We’re BAPA Members. Are You?


Bookie’s has brought together the community for 28 years; the last three under the helm of owner Keith Lewis and now at a new location on Western Avenue. “BAPA ties things together in our community,” Lewis said. “BAPA makes it seem like there’s always something happening in the community. From the Cookie Crawl to the Cycling Classic, the community is more vibrant for the activities BAPA puts on.” Lewis believes supporting BAPA as  a business member is essential to continuing to grow the sense of community. “BAPA helps get the names of the businesses out there. They make sure people are thinking about the area,” he said.

Sharon & Gary Jenkins

“We are very proud to be members of the Beverly Area Planning Association. We support this community organization, and feel supported by them. They are in partnership with stores that we patronize. We love the discounts we receive as BAPA members through the use of our BAPA Card. We are also members of the Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA), which BAPA supports by copying the flyers and newsletters that are distributed to VIA members. When we attend the monthly CAPS meetings, a member of BAPA is usually in attendance. They realize the importance of knowing what’s going on in the community and the concerns they may be able to help address. BAPA is about partnership and caring for all the residents of Beverly/Morgan Park We will always be members of such a supportive organization. Will you?”


Jeff and Michele Pettiford

“Jeff and I are ‘transplants’ to the community. I really love BAPA’s tag line, “come for a visit stay for a lifetime” because that is our family. Jeff and I used to come this way from downtown to visit his grandma. We would drive down Longwood Drive, looking at all of the beautiful houses and Jeff would say, “Pick one.  Any one you want!”  I would laugh – I wanted to pick ALL of them!  My personal favorite BAPA event is Home Tour. I love how people open up their homes to welcome others from all over, share a piece of them, their house history, and why we love to live here. BAPA brings the community together in a modern and family orientated way. That is a community. That is Beverly/Morgan Park.


Frank J. Williams

“I moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1974. I’ve seen a lot of things in our neighborhood, and, years ago, a lot of it was not so good. But I have also seen a steady improvement in our community’s ability to deal with our diversity on all levels — political, ethnic, economic and educational. This is a community that needs a strong organization like the Beverly Area Planning Association, and needs neighbors who make their diverse opinions known to their association. The beauty of BAPA today is that the folks heading it have the sensitivity to deal with all aspects of our community.”

Marilyn Stone and Linda Lamberty

“Our family has roots on the Ridge that go way back, and we know it has always been a very special place.  The ethnic make-up here has evolved considerably over that time, but what has remained the same is that everyone continues to care so deeply.  They love the place; they support their neighbors; they give of themselves to the community. Even after moving away, this is still HOME and it turns out that you CAN go home again, because while faces may change, the neighborliness here remains the same. BAPA has been a constant here for many years.  It has supported us and helped us navigate the tricky waters of racial change, and it keeps us on our toes as times change in other ways. You see BAPA’s hand everywhere, and in the smiling faces of people who are always working to help us preserve this wonderful place to live. Oh, and we love The Villager!”

Aaron and Leslie Chenoweth

“BAPA creates a true sense of community for the neighborhood. It acts as a convener whether that be its big events like the Ridge Run, its information forums like High School 101 or simply opening up its community room to other local organizations. BAPA is a partner with local businesses, arts organizations and schools.  BAPA makes Beverly/Morgan Park feel like home.  It embodies the motto ‘Love Where You Live.’ We strongly believe in being active members of our community.  For many, this involvement starts with supporting their church or kid’s school.  BAPA should be at the top of that list as well.  Making our community a great place to work, live and play is in all of our best interest.  BAPA’s work takes financial support and volunteer support. It truly takes a village.”

Barney Callaghan’s Pub

Bernard and Mary Callaghan have owned the spot now known as Barney Callaghan’s Pub for over 30 years. Avid supporters of BAPA, the Callaghans appreciate BAPA’s efforts to bring a greater awareness of local businesses to the community. “I love all the new and exciting things BAPA is doing, like the Sip & Shop,” Mary said. “It’s great that they’re trying to creatively drum up business for local businesses.” Mary is looking forward to being a part of this year’s Cookie Crawl. “From the Cycling Classic to the Ridge Run, BAPA does so many great things. Every one of these events bring business our way and new life into the community,” she said.


