Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Features Two Wright Homes on May 21

Two unusual homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a tiny house built by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences are among the outstanding stops on the 2017 Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour hosted by the Beverly Area Planning Association on Sun., May 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

2 Rare Wrights

This is the 150th anniversary of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the construction of Wright’s Guy C. Smith House in Beverly/Morgan Park. The Guy C. Smith House and the Jesse & William Adams House, both Chicago Landmarks, will be open for the Tour. They are rare and distinctive examples of Wright’s work.

The Guy C. Smith house is one of two American System Built homes designed by Wright and built in our community in 1917.  Wright’s goal was to offer livable and beautiful prefabricated housing at a moderate price.  Only a few of the homes were built before the US entered World War I and construction was halted.  The current owners have spent more than 25 years carefully restoring the house. It was last on BAPA’s Home Tour a decade ago, and since that time has undergone a complete renovation of its spacious yard that includes the installation of a Wright-inspired pond and all new landscaping.

Built in 1901, the Jesse and William Adams house was designed during an important period of transition for Frank Lloyd Wright as he was developing his Prairie Style. The home’s owner, William Adams, a contractor and builder who worked with prominent architects on residential and commercial buildings, commissioned Wright to design it. Prairie Style elements in the Adams house can be seen in the horizontal design and the way the porch connects the home’s interior and exterior. The Adams house was last on BAPA’s Home Tour in 1996.

Also Featured on the Tour

The Home Tour starts at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, where people must check-in to receive their booklets, which are required for admission into the homes. All tours must begin by 3 p.m. The Ridge Park fieldhouse is the first stop on the tour, and people are invited to visit meeting rooms and spaces not usually open the public, as well as the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association art gallery which, during the Home Tour, will be hosting the opening of an exhibit by Steve Gerhartz, a plein air artist from Two Rivers, Wisc.

The Tour will also open the doors to an exceptional Prairie Style house built in 1910 that has been renovated from top to bottom for a contemporary family lifestyle; an English style home designed by Homer G. Sailor and built in 1930 for a prominent Chicago financier; a Colonial Revival Foursquare built in 1903 on a wooded lot atop ridge; as well as the tiny house built for display at Chicago’s Home and Garden Show by students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Home Tour stops feature a cooking demonstration and tasting by Chef Alvin Green, experts offering home and garden advice, a Paint Showcase sponsored by Calumet Paint and Benjamin Moore, a mead tasting by Wild Blossom Meadery, a vintage golf activity by Klees Golf Shop, an art demonstration by Judie Anderson and more.

Home Tour Sponsors

The Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour is sponsored by Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Marquette Bank, The Private Bank, Road Home Program, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, AT&T, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, County Fair Foods, Pendo Advisors, PLS, PRS Professional Real Estate Services, Pacor Mortgage Corp., Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Smith Village, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Biros Real Estate, Steuber Florist & Greenhouses, Coldwell Banker, Ryan & Joyce Developers, Solution 3 Graphics, The Beverly Review, RMH Interiors + Design.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Tickets for the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and available online at www.bapa.org or at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St., Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the event, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, contact bapa@bapa.org.

40th Annual Ridge Run: Jog Back to the Seventies for Ridge Run Fun

 

Event includes Memorial Day Parade, Post-Race Festival, Kids Area and More

Dig out your tube socks, sweat bands and jogging shorts — Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is reaching back to the seventies for the 40th Annual Ridge Run through the historic Beverly neighborhood on Memorial Day, Mon., May 29. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago.

In commemoration of the anniversary, registered runners who participate in the races will receive a finisher medal. The post-race festival includes food, beer and family activities in Ridge Park, and the event includes the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade.

One of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood races, the Ridge Run is well-known for the thousands of spectators that line the route, cheering on the runners, offering water and playing music. Neighbors are encouraged to be part of this amazing event, add your voices to the cheering, and make your way to Longwood Drive for one of Chicago’s oldest community Memorial Day parades.

