Stories about nonprofit and community organizations that are working to improve the neighborhood and help others.

Special Olympics Chicago to Lead 2018 South Side Irish Parade

Special Olympics Chicago to Lead 2018 South Side Irish Parade Special Olympics Chicago will celebrate its 50th year of offering athletic training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Amyloidosis Support Groups and the Martin McGarry Family are the 2018 Parade Honoree. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of Amyloidosis patients, caregivers and former caregivers.

”It’s been a long standing tradition for the South Side Irish Parade to honor nonprofit organizations that work hard to help others in our neighborhood and this year we are especially proud to honor Amyloidosis Support Groups, the McGarry Family and Special Olympics Chicago,” said Ed Haggerty, co-chair of the South Side Irish Parade Committee. “In fact, the first Special Olympics Games were held right here in Chicago in 1968 at Soldier Field and we are excited to toast their 50 years of serving athletes in our community.”

Special Olympics Chicago is one of the largest programs in the country offering training and competition for more than 7,500 athletes in 22 sports throughout the year. The organization provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympic programming is available in over 122 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city and in 23 Chicago Park District locations.

“We are honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal of the South Side Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and look forward to sharing the experience with many of our local athletes, their families and our supporters from the Southside and throughout Chicagoland,” said Kevin Magnuson, president of Special Children’s Charities and Special Olympics Chicago.

Special Olympics Chicago’s largest fundraiser, the annual Polar Plunge, will return to North Avenue Beach on Mar. 4. To show their support, the South Side Irish Parade will jump in with a special Parade Polar Plunge team.

Parade Honoree, Amyloidosis Support Groups, provides information and resources on research and treatment of Amyloidosis to individuals and families suffering from the disease. Amyloidosis is a rare disease that affects the heart, kidneys, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and other organs. Beverly/Morgan Park resident and former Golden Gloves Boxing title winner Martin McGarry is battling Amyloidosis and has lost several close family members to the disease. He resorted to seeking medical treatment as far away as Germany before more local medical centers and doctors became familiar with the disease. McGarry hopes to help more patients and families find medical resources with access to treatment plans early on in the disease cycle to support stronger outcomes. Learn more about Amyloidosis support groups at or 866-404-7539.

The South Side Irish Parade will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser Sat., Feb. 3, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. The event features raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection, live Irish music and much more.

The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. More than 100 volunteers work year-round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. Visit for more information.



Neighborhood Notes – December 2017

Safety Committee. Are you interested in committing some of your time and talent to community safety? BAPA invites area residents to volunteer for our Safety Committee. For information, contact Margot Holland,

Businesses Needed as UPS Access Points. Holiday shopping has begun, and area residents who make online purchases are interested in using local UPS Access Points — businesses that accept deliveries from UPS drivers and hold the packages until customers pick them up. It’s a free service that could potentially bring more customers into your business and helps prevent the theft that occasionally occurs when packages are delivered to residences when no one is home. Springer Blueprint Service, 10640 S. Western Ave., is a UPS Access Point.  If your business currently offers this service, please email and If you do not currently offer this free service but are interested in doing so, find information and an application at

Ongoing Monthly Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: Local support groups, GROW and Gendernauts have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens.  The group hosts free monthly meetings and social activity opportunities at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Info: Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544.

Scout Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop #607 will hold its annual Scout Pancake Breakfast Sat., Dec. 2, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

19th Ward Document Shredding. Residents of the 19th Ward can bring loose documents with no staples or binders to be shredded. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Barnabas School parking lot, 10121 S. Longwood Dr. Free.

Smith Village Open Mic Night. Willie and Debbie Parks will host Open Mic Night Tues., Dec. 5, 7 to 10 p.m. at Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. Info about attending, 773-474-7300 (ask for Meghan Maple).