Baird and Sal Campbell

“We feel lucky to live in a beautiful, unique, diverse, thriving neighborhood. If you love where you live, you should support BAPA — it is a simply a smart way to invest in the continued success of our community! BAPA is our community’s biggest cheerleader, celebrating the unique character of our neighborhood and the wonderful people who live here. They help local businesses thrive and connect with the community, which helps both the character and economy of our neighborhood. As a founder of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, a local non-profit organization, I am extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from BAPA over the last four years. They have been there for us many times – often at a moment’s notice. It’s these little things BAPA does every day that have the biggest impact on our community.”

Matt and Ellen King

“My husband Matt and I have lived in the Beverly/Morgan Park area on and off for over 40 years with the exception of a few years on the north side.  We feel strongly about preservation of our neighborhood and keeping an eye on the future Beverly/Morgan Park that we are passing on to our kids. With its forward-thinking leadership and willingness to create events and programs that meet the needs of the people living here, BAPA is an organization that is perfectly aligned with this desire. Becoming a part of BAPA has really opened our eyes to the positive impact that a dynamic neighborhood organization can have throughout the community. For us, supporting BAPA is crucial to feeling like we’re part of the bigger picture. Being BAPA members strengthens our pride in where we live. We’re very grateful that BAPA exists!”


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Village Viewpoint by Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director

October 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Our community never disappoints when it comes to supporting one another. That was evident at our first Sip n’ Shop girls night out event highlighting women owned businesses along the 99th and 103rd street business corridors. Over 200 women came out to support our small business community! It was a magical night because the business owners rolled out the red carpet for the community. Thank you to those who came out to participate and to the businesses that stayed open late and provided a unique experience in their shop.

When owners invest in their small business we all win because local economic development is trademark to a healthy community. Shopping local is something our community does because we know how important these retail and service related businesses are to the vitality of Beverly/Morgan Park.  If you missed the Sip n’ Shop, don’t worry! Local business owners are already preparing for their next big event, the Beverly Art Walk on Sat., Oct. 7, coordinated by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance. Artists and performers will be featured in local businesses and many other venues.  A new dimension his year is the unveiling of the City of Chicago’s public art project for the 19th Ward. BAPA was a part of the committee to choose the public art piece. We love to see all this investment in our neighborhood!

BAPA has been busy working with civic associations preparing for the 30+ trees we will along residential parkways plant in November and advocating for the rehabilitation of the Ridge Park Fieldhouse.  BAPA has been very supportive of the newly formed Ridge Park Advisory Council in reaching out to the Chicago Park District and attending their budget hearing to help shine a light on the disrepair of the Ridge Park Fieldhouse.

For 70 years the Beverly Area Planning Association has been bringing the community together to help spur economic development, increase City services and, more than anything, build a strong sense of community. That is made possible thanks to our members.  We are so lucky to have over 1400 members currently supporting BAPA. We have worked hard to define membership beyond community events and have rolled out the BAPA card and opened the business center and community room, and continue to offer trade referrals and other services.  We hope you will join your neighbors in supporting BAPA through membership. Look for the membership envelope inside this issue of The Villager and please join the BAPA family today!

All the best, Margot




Nurturing Your Body and Spirit

Good health requires a combination of preventative and restorative care. Located at 11240 S. Western, ExcellCare Physical Therapy and Erin Kelly Massage Therapy work in tandem to offer holistic approaches to reducing pain and restoring physical health.

ExcellCare Physical Therapy was established in 1999 with a mission change the way physical therapy is provided in the USA. The facility uses a hands-on approach that focuses pain reduction. “[It is] an absolutely necessary first step in creating a positive patient response,” explained Sanjoy Roy, Director of Physical Therapy. Treatment focuses on a series of purposeful techniques using manual therapy, decompression of the spine, and other forms of holistic ways to treat and cure patients. ExcellCare also integrates acupuncture and next-generation laser therapy to treat pain.

“At ExcellCare, we strongly value the patient experience and believe that the plan of care begins from the moment a patient walks through our doors,” Roy said. Driven by the mission to provide a simple and individualized system of physical therapy care that produces positive results, the staff treats many conditions, including back pain, neck pain, stenosis, arthritis, hip pain and knee pain.