Race options include 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and the untimed Youth Mile. Participants can register online at www.bapa.org through May 24, but you must be registered by May 4 to guarantee receiving a T-shirt. Race details and registration are available at www.bapa.org under events. This year’s race is a CARA certified Runners Choice race.

Little Company of Mary Hospital Returns as Presenting Sponsor

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers is presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run, and generously supplies the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent as well as on-site free blood pressure checks and general health information. Children are invited to learn about good health and receive a free gift (while they last) from the Little Company of Mary volunteers.

Little Company of Mary Hospital has been tending to area patients since the 1930s. State-of-the-art medical technologies and services are offered at their Evergreen Park hospital as well as satellite centers. For information on the wide variety of medical services and health education opportunities or to find a physician, visit www.lcmh,org.

Road Home Program is Parade Presenting Sponsor

The Ridge Run event is a great morning for athletes and spectators alike. The Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women in the US Armed Forces who have given their lives for our freedom will be held in the park at 9 a.m. The Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade steps off from at 110th Place and Longwood Drive and follows the last of the Ridge Run 5K participants, and marches north to Ridge Park. U.S. Army veteran Rich Doyle is Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. Doyle served in the Vietnam War and rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming a sergeant during this three years on active duty.

The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush University Medical Center is presenting sponsor of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade. The Road Home Program provides individualized care to veterans and their families to help heal the “invisible wounds of war.” The program is committed to helping all veterans returning home to address service and combat-related health and mental health issues as well as family challenges. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Modie Lavin is the Community Outreach Coordinator, and she can be reached at 312-942-8354.

Among the many groups participating in the Memorial Day Parade are the Morgan Park High School State Champ basketball team, Mount Greenwood Special Olympics gold medalist in the recent Austria games Tommy Shimoda, Jesse White Tumblers, Beverly Bombshells, area Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Ridge Historical Society, military groups, schools and teams. Anyone interested in marching can by calling 773-233-3100 or at www.bapa.org on the Ridge Run registration page.

Stepping Up the Pace for Fun

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the youth mile at 8:10 and 5K at 9:30. Mike Haggerty Buick, GMC, Volkswagen is sponsor of the 10K and provides the Ridge Run pace car.

The Ridge Run finish line takes runners right into the post-race festival area in Ridge Park. Runners and spectators are invited to enjoy food and beer, the Tot Trot, face painting, a visit from Nature’s Creatures and other activities. Beverly Bank is sponsoring the children’s area.

Running Club Challenge

Running teams, families, school running clubs will be well represented in this year’s Ridge Run! More than a dozen local schools are participating in the youth 5K training program. Last year, Clissold Elementary School at 110th and Western had the biggest running club with 100+ members. This year, BAPA and Clissold School are challenging other school teams to be bigger and better. The team with the best turn out will win a plaque and have special Ridge Run team T-shirts for next year’s race.

The Youth Mile, sponsored by Southtown Health Foods, is open to children age 6 to 13. Members of the Chicago Special Olympics at Mount Greenwood Park will be leading the Youth Mile and also volunteering.

Train with an Elite Athlete

Kate DeProsperis of Clarendon Hills, an elite runner who chose the Ridge Run to help train for her second trip to the Olympic Marathon Trials later this year, will offer a free Ridge Run training session Wed., May 17, 4 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. DeProsperis’ latest marathon time clocked in at a speedy 2:42:49, and she’s running the Ridge Run 10K with the goal of achieving a personal best. Local runner who join her for the training session will learn from one of the fastest marathoners in the Midwest. For info, contact Margot Holland at mholland@bapa.org.

 

Registration and Race Day

Online registration closes on May 24, but advance registration continues at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, May 24 through 27, and at Ridge Park, Sun., May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Ridge Park. Race start times are 10K run, 8 a.m., Youth Mile, 8:10 a.m., and 5K run and untimed walk, 9:30 a.m. Race details and the schedule for advance registration and packet pick-up is at www.bapa.org under Events.