Hops for the Homeless. Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western, will host Hops for the Homeless raising funds Franciscan Outreach services for Chicago’s homeless, Wed., Dec. 6, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission, $40 (advance) or $45 (door), includes beverages, food, music by These Old Men They Play Records, a silent auction and raffle. Bring in new hats or gloves in exchange for raffle ticket. Order tickets/make a donation

9-1-1 Discussion at Beat Meeting. Representatives from the Office of Emergency Management & Communications will attend the Beat 2211/2212 CAPS meeting Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 22nd District Chicago Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. Anyone who has questions or concerns about calling 9-1-1, and the best way to assist dispatchers is encouraged to attend. Always remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspicious behavior

Snowman’s Ball Luncheon .The 22nd District will be host its annual Snowman’s Ball luncheon for 10 needy youth and their families Sat., Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., 22nd District Community Room, 1900 W. Monterey Ave.  Now being accepted are donations of toys, games and gifts for youth ages 6 months to 17 years old, plus gifts for each mom. If you are out shopping and care to share, there is a donation toy box in the lobby of the station. Info: 312-745-0620.

Monthly Wellness Seminar Series. Beverly Therapists, t 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, hosts a monthly Wellness Seminar Series on the second Saturday each month, 3 to 5 p.m. On Dec. 9, 2017 Lisa Catania, LCSW, presents Essential Oils, Affirmations and Healing.  In this workshop, participants will identify a current area of stress and create an personalized affirmation to amplify positive self-healing and empowerment. Participants will explore the healing essence of specific plant oils and aromas and make a personal sized spray bottle of a scent which inspires and deepens each person’s empowering, healing affirmation. $10. Info/registration: www.Beverly

2018 Forest Preserve Permits. Forest Preserve District of Cook County permit sales begin at 8 a.m., Tues., Jan. 2. Visitors can purchase them from the Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center. Coming up at Dan Ryan Woods: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 15. Info:

Monthly Grief Support Groups.  Starting in January, Beverly Therapists will hold two ongoing support groups for those mourning the loss of a child or spouse. “Grieving a Child Support Group” will meet the first Wednesday of each month. 7 to 9 p.m., starting Jan. 3, and “Grieving a Partner Support Group” will meet the third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., starting Jan. 17. Info: or l Aida Pigott, LCSW, 773-332-6664  or Lisa Catania, LCSW, 773-719-1751.


Beverly Art Competition Exhibit Continues Through Jan. 7

The 41st annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition Exhibition opened Sat., Nov. 11 with a reception and awards presentation in the Jack Simmerling Gallery at the Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Ashley Gardner was awarded the Beverly Bank Best of Show Award for her work “Family Portrait.” The Alice & Arthur Baer Award went to Jake Saunders for “St. Francis,” and the Bill & Judie Anderson Award was presented to Ray Broady for his work “Hot Dogs.”

Other winners in this year’s competition are: Figurative Award, Erik Sorenson, “Social (Me)dia;” Non-Representational Award, John David Murray, “Girl with Striped Socks;” 3-Dimensional Award, Charity White , “Karen;” Photographic/Digital Award, Louisa Murzyn, “A Dark History;” and three Honorable Mention Awards, John Landendorf, “Pictures at an Exhibition,”  Erin Kramer, “Crown Hare” and  Andrea Dalgaard, “Organized Chaos.”

Prizes range from $100 to $1500. Competition sponsors are Beverly Bank & Trust, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Competition jurors were Judie Anderson, professional illustrator and former Art Director for the Chicago Tribune, and noted artist/muralist Elaine Miller.

“For 41 years, the Beverly Arts Center Competition has been a continually quality show, and this year’s exhibit is no exception,” said Judie Anderson. “New talent is visible as well as work by established artists. There is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Beverly Arts Center Art Competition is open to artists living and working within 100 miles of the city of Chicago. Eligible media include painting, photography, prints and other two-dimensional work, as well as sculpture including fabric and ceramic sculpture.

Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and Chicago artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. The exhibit will be open through January 7. Gallery admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat.; closed Sun. except during special events. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Info: 773-445-3838,

Scientist Wins Award for Work On Particle Accelerators

By Howard Ludwig

Dr. Sandra Biedron will soon have an award recognizing her work in the field of particle accelerator science for her mantel in Beverly/Morgan Park.

