, “Disrupting Violence.” Coordinators of the event invite area residents to a series of film screenings, pop-up book clubs and discussions in February and March that will culminate in a presentation […]