Entries by Villager Editor


The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is one of Chicago’s most successful grassroots civic organizations. Since 1947, we have worked to preserve and improve the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. BAPA’s motto is Love Where You Live. Our mission is to sustain and enhance our safe, culturally diverse community. We do that […]

Police Presence, Nosey Neighbors and Being Informed Impact Safety

According to BAPA’s safety survey, a strong and consistent police presence, a commitment to being nosey neighbors and having access to community alerts and crime information are the top three tools needed for a safer community. (See survey results.) “I think these results show how much confidence our community has in our police force, so […]

Morgan Park Sports Center for Fitness and Fun

The Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western, offers a variety of ways for area residents to pursue fitness and fun. The complex houses an NHL size ice rink with seating for 1,200 spectators, state -of-the-art gymnastics center, and busy fitness studio, and offers classes and programs, as well as competitive teams. Owned by the […]

BAC Begins 50th Anniversary Year with New Management Team

As the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, begins its 50th anniversary year, an innovative approach in facility management is taking center stage. The BAC’s new management team, composed of Artistic Director Shellee Frazee, Development Director Amy Chmura, and Operations Manager Dan Jacobson, will work collaboratively to oversee all aspects of operating […]