Biedron won the prestigious Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It will be presented in May 2018 at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Every two years, the IEEE gives the award to two individuals – one to a long-time contributor in the field and another to an individual earlier in his or her career.

“I have had a great career so far, doing very interesting research and development with people around that globe that I consider family,” said Biedron, who will receive the award along with Dr. Hermann Grunder.

The pair both worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont – a Department of Energy laboratory. There, Biedron held several key positions including the director of the Department of Defense Project Office. Grunder served as Argonne’s overall director from 2000 to 2005.

Biedron joined the University of New Mexico’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a research professor this fall and will expand the school’s program in accelerators. There are more than 30,000 particle accelerators in operation around the world. Research from these facilities has led to improvements in medicine, industry, energy, environmental science, national security and other scientific discoveries.

Biedron’s husband, Stephen Milton, received the same award courtesy of the IEEE’s Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 2003 along with colleague Dr. Keith Symon. Milton is now the division leader of accelerator operations and technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The couple considers the South Side of Chicago home, but they live and work throughout the world, often collaborating with scientists in Italy, Sweden and the United States. They also have a home in Colorado.

“My neighbors here in Beverly/Morgan Park are always so supportive. It’s like having my own cheerleading team, and I owe a great deal of thanks to them and my entire family,” Biedron said.

Biedron’s work has also included several projects at Fermilab in west suburban Batavia, including research into high-power electron sources for security and environmental engineering applications. One example is a project conducted at Fermilab for the Department of Energy with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to purify waste streams.

She has worked on similar projects with other companies throughout the Chicago region, including Meyer Tool and Manufacturing in Oak Lawn. And she received a Letter of Commendation in 2010 from the chief of naval research.This letter followed Biedron’s work on a high-power laser prototype for the Navy. She later continued with this research as the deputy lead engineer for integration and testing for the project. The project was contracted through Boeing and conducted, in part, at Argonne.

Biedron has also sat on several NATO electronics committees and worked to connect these advanced technologies to end users by bringing her research team to meet with Naval recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station and elsewhere.

Biedron was raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and took graduate courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology with a minor in mathematics from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. She went on to receive a doctorate in accelerator physics from Lund University in Sweden.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) is also among the winners of this prestigious award. Foster won the prize in 1999 for his work that led, in part, to the discovery of the top quark – the heaviest known form of matter.

“I feel like this prize is a union card to go on and do more research, more service and more mentoring,” Biedron said. “It is an affirmation that my efforts are in the correct direction.”

Howard Ludwig is a media specialist in Chicago. He can be reached at

Holiday Happenings and Santa Sightings

Get in the holiday spirit with these local events! 

Holiday Stroll. Mount Greenwood Holiday Stroll, Fri., Dec. 1, 4 to 7 p.m., participating businesses on 111th Street between Sacramento and Pulaski. The family-friendly event is sponsored by the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association and features special offers, visits with life reindeer and holiday characters, music, raffles and more. Info: 773-881-0622 or

Holiday Musical Theater for Kids. Chicago Kids Company presents “Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Musical,” a one-hour musical geared to children ages 2 to 10, selected dates Dec. 1 through Dec. 23.  Mrs. Claus and the Elf Class of 2017 scramble to find Santa’s list in time to save Christmas. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. $12 (group rates available). Tickets and information: 773-205-9600 or

Breakfast with Santa at the Castle. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with Santa Sat., Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to noon, Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Don’t forget to bring your camera! $5 per person. Info: 773-233-7080.

Castle Christmas Tree Sale. Buy your fresh and fragrant Fraser or douglas firs, 5 to 10 feet tall. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 3. Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church parking lot, 103rd and Seeley. Your purchase helps support the Castle.

Pictures with Santa. Santa is stopping by Beverly Bank, 10258 S. Western, Sat., Dec. 2, 1 to 3 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas wishes and take pictures.