Event Sponsors

Sponsors of the 40th Annual Ridge Run are Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (presenting sponsor), Mike Haggerty Buick, GMC, Volkswagen, Beverly Bank & Trust, Road Home Program (Memorial Day Parade sponsor), Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, Marquette Bank, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, County Fair, The Private Bank, Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Pendo Advisors LLC, AT&T, PLS, Running Excels, 670The SCORE, AthleteX, Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy, WSHE 100.3, Marathon Sportswear, TreadFit, The Beverly Review, AlphaGraphics, Calabria Imports, Trace Ambulance, Beverly Records, Original Rainbow Cone, Cork & Kerry, Dino Jump, Chicago Park District, Mariano’s, Health Advocates and Special Olympics/Mount Greenwood Park.

The Ridge Run raises funds for the Beverly Area Planning Association, a not-for-profit organization serving Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. Information: 773-233-3100 or http://bapa.org/events/ridge-run-parade/

 

 

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Village Viewpoint

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Spring! As we welcome spring, we remember that this is a great time in our community! As our neighborhood trees and gardens come back to life, a new baseball season begins and graduation draws near for our students.

Here at BAPA spring is our most exciting time of year, packed with our biggest community events — the 46th edition of the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour and 40th annual Ridge Run and Memorial Day parade. These events have been bedrocks of our community for more than a generation, and they keep getting better!

We are a community that takes great pride in our homes and the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour on May 21st, gives us a lot to be proud about! The tour celebrates all the beautiful homes in our community, and this year will feature two of our neighborhood’s Frank Lloyd Wright homes as well as a tiny house built by the students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, along with three other area homes that are each special in their own way and historic Ridge Park, where the tour begins.

We are so thankful to the committee of volunteers that plans this popular event and to the generous homeowners who open and share their homes with us. A special highlight is that there will be experiences at each home to enjoy, from mini golf to mead tastings and docents who specialize in Frank Lloyd Wright. Do not miss this event!

Those of you who know me, know I am runner and love to run in different races supporting different causes. The Ridge Run has long been my favorite race!  I remember being engaged to my now husband and feeling so much pride to bring him out to experience the Ridge Run and the community where I grew up. Now, our family is up and ready to go to Ridge Park and compete in different races — from the 10K and 5K to the youth mile, the Hollands will be there and soaking up the community and competition! This event is a must even if you are not a runner! You can volunteer on the course or in the park. Runners and walkers certainly don’t want to miss this awesome event — we have a 40th annual Ridge Run commemorative finisher medal, post-race festival for the whole family, and lots more! Sign your team up today at www.bapa.org

I am so thankful for the support of the Ridge Run committee but especially our presenting sponsor, Little Company of Mary Hospital.  Each year they come through with support from their amazing staff of doctors and nurses to ensure a safe run for all to enjoy, however more than that they are a pillar in this community providing health care to our residents 365 days a year! Thank you Little Company of Mary for your support of BAPA, the Ridge Run and all of Beverly Hills Morgan Park!

Don’t miss out on the fun and please join us for these great community events!  For more information on tickets and registration please check out our website, bapa.org or call my office at 773-233-3100.

— Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director

Free Family Fun Nights Start June 8

Make a date with your kids for Family Fun Nights, Thursdays, June 8, 15. 22 and 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., across from the Metra Station adjacent to the Beverly Bank parking lot, 1908 W. 103rd St.

Every week a different theme will be celebrated with special guests, activities, music, fun and food. Little Company of Mary Hospital will be handing out giveaways to the kids and doctors will be available to talk about family health.

For Choose Kind Week, on June 8 will feature Miss Jamie’s Farm celebrating the Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown with songs and activities sure to appeal to all her barnyard buddies. Jamie has been performing at parties in Chicagoland since 2013, and is a favorite among kids and their parents.

The Beverly Records DJ will be playing the tunes for a Dance Party on June 15.

The June 22 event features a performance by the Storybox Improv Theater who will generate a story from an from audience suggestion in this imaginative and fully improvised show.