In May, Erin Kelly moved her practice to ExcellCare’s facility. “Erin Kelly’s Massage Therapy practice has been a refreshing addition to the ExcellCare Physical Therapy family.” Roy said. “Our patients have been referred to Erin often for her massage therapy expertise in addition to the physical therapy treatment ExcellCare provides. ExcellCare believes in a strong and meaningful relationship with Erin Kelly to provide optimum patient care.”

Now in her tenth year of practice, Kelly trained at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and is a certified and licensed massage therapist specializing in myofascial trigger point therapy to effectively reduce and relieve pain. Caused by injury, repetitive motion and other common factors, myofascial pain is chronic muscle pain that can present along with fatigue, stress, weakness, loss of motion and depression. “It’s not just a sore muscle,” Kelly said.

Kelly combines her education and experience with her natural and intuitive presence and ability to ‘listen’ through therapeutic touch to provide natural healing, helping her clients feel their best. Each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation used to create a personalized treatment plan. Patients are also provided with suggestions for self-care, resources and tips to prevent pain and injury.

Exemplifying her belief and health and spirit are connected, Kelly’s light open space is conducive to healing, and the high grade therapeutic essential oils she uses boost the efficacy of treatment and enhance relaxation. Kelly appreciates working collaboratively with physical therapists to provide an extra layer of pain relief and health benefits to clients.

Kelly, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident, has built her practice here. “I’m grateful to be in a community that’s so supportive,” she said.

ExcellCare Physical Therapy accepts most insurances, and can be reached at 773-779-1111 for appointments. Learn more about the scope of their services at www. ExcellCare.net. Kelly does not do medical billing but accepts referrals. Find more information or make appointments at 773-569-1015 or www.erinkellylmt.com.

Home Cooking: Swanson’s Deli

By Kristin Boza

Swanson’s Deli and Catering, 2414 W. 103rd St., has been a neighborhood staple for over 50 years. Under new ownership since December, Swanson’s continues to offer Swedish specialties and American fare, and it is important for new owners Todd Thielmann and Greg Dix to continue the neighborhood tradition.

“Swanson’s was historically a Swedish deli, and we continue to offer Swedish items like Limpa bread, Gottenburg sausage, Bondost cheese and potato sausage,” said Thielmann. “The Swedish offerings are expanded during Christmas.”

Thielmann said that customers expect their delectable best sellers, including potato salad, chicken salad and the ever-popular cheeseballs. “My idea of a perfect sandwich is chicken salad on a buttercrust roll with lettuce, tomato and red onion,” Thielmann said. “Throw in a side of potato salad and it’s heaven.”

Dix and Thielmann grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park and felt it was essential to continue the Swanson’s role within the community.

“Whether it’s news at the different parishes, talk about local sports teams or the goings-on around town, it feels like Swanson’s is in the middle of it all,” Thielmann said. “Customers always thank us for taking over and continuing the legacy. It’s sad when a long-time business closes their doors, and we are excited about breathing new life into a community cornerstone.”

Fresh, high-quality food is essential to the pair as they retain the community favorites and enhance their menu.

“Greg and I look at it like we are now the caretakers of a loved and established deli. Customers have high expectations of the quality and consistency of the food we offer,” Thielmann said. For example, the chicken used in the chicken salad is cooked in-house and cut by hand, and the potatoes are peeled and diced by Dix and Thielmann.

“Our customers are very loyal because they know that we work very hard to present the best product,” Thielmann said.

Try to capture the best of Swanson’s flavors at home by making your own version of their chicken noodle soup. Or if all else fails, stop in for a cup to enjoy at home.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes approximately 3 quarts


2 quarts chicken stock

1 1/2 cups carrots, diced

1 1/2 cups yellow onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 cups egg noodles

1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped

Salt & pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup water or chicken stock, cold

Bring chicken stock to a boil and immediately turn down heat to a simmer. Add vegetables and garlic. Simmer until vegetables are soft (about 7 to 10 minutes) add noodles and simmer another 5 to 7 minutes. When noodles are cooked, add chicken, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Remember to never let soup reach a boil. Adjust seasoning, if needed, and serve hot with crackers or crusty bread.

Shop at Swanson’s Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. Order ahead by calling 773-239-1197. More info: www.swansonsbeverlydeli.com.