Uprising Craft Holiday Market. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host the 2nd annual Uprising Craft Holiday Market Sun., Dec. 3, 12 to 5 p.m., Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western. More than 40 makers and artisans from Illinois and surrounding states will offer a variety of unique, handmade items ranging from stationary and candles, to jewelry and holiday decorations. Crème of the Crop food truck — a Beverly Art Walk favorite — and Coco’s Tamales will offer tasty treats and Ruta Spenser, DJ at St. Xavier University’s WXAV radio station, will spin not-your-average holiday tunes. List of vendors/info:

Party With Santa. Christmas Party meet and greet with Santa, Sun., Dec. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Barney Callaghan’s, 10618 S. Western.

Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The 15th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented Sun., Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. The performance features soloists, a mass choir and orchestra conducted by Charles T. Hayes, and is presented as a beautiful start to the advent season. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children under age 10. Proceeds benefit Morgan Park Presbyterian Church and the church music program. Info/tickets: 773-779-3355.

Christmas Concert. The Southwest Symphony Orchestra along with St. Georges Children’s and Adult Choirs, and Oak Lawn Voices of the Valley present “ Holiday Destination at St. George,” featuring holiday classics, a hand bell choir and a carol festival sing along, Sun., Dec. 3, 4 p.m., St. George Church , 6707 175th St., Tinley Park. Adults and seniors, $20; students, $7; children under age 10, free. Tickets/info: or 708-802-0686

Holiday Tea. Saint Xavier University (SXU), 3700 W. 103rd St., cordially invites area residents to Holiday Tea, Thurs., Dec. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Warde Academic Center Butler Reception Room. Admission is $20 and includes assorted finger sandwiches, scones with whipped butter and sweets, a variety of teas, coffee or perhaps a glass of wine. Entertainment will be provided by violinist Miriam-Rose LeDuc. All are welcome the noon liturgy in McDonough Chapel prior to the tea. Register online,, keyword: Christmas or 773-298-3316.

Beverly Neighborhood Choir Concert. Chicago Children’s Choir Beverly Neighborhood Choir will perform in a Target Community Concert alongside DiMention and select Voice of Chicago singers in an evening that captures the variety of the Chicago Children’s Choir’s program and repertoire, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Kroc Center Chicago, 1250 W. 119th St. Reservations: or 312-849-8300.

Holiday Market. Businesses on Walden Parkway, Wood Street and 99th Street will celebrate the season at a Holiday Market, Thurs., Dec. 14, 6 to 10 p.m. Shop and visit at Beverly Barre, Capsule Chicago, B Sides Coffee + Tea, Cakewalk Chicago, Sweet Freaks, Tranquility Salon and more. Enjoy live music, drinks, desserts, locally sourced products and lots more.

‘A Wonderful Life.’ BAC Professional Theatre, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Fri., Dec. 8 and Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 15 and Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m.  $22 ($20 for Beverly Arts Center members).  The classic story of George Bailey on a fateful Christmas Eve unfolds as a live 1940s radio broadcast in a family-friendly performance. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Christmas Open House. Dance Gallery Chicago, 10628 S. Western, hosts a Christmas Open House, Sat. Dec. 9, 4 to 6 p.m. Dancers will enchant visitors and passersby in The Nutcracker Windows, starting at 4:30. The event also features student performances and a visit from Santa. Info: 773-445-8910 or

Skate With Santa. Family and friends are invited to enjoy the holiday spirit, skating with Santa to holiday music on Sun., Dec. 10, 3:30 to 4:50 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Event includes cookie decorating in the Winter Wonderland area, and a Blackhawks ticket raffle benefitting Special Olympics Chicago. Admission: Adults/teens, $5, children age 12 and under, $4, seniors, $2. Skate rental: $3.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Naughty or Nice,” Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Members of the chorus must choose which list they’ll be on, and there are a lot of naughty and nice musical choices. $28. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Dodge Ball Tournament. Register by Dec. 18 for Ald. Matt O’Shea’s Holiday Dodge Ball Tournament for 19th Ward elementary school students, Dec. 26 and 27, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Players will be grouped randomly and assigned teams. $1 per player. Register at Info: 773-238-8766.