On June 29, families will join in the official Summer Kick-Off Party! Music and lots of fun activities are in store as we celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year.

Each week will Calabria Imports will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a good time!

Family Fun Nights are co-sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), Little Company of Mary Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine/Comer Children’s Hospital, Beverly Bank and Trust, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Calabria Imports, People’s Gas and Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen.

The events will be presented as planned, weather permitting.

BAPA History: Events and Community Engagement

By Willie Winters

“When a community comes together, good things happen.”

After reading former BAPA executive director Chuck Shanabruch’s article in the April issue of The Villager, I was reminded of how difficult the challenge of maintaining a strong, vibrant community can be. Chuck laid out the key programs and areas of work that BAPA has so steadfastly maintained over the years.

During my tenure as executive director, BAPA continued to push the organization’s original mission and, I believe, accomplished good outcomes in many areas including maintaining quality schools and improving retail corridors, community safety and housing. This was due to a talented BAPA staff which at the time included Adeline Ray, Marcia Walsh, Alice Collins, Pam Holt and Grace Kuikman all working together with a strong and committed board.

BAPA board members worked tirelessly to keep our community moving in the right direction. I was especially grateful for the insightful and professional direction we received from the board presidents. Tom Hogan, Rosa Hudson, Greg Richmond, Mike Stanton and Melody Camp were terrific leaders who made tough decisions, all in the interest of keeping BAPA strong and on task.

Mike Sise, who headed up the Beverly Morgan Park CDC, deserves special recognition for his development work in our community and for gifting BAPA’s current location to the organization in 2005.

Programs are the outward mechanisms of an organization that push forward the mission, but in order to keep programs solid you have to have resources. BAPA is self-funded, largely through the generous donations of community residents and businesses. Community events are also a significant source of income and support for BAPA’s programs.

During the eight years I was with BAPA our events underwent significant changes. Many folks in our community don’t necessarily like change, but it’s necessary to breathe new life into events with both subtle and sometimes dramatic changes. In 2001, we changed the route of the Ridge Run (which celebrates its 40th run this Memorial Day!). The route was extended south of 111th Street for the first time with the idea of including more parts of the community in the race while giving the runners a change of scenery. (The route has since moved back north of 111th Street due to higher costs of street closures etc.) We also added chip timing, enhanced runner refreshments, dri-tech shirts and the youth mile. The Memorial Day celebration included the traveling Viet Nam Wall one year.

We introduced a fall festival on the grounds of Morgan Park Academy that was mildly successful the first year and even visited by the young Obama family. The next year it was, literally, snowed out.

The Snowflake Ball was one of BAPA’s signature events and great fundraiser for many years but as The Plaza deteriorated and lost business, we saw a drop in attendance.  We moved it to St. Xavier University for a few years, but it never gained back its old charm and we decided to cancel it.

Fortunately we were able to bring an exciting new event to the community in the summer of 2003, the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. Thanks to assistance from David Kennedy, who was with the Mayor’s Office of Special events at that time, we were introduced to the operators of the oldest criterium series in the country and became the first Chicago location for the race. The BHCC still takes place every July, providing the excitement of bicycle racing along with the opportunity to spend time with friends and neighbors in a festival setting.

All of the BAPA events are designed to bring people to our community while bringing our community together.  We want others to see the beauty of our neighborhood and perhaps come back to purchase a home and become part of our community.

Hundreds of residents were introduced to the Beverly/Morgan park community through BAPA events. Many people have remarked of how they were impressed by all of the volunteers who welcomed them to our community.

More importantly, events build community. The Beverly/Morgan Park area is divided into little communities by geography, parishes, churches, schools and civic associations. Community wide events bring everybody together to celebrate, participate and share our stories. Because at the heart of any good community is a story that must be told, improved on and shared. It’s what makes our community and any community special.

See you in the neighborhood.

 

Village Viewpoint by Margot Holland

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Spring is here! This spring we are focusing on turning small acts into big change for our neighborhood. Every day we take phone calls and listen to our neighbors’ concerns, helping them to trouble shoot both big and small challenges they face. We supply referrals for home improvement and work with current property and business owners brainstorming ideas to improve our commercial strips.

The small act of cleaning house can create big changes in our neighborhood through beautification. Beginning Apr. 3 neighbors can drop off any old or unused household items in good condition to help us raise money to support BAPA beautification efforts. This “fund”drive will specifically help us tackle the re-landscaping of the cul-de-sacs in West and North Beverly. You can help us by donating your gently used toys, clothes, books and much more. We get 20 cents per pound – so the more stuff we collect, the more beautification! Drop off all your unwanted items at BAPA offices, 1987 W. 111th St. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Apr., 28, or drive over on Sat., April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when we will have a drop off collection in our parking lot. Please call the office at 773-233-3100 with any questions.

Neighbors will also have an opportunity take part in the community clean and greens on Earth Day, Sat., Apr. 22. We are looking for volunteers to help us clean up our public spaces.

BAPA is committed to making Earth Month a success by spring cleaning our houses and public areas and getting ready for the summer months of fun.

A special thank you to all our members who make it possible for BAPA to continue our work in the neighborhood. Without membership support, BAPA would not be celebrating our 70th anniversary.
All the best,

Margot

Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright!

BAPA’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Features 2 Wright Homes on May 21

Two unusual homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a tiny house designed and built by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences are among the outstanding stops on the Beverly Area Planning Association’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Sun., May 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

All tours must begin by 3 p.m., and start at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., where people must check-in to receive their booklets, which are required for admission into the homes.  The three-level historic Ridge Park fieldhouse features a pool, meeting rooms, performance space, gym and workout room, as well as the Vanderpoel Art Association art gallery.

2 Rare Wrights

This is a particularly important year for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture. It is the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the construction of Wright’s Guy C. Smith House in Beverly/Morgan Park. The Smith House and the Jesse & William Adams House, both Chicago Landmark houses, will be open for the Tour. They are rare and distinctive examples of Wright’s work.

The Guy C. Smith house is one of two American System Built homes designed by Wright and built in our community in1917.  Wright’s goal was to offer livable and beautiful prefabricated housing at a moderate price.  Only a few of the homes were built before the US entered World War I and construction materials became less available.  The current owners have spent more than 25 years carefully restoring this house. It as last on the Home Tour a decade ago, and since that time has undergone a complete renovation of its spacious yard that includes the installation of a Wright-inspired pond and all new landscaping.

Built in 1901, the Jesse and William Adams house was designed during an important period of experimentation for Frank Lloyd Wright that resulted in the development of the Prairie School. The home’s owner, William Adams, commissioned Wright to design it. Adams was a contractor/builder who worked with several prominent architects on residential and commercial buildings. Adams and Wright worked on several projects. Emerging Prairie Style elements in the Adams house can be seen in the horizontal design and the way the porch connects the homes interior and exterior. The Adams house was last on BAPA’s Home Tour in 1996.

Also Featured on the Tour

The Tour will also open the doors to an exceptional Prairie Style house that has been renovated from top to bottom for a contemporary family lifestyle; an English style home designed by Homer G. Sailor and built in 1930 for a prominent Chicago financier; a historied Colonial Revival Foursquare built in 1903 on a wooded lot atop the hill; and a tiny house built for display at Chicago’s Home and Garden Show by students at the Chicago Ag school.

Home Tour stops feature cooking and decorating demonstrations, experts offering home and garden advice, tastings and lots more.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Tickets for the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and available online at www.bapa.org or at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St., Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the event, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, contact bapa@bapa.org. .

 

Real Estate Update: Brisk Spring Market, Choosy Buyers

By Grace Kuikman

Local real estate professionals report two spring trends in Beverly/Morgan Park: A brisk market where well priced homes sell quickly, and an increasing number of buyers who want a home in “move-in” condition.