Sculpt and Shred Offers Nutrition and Fitness Programs

By Kristin Boza

Sculpt and Shred, 1741 W. 95th St., a fitness studio dedicated to ensuring healthier lives and helping people battle specific diseases and conditions, opened in May with a hard-hitting program to improve the overall health of participants.

“We train from the inside out,” said owner Andrew Sanders. “We cater to people who are dealing with diabetes and high blood pressure. We also cater to the elderly and anyone dealing with severe joint problems, sciatica or kidney disease. The foundation of Sculpt and Shred is to deal with those diseases.”

Sanders is a dietician, nutritionist and fitness expert. He works with his clients to create specialized meal plans that focus on their particular ailment. The fitness program is designed to build muscle and quickly lose inches. “You’ll never do the same exercise twice at Sculpt and Shred. When you work those muscle fibers differently, you’ll get different results,” he said. “We are creative and completely hands off the book — we put together workout plans from our skill sets and the gift we possess.”

Through the Sculpt and Shred weight loss programs, Sanders said that his clients can lose 15 or more pounds per month, depending on their individual goals. “We have been so successful at it. We guarantee those results and, if you don’t achieve it the first time, we will train you for free until you do achieve that success,” he said.

In October, Sculpt and Shred is offering an unlimited class package for $79/month. For information, visit their website at SculptAndShredFitness.com.

Sanders’ background in fitness ranges from body building to power lifting to martial arts. He is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a certified EMT.

BAPA Member Profile: Eva Kelly

By Kristin Boza

Eva Kelly, a long-time North Beverly resident, has made a point to support BAPA with an annual membership donation for the last 39 years — since 1978!

Kelly, and her late husband, purchased their home in 1970. “At that time, the racial mix of the area began to change. BAPA had taken the lead in trying to avoid the panic peddling that devastated other areas,” she said. “The issues of housing, education and safety were the core concerns of BAPA, and we felt a responsibility as residents to support it — and our local neighborhood organization, the Beverly Improvement Association.”

As the years went by, Kelly noticed that BAPA’s scope expanded to include numerous special events. “We looked forward to each issue of The Villager, reading it through to keep abreast of what was happening across the area,” she said.

Now that the Kelly children have grown and moved out, and Mr. Kelly has passed away, Eva is the oldest on her block and the second-longest resident. “I believe we made a wise choice in moving to Beverly. Our children learned to love the city, to take advantage of what it offered, and to experience a wider mix of people,” she said.

Beverly Improvement Association Celebrates 100 Years

By Kristin Boza

It’s always interesting to think about who lived in our neighborhood as it was established so many years ago. The Beverly Improvement Association, a civic association serving North Beverly residents, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, a milestone that goes to show the unique commitment that residents have to the community.

According to a 100th anniversary pamphlet compiled by the BIA, North Beverly has come a long way since 1917. Back then, traffic on 95th Street moved a lot slower on the two-lane gravel country road. Sidewalks were made of five-foot square slabs of smooth stone — some of which still exists on the southwest corner of 94th and Vanderpoel. Street lamps were lit each night with a blow torch by a man on a bicycle. And snow was removed by a man with a team of horses and a v-shaped plow.

Nearly half of the lots between Damen (known then as Robey Street) and Charles were vacant, which caused some concern among the neighbors of 100 years ago. The BIA was organized by people who realized that they needed to come together to take action to improve their community, according to the BIA brochure.

These days, roads are paved, electricity is plentiful and horses are a hobby — but the feeling of community and the desire to continually improve it has remained the same.

“BIA has been a leader amongst local community service organizations in the Beverly/Morgan Park area,” said Joe Kratzer, current BIA president. “BIA will continue its long history of promoting and hosting family-friendly events, which offer neighbors the chance to meet new faces and enjoy the many great community assets in North Beverly. We live in a community where people care about their neighbors, and BIA will be here to ensure that spirit of community is maintained.”

BIA celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 29, the date when the secretary of state issued the charter officially recognizing the organization. While no official 100th anniversary celebration is planned, the BIA is busy with their much-anticipated events, including the Bicycle Treasure Hunt, BIA Fall Fest, BIA Family Bike Ride, cross-country ski outings in the Dan Ryan Woods, and Santa’s Workshop.

BIA members also actively participate in the City of Chicago’s Clean and Green days and other beautification efforts, and help on projects that support North Beverly and the rest of the neighborhood.