BACinema Screens ‘White Christmas.’ Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (1954), Wed., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. In this holiday classic a song-and-dance duo (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. $6 ($5 for Beverly Arts Center members). Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Christmas Jazz Concert. Sure to delight young and old alike, catch Lowdown Brass Band at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., Fri., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. The all-ages event is a free and will feature Christmas classics and carol singing accompanied by the powerful funky jazz of Lowdown Brass which brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone.  A freewill offering will be taken during the performance. Info:

19th Ward Children’s Film Festival. The 19th Ward Youth Foundation presents the 8th annual Children’s Film Festival Thurs., Dec. 28, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. “Despicable Me 3” will be screened at 10 a.m. and “The Nut Job 2” will be screened at 2 p.m. Admission is $1 per person per show, first come, first served, and includes the movie and snacks. Adult chaperones appreciated.

Holidazed and Confused. The Second City presents “Holidazed and Confused,” a hilariously irreverent comedy revue of the holidays, Sat., Dec. 30, 8 p.m. $25 ($23 for Beverly Arts Center members). Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

New Year’s Eve Party at Noon. 19th Ward seniors are invited to the New Year’s at Noon Party, Sun., Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. The cost is $5, which includes a fried chicken lunch. Reservations are required: 773-238-8766. The event is sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, Smith Village, CHAS and KFC Beverly.

New Book Covers History of The Castle

With Christmas just around the corner, a new gift option will be available when filmmaker and author Errol Magidson offers his new book, “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins Irish Castle and its Keepers,” at a program and book signing Sun., Dec. 10, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Givins Castle, a.k.a. the Irish Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Magidson will present a program on the history of the Castle and its five keepers, and will sell and sign copies of his book.

As a follow up to his 2011 documentary, “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins Irish Castle and its Keepers,” Magidson’s book is richly illustrated and well-researched.  Its almost 300 pages – enhanced by over 400 images, many in color – include new and interesting information about the Castle and its five keepers over the course of the captivating structure’s 130 years.

The P. T. Barnum of Chicago developers in the later 19th Century, Canadian-born Robert Cartwright Givins was a well-known real estate man, Chicago booster and popular novelist who chose to build his remarkable home on the eastern crest of the Blue Island Ridge. Finished in 1887, for two years in the 1890s the building was rented by the Chicago Female College, which produced a brochure of classes offered that included photos of the house and grounds, now an invaluable window into the past.

Twenty-two years after building it, world traveler Givins sold his castle to the Burdett family, early auto enthusiasts, in 1909. The Burdetts sold it to the colorful Dr. Siemans family in 1921, and they owned it for 21.

The Castle is built of limestone, which can be tricky to preserve. Since 1942 the iconic building has been owned and maintained by the Beverly Unitarian Church. Its not-for-profit Castle Building Fund has been designated to that maintenance. All proceeds from Magidson’s new book will be donated to the building fund. Thereby, a purchase of the book will benefit the upkeep of this beautiful building, so unique in the City of Chicago and often used to visually represent historic Beverly/Morgan Park.

Public Art Installation Coming to 99th Street in November

By Kristin Boza

A permanent piece of public art will be unveiled at 99th and Walden Parkway in November. “Quantum Me” is an impressive sculpture fabricated from mirror polished stainless steel (similar to “Cloud Gate” — The Bean — in Millennium Park) and dichroic Plexiglas, and the creation of Chicago artist Davis McCarty. The piece is the 19th Ward’s installation through the City of Chicago’s 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project.

“Quantum Me” will give viewers an incredible color-changing perspective on themselves and the environment.

“I was inspired by the idea of bending spacetime to jump from one location to another faster than the speed of light,” McCarty said. “If you walk around ‘Quantum Me,’ the colors will magically change before your eyes. Two people standing in different locations can actually see different colors looking at the same spot.”

McCarty explains that this phenomenon is just how sub-atomic particles behave. “We get to witness on a large scale a very amazing part of the universe through this sculpture,” he said.