“It’s been a very busy spring,” said Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Real Estate. “Lots of houses have been going under contract.”

Bernadette Molloy, Molloy & Associates Realtors, called the market “thriving.” “When we get a listing, it’s sold right away. Beverly is still a draw. It’s a vibrant, active market for young families.”

Local real estate prices have stabilized and are starting in inch back up. Like other commodities, real estate prices are affected by supply and demand observed Bill Biros, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Biros Real Estate.  “Demand is increasing and we expect to see prices gradually increase,” he said.

With people generally more confident in the economy and interest rates still fairly low, there’s also an expectation that this upward trend could continue.

Randy Papp, President of Pacor Mortgage Corp., said that real estate markets are seasonal, and the mild weather plus the approach of the end of the school year are also factors that compel more prospective home buyers to start looking.

“The market looks strong,” Papp said, who also observed a modest influx of higher priced homes on the market in the community, a positive trend.

Barbara Thouvenell of PRS Real Estate Services notes a recent experience that she hopes becomes a “lucky trend.” Of a dozen appointments to show a house, almost all of the people came from outside the neighborhood – mostly Oak Park, Hyde Park and downtown. “That’s unusual,” Thouvenell said. Sales trends formerly monitored through BAPA’s housing survey indicated that for many years, the highest percentage of home buyers came from an apartment or another home within the community. Other factors that have historically driven buyers to Beverly/Morgan Park are the stability of the home values and the quality of the housing stock.

Today’s buyers are also a little older than in past years, and often their “starter home” was a condo. They’re looking for a home that does not require a lot of work.

“The typical first time buyer today wants everything done,” Biros said. “Sweat equity does not exist anymore.”

Fitzgerald agrees. “Back in the day there was a Bob Vlla [This Old House] mentality – people bought a big house and fixed it up. Not anymore.”

According to Thouvenell, houses in good condition in a moderate price range sell quickly. Although buyers are more demanding, it’s not just about wanting everything done. Thouvenell said that lending standards are also stricter, and even more strict for homes that need a lot of work.

Because home inspections are now routine and the inspectors are meticulous. buyers and lenders want a better prepared property. “If there are moisture issues, it’s not just ‘Why didn’t they fix it?’ it’s, ‘What else have they left undone?’” Molloy said.  “Buyers are fussier. It’s important that sellers are mindful of the big connect between condition and price.”

What can sellers do to get their homes market-ready? “Declutter and clean, clean, clean,” Fitzgerald said. “Walking into a house that’s clean and fresh works better than having cookies baking in the oven.”

Thouvenell advises sellers to “look at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn to see how they set up their rooms. Paint in those colors.”

“Clean, paint and make minor repairs, and, if you can, make major repairs,” Biros said. Basement seepage, really bad windows, flooring that’s coming up or peeling, curling shingles – they can all bring down a home’s price. But Biros also advises buyers not to pass up a great house that may need a little work. “If a buyer finds a house in good condition but not updated, and they have the ability to update, that could be the best value in the neighborhood,” he said.

“Buyers and sellers need to realize that real estate is local,” Biros said. “What’s trending in the Loop or the suburbs is not necessarily what’s trending here. This is a unique neighborhood. There’s city demand, access to the Loop, diversity in the people and the housing. There will always be a demand for our neighborhood.”

Next month: Why use a local real estate professional

 

 

 

 

Calumet Paint Talks Spring Trends and Wrigley Field Renovations

By Kristin Boza

Calumet Paint & Wallpaper, 12120 S. Western Ave., is dedicated to quality service and expertise, and their finger is on the pulse of home decor trends — which could be some of the many reasons why they were chosen as the paint experts and supplier for the major Wrigley Field renovation.

Owner Mark LaVelle is really excited to be a part of the Wrigley Field renovations. “The changes being made inside and outside the ball park are astonishing,” he said. “[The Ricketts family] has taken a baseball shrine and are returning it to the Taj Mahal of sports and a must-see tourist attraction in Illinois.”

Calumet Paint is starting the third year of its engagement with the Wrigley Field project. The store is responsible for matching all of the colors and have the formulas for each aspect of the project, supplying all of the paint for the buildings, inside and out.

Closer to home, and on a much smaller scale, Calumet Paint donated paint for a “tiny house” built by Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences students, which was featured at the Chicago Home and Garden Show and will be open for touring on BAPA’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour on Sun., May 21.

LaVelle, who attended Clissold Elementary School and Morgan Park High School, quickly said yes when asked for the donation. “We strongly believe in being proactive in our community. Tiny Houses have created a lot of attention; the innovation and use of square footage is truly amazing,” he said. “This will definitely be an exciting and positive event, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Calumet Paint employees are knowledgeable and experienced people who advise their customers on trends, tools, tips and materials. “All of our employees are experienced painters; they offer a lot of advice based on their experience,” LaVelle said. “In 2017, we’re seeing a lot of dramatic colors in paint, with shades of muted taupe, gray, burgundy, sienna and amethyst.”

LaVelle is also seeing a resurgence in wallpaper sales, with most homeowners choosing to use it on accent walls. “Wallpaper is a long-term commitment because of the cost. The designs are beautiful and there’s plenty to choose from,” he said. He warns that patterns are available for about two years, so if wallpaper is chosen, be sure to buy extra in case it needs to be repaired years down the road. Not only will it be hard to find at a later date, but it’s also essential to get extra wallpaper from the same run number as the original, since the color or pattern on other runs may not match exactly.

Paint is always advantageous for homeowners, since it’s inexpensive, can be easily changed and repaired, and it never needs to be removed. “I’m a big paint fan,” LaVelle said. “It protects everything inside and outside of your home. Anything that can deteriorate is protected by paint.” He advises using a good quality paint, since the colors are brighter, it adheres better and covers well, and it’s easy to clean.

Wallpaper and paint are two relatively easy ways to brighten your home. “Your everyday world is full of aggressive energy; you need to create your own serenity with your home,” LaVelle said. “Color has the power to affect how we feel mentally and physically. It’s a powerful design tool that can make rooms feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic. Color makes a tiny room larger or a spacious one feel more intimate, without the time or expense of moving walls.”

To get a consultation for your own home paint/wallpaper renovation, visit Calumet Paint & Wallpaper or call 708-371-2240.

Vietnam War Vet Grand Marshal of Parade

U.S. Army veteran Rich Doyle is Grand Marshal of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade. Doyle during the Vietnam War.

Drafted in August 1966, Doyle was 19 years old when he entered into military service. “I was very proud and I’ve always loved my country,” he said. “I’ll be honest that when I first went into the Army at 19 years old, I wasn’t used to being treated the way I was by the drill sergeants. I talked to my dad, who was at Omaha Beach during D-Day, and he told me to be the best solider I could be and good things will come of it.”

Working hard, Doyle quickly rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming a sergeant during this three years in active duty. “I won a Soldier of the Month contest at Fort Bragg, NC before I went to Vietnam. I got promoted pretty quickly, which is kind of unusual. I probably could have made another rank, but I was close to going home and I was satisfied. I know I made my parents proud,” he said.

Doyle left for Vietnam on Aug. 31, 1967 and returned home on Aug. 13, 1968. He was happy to return home safely, but was not prepared for the crowds at O’Hare protesting the Vietnam War and the returning veterans — protestors who even threw objects at the returning soldiers. “I had no indication that would happen; my family was there waiting for me and my dad just grabbed me and said we had to get out of there right away. So, it was a happy time that turned out to be not good,” he said.

As Grand Marshal, Doyle will lead and kick-off the parade; he will be accompanied by his siblings and friends, some coming from Champaign and California to support him. “I’ve always been involved in the parade; I’m honored to be asked and I’ll do my best to represent this community,” he said. “We should all be reminded of the veterans and our sacrifices.”