To find out more about the BIA, visit their Facebook page: Beverly Improvement Association (BIA).

Investing in Success: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

By Kristin Boza

Beverly/Morgan Park’s business community is growing in extraordinary ways, giving us places to shop and dine, and investing in our neighborhood. With these investments, expansions and enhancements, the commercial landscape is improving every day. Neighborhood residents can do their part to support these businesses by putting their money where their heart is: right back into our own neighborhood.

“With the ease of online shopping, a brick and mortar business must provide a needed product and also a positive shopping experience,” BAPA board president Maureen Gainer Reilly said. “When businesses invest in their property, staff and product, it directly affects their bottom line.”

Gainer Reilly also notes that area residents must make the choice to support the businesses that make our neighborhood a home. “I often hear South Siders lament that we need more shops and restaurants. But for that to happen, we need to make the ones here a smashing success!” she said. “The next potential business owner sees the support for existing businesses and decides to open that cool new shop, cafe or restaurant. Plus, the math works. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $70 stays local. But that drops to $40 for every $100 spent at a national chain.”

Local businesses not only pour money into the local economy through sales, but as employers. As Gainer Reilly points out, small businesses are more likely to hire local people.

Here are some of the local businesses that are not just opening up shop, they’re investing heavily in our neighborhood.

Bookie’s Moves to Western Avenue

Bookie’s owner Keith Lewis desperately needed to expand shelf space in his popular new and used bookstore.  He scouted properties for a year before deciding on 10324 S. Western, formerly occupied by two businesses.

“The spaces were separated and I found out that they were only combinable with a doorway, as there was a brick wall between the two storefronts. This wouldn’t be a perfect situation for most stores; however, for me, a wall means more wall bookshelves,” Lewis said. He worked with a bookstore shelving company to optimize the space. “We also made sure that the fixtures are all spaced out enough to make the whole store wheelchair accessible.”

Sharing a quote from Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” Lewis best explains his desire to make Bookie’s better than ever: “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”

“I want this community to have a great bookstore,” Lewis said. “A bookstore can be a place that sells books, or it can be a place that sells books, promotes literacy, and gets involved in the community. I want to be the latter. I want Bookie’s to help grow the neighborhood and be a destination bookstore, one to which people will travel to shop.”

By taking a risk and investing in the community, Lewis hopes the community will respond in kind. “We have a lot of people who shop local, but there aren’t enough. There needs to be a concerted effort to invest in the community. Good, strong small businesses need to strive alongside various corporate entities, and it will take the people who live here to make that happen,” he said.

Open Outcry Brewing Co. on Tap

The buzz about Open Outcry is reaching a fever pitch, and owner John Brand is anxious to open its doors. Brand always wanted his own business and decided Beverly/Morgan Park was the place. “I think this is an amazing neighborhood and I don’t think there’s too many places that are still like this with our sense of community and pride,” Brand said. “The support and encouragement I’ve gotten has been pretty humbling, and I saw a good investment opportunity too. If I invest all this money, it’d better be in the neighborhood where I live and raise my children.”

Before moving here, Brand and his family lived downtown. They missed being able to load up their kids in the stroller and walk to eating options. Open Outcry will be a family-friendly destination. “I really wanted a place where it seemed socially acceptable to bring kids; our chef is even creating a kid’s menu,” he said.

Brand is also teaming up with other local businesses to offer workout classes (with Beverly Barre), terrarium building (with The Geranium Guild), a book club (with Bookie’s and the Beverly Arts Center), and a running club end point (with Running Excels).

“Small, locally owned businesses add to the vibrancy and viability of any neighborhood,” Brand said. “You have folks investing in their community and we try very hard to understand what the community is asking for and then deliver it to them. There’s no way a big box or chain is able to deliver on that.”

Tranquility Salon Co. Infuses Creativity into Walden Parkway

As the anchor of Walden Parkway, Tranquility Salon Co. has continuously contributed to the unique atmosphere found in the picturesque area. Meg’n Barba and Katie Schickel are co-owners of the salon.

“The two factors that we owe our continual success to are reinvesting and reinventing,” Barba said. “The salon is a platform for us to understand what people want to see in our neighborhood. Walden Parkway is a really cool nook, a hidden gem.”

When The Blossom Boys closed their business, Barba and Schickel were immediately interested in what would go into the space, ultimately deciding to take it on as an extension of their salon. “If you don’t keep evolving with what’s new and what people see going on in other places, people won’t stay here,” Barba said. “Our investment is seeing to it that the potential [of our block] becomes a reality. We want this block to evolve and cater to the neighborhood and bring things that people want and will use.”

Barba intends for the shop to be an open ended creative space. So far, Tranquility has hosted two music events under their Beverly Music Initiative’s Backyard Project. “We wanted to get the ball rolling to shine a light on great musicians — both local and beyond — and bring it right to our neighborhood. It’s the perfect setting to bring people together in a common place that is not a bar,” Barba said. “We wanted to provide a space for the neighborhood to have good music and try to raise money to turn our backyard into a sustainable venue.”

Barba is set on making Tranquility about more than just hair. “It’s not just a salon to us, we want to create greater ways to bring people together in our space. You don’t necessarily need to come here as a client, but you can still be a part of it,” she said.

Details are pending, but Tranquility plans to host the High Point Festival as part of a community-wide bike ride on July 29. The party will include a live concert in the backyard.

99th and Walden has undergone a lot of changes. B-Sides Coffee + Tea will open in August at 9907 S. Walden. Sweet Freaks, another Walden Parkway staple, moved to 9927 S. Wood St. to expand their offerings and produce all of their goods on site. Replacing Sweet Freaks on Walden is Capsule, a clothing store expected to open in September.



BAPA Member Profile: The Riordan Family

Ann Marie and Dan Riordan are new BAPA members who decided that membership was the clear way to support the neighborhood. “We love the Beverly community and we’re so proud to be residents,” Ann Marie said. “We are so impressed with the work Margot [Holland] has done as BAPA director and the direction she’s taken the organization. That motivated us to be BAPA members.”

The Riordans take part in many BAPA-sponsored events in the community, but it’s the Ridge Run that holds a special place in their family tradition. “The Ridge Run is the highlight of our Memorial Day weekend. We run it, along with our four kids, and it’s a great community event that we all really look forward to,” Ann Marie said. Tommy (16), Jack (14), Nora (12) and Nicholas (9) all run the 5K with their parents, typically with energy to spare.

Tommy attends Reavis High School in Burbank, part of District 220 which Dan is the superintendant of. Jack, Nora and Nicholas attend Christ the King School, where Ann Marie is principal. “We obviously love Beverly, and CK is a big part of it,” Ann Marie said.

Ann Marie loves the fact that so many generations of people have brought up their families in Beverly/Morgan Park. While neither Ann Marie nor Dan grew up here, they hope that their kids decide to keep up the neighborhood tradition of moving back to start their own families.

The Riordans credit BAPA for keeping them, and the rest of the community, on track to maintain the neighborhood and community as a whole. “BAPA concentrates on beautification and getting us together for social events, which is so important,” Ann Marie said. “BAPA helps us all keep our focus; we all want the same goal and without BAPA driving it, I don’t know how organized we would be in accomplishing all of the initiatives that BAPA does.”

BAPA Member Profile” The Duggan Family

Paul and Debbie Duggan, along with their twin 16-year-old daughters, have made their family home in Beverly/Morgan Park since 1980. The Duggans are avid supporters of BAPA and are happy to support the organization that puts our community on the map.

“It’s a great community organization that adds value to the Beverly area,” Paul said. “It’s a voice for the village and it helps represent the neighborhood’s needs and wants.”

The Duggans particularly look forward to the Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade. “I love the community spirit; these types of community events bring a good feeling and you know that we live in a unique place,” Paul said.

Paul recognizes BAPA’s publicity efforts that bring attention to our South Side neighborhood. “People [further north] don’t always know what Beverly is, but when they find it they fall in love with it. Beverly is a nice community with large lots and the Metra runs through it, making it a great place to live since it’s easy to get downtown.”

When the Duggans adopted their daughters from China, Paul was particularly aware of the way the community welcomed the girls into the fold. “It’s a neat place to raise a family because it’s so inclusive. The nature of our community is that everyone’s welcome. I think BAPA contributes to that feeling of inclusivity in the community,” he said. “There are a lot of adopted kids from all over in this neighborhood, and each one is welcome. We’re very lucky to live here and I have no intentions of ever leaving!”