The idea of teleporting is carried through McCarty’s companion piece, to be installed in Rogers Park. “Because my sculptures are book-ending the city on the north and south, they speak to each other. The idea is that you can stare into one and teleport yourself into the other,” he said. “With ‘Quantum Me,’ people will look up into a giant spherical ball that warps them into the sky. The Rogers Park sculpture is reversed; the ball is on the ground. Viewers will have a similar but different experience.”

McCarty grew up in Southeast Asia where his missionary parents started schools in Thailand and the Philippines. He moved back to the United States to attend school at Beloit College in Wisconsin. “A lot of east Asian temples influence my art. I appreciated the temple that people built that took hundreds of laborers 40-50 years to complete. I love a plain, modern design aesthetic, but I always add extra scroll work and other details to show people the time that it took to create,” he said.

Science and technology are infused within McCarty’s art. “I used to be a lot more of a nerd; I was a computer science major in college, but after doing that for a few years I realized I liked gaming but not coding,” he said. “I had a corporate job for nine years, and made the leap to full-time artist about two months ago. It was one of those things where I got two big commissions and thought ‘if there’s ever a time to do it, now is the time.'”

The sculptures for the 19th Ward and Rogers Park took McCarty about four months to complete and, because of the materials used to create them, they will last for decades.

“They will look as great in 50 years as they do today,” McCarty said. “As a society, we use images to share our experience with others. Creating a sculpture that allows people to photograph themselves in the art while simultaneously capturing the city is a great way to commemorate the experience of visiting Beverly. I hope to make people ask ‘where is that?’ and want to plan their own visit.”

McCarty’s “Quantum Me” was selected for the 19th Ward by a panel of community members, including representatives from BAPA, the Ward office, residents and artists. The project was spearheaded by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

Housing News: Honey Do Lists, and Property Tax Info

Put It On the ‘Honey Do’ List

By Chanelle Rogers

Fall is here and winter is on its heels! Sure you’ve got your porch lined with carefully carved pumpkins and someone — I’m not saying who — is lugging cornucopias and fragile, little metallic balls from the basement like he works in the stockroom of a department store. But all that pretty prep will go to pot if you don’t protect your home from the cold weather.

There are three key areas to focus on to ensure a warm winter and cozy holidays:

Don’t let those pipes freeze! Pipes in exterior walls can freeze easily and the worst holiday intrusion is a busted pipe. Talk to a professional plumber about insulating pipes and other ways to prevent freezing or other winter woes.

Keep the warm air in and the cold air out! Save your money for holiday presents not heating bills! Change the filter in your furnace; repair and replace any failing caulk or weather stripping; have the chimney cleaned; and change the direction of your ceiling fans to clockwise.

Fortify the exterior! Free your gutters and downspouts of debris and leaves and trim any trees to save yourself the headache of water damage and leaks. Also, as roofers prepare for their slow season, they’ll have time to come inspect your roof for cracks and repair any damage that could pose a problem over the winter.

The winter prep ‘Honey-Do’ list is long, but adding these few tasks will give you peace of mind as you focus on the bigger things like massive dinners and presents, oh and spending time with family.


Don’t Lose Your Property Due to Delinquent Taxes

Every year, hundreds of properties in Cook County are lost by homeowners to so-called “tax scavengers,” who buy houses at auction when the owner fails to pay property taxes. Often, homeowners are caught off guard, having missed their property tax bill in the mail or because they failed to keep up with confusing paperwork.

“Too often, homeowners find themselves in crisis because they didn’t realize their property taxes went unpaid,” said State Sen. Bill Cunningham. “Senior citizens are most susceptible to this problem because their mortgages are more likely to be paid off, so a bank is no longer ensuring the taxes are being paid through an escrow account.”

In Sen. Cunningham’s district alone, 6,211 property owners are past due on their property taxes, according to records maintained by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

“If you don’t know your status, please check with the Cook County Treasurer’s Office,” said Cunningham. “This is an easy problem to avoid with a quick phone call or by spending some time on the treasurer’s website.”

The County Treasurer can be reached at 312-443-5100 or at


School News

Program Gives Voice to Teens’ Opinions

VOICES Circles (Views, Opinions, Issues, and Concerns Expressed Safely) is one of the many programs at the Catholic Youth Ministry Center at Morgan Park High School, 1825 W. Monterey Ave. The discussion group is open to Center members and is offered on Wednesdays with rotating facilitators including Center staff member John Cook, community resident Linda Cooper and Chicago Police Officer Bill Langle.

“Officer Langle did a few very successful Circles with our students last school year,” said Center Director Peggy Goddard. “The students are happy that he has agreed to lead a session each month this year.”

The Catholic Youth Ministry Center (aka The Blue House) exists to provide guidance for students attending Morgan Park High School. By promoting moral values, the Center reaches out to students, faculty and the community in the roles of advocate, counselor, teacher and friend. Opened in 1979, the Center provides after school drop-in with recreational activities, educational workshops, leadership training programs, community service projects and discussion groups.

On the third Wednesday of the month community resident Laura Lopez will offer a yoga class for the students.

The Center welcomes all students of Morgan Park High School regardless of religious affiliation. For information on membership or programs, call 773-881-0193.


Educational Workshops for Students

Own It Chicago is offering two seminars to help students in junior high and high school learn organizational skills, develop better study habits, and strengthen time management and self-advocacy to approach the school year with confidence. Workshops will be held Sun., Oct. 15 at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th. The workshop for junior high students is 12 to 2:30 p.m., and the workshop for high school students is 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The Own It team includes a counselor and two teachers with several years of classroom, counseling and coaching experience.  During each workshop, students will evaluate their own learning styles and build an individualized, goal-oriented plan to be successful this school year and beyond.

For information and registration, visit the Own It Chicago website or email


I Madonnari Joins the Beverly Art Walk

Everyone can be an artist on Sat., Oct. 7. That’s when the Beverly Art Walk will showcase the works of more than 200 talented local artists. And for the first time, Sutherland School is coordinating its popular I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival with the larger neighborhood event.

The 15th annual I Madonnari festival invites families and individuals to turn the sidewalks around the school into artistic masterpieces. Numbered sidewalk squares can be “purchased” for $10 apiece, and come with a box of pastel art chalks to decorate your square as you please.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., so visitors will have plenty of time to create a painting and enjoy the rest of the Art Walk.

A Sutherland tradition, I Madonnari is a highly anticipated event that draws neighbors from throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. It is a fun filled afternoon that includes food, entertainment, a PTA bake sale, face painting, and more. Pre-ordering squares is encouraged, as they sell out quickly. To reserve a square, email

In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 8, with chalk sales only.


Rogers Named National Merit Semifinalist

Mother McAuley High School student and St. John Fisher School graduate Catherine Rogers has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018. She is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Rogers now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

“Approximately one percent of PSAT testers qualify as National Merit Semifinalists; 16,000 students from a pool of over 1.6 million. When you really think about those statistics it’s hard not to get goosebumps!” said Nikki Carey, director of counseling for Mother McAuley.  “We have always been aware of Catherine’s incredible academic talent, but when put into this larger context it really is nothing short of amazing.”

Last April, Rogers earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

Rogers is a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar, a program which recognizes superior academic achievement. Members must maintain at least a 4.09 GPA and complete at least five advanced placement classes before graduation, among other requirements.  She also is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Junior Classical League, Student Ambassadors, Book Club, Math Macs and runs Cross Country and Track.

Rogers was named a Mac with Merit, an award which recognizes students for their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. During her sophomore year, she received with the Irish Fellowship Educational & Cultural Foundation Scholarship.

Hayley Gutrich, a graduate of Christ the King School and McAuley senior, is a National Merit Commended Student. Gutrich is a S​ister Agatha O’Brien Memorial Scholar, which recognizes students who score in the top five percent on the High School Placement Test.  She is involved with the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society​, French Honor Society​, and is a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar.  She also is a member of a Thespian Society and will participate in McAuley’s fall musical, “Les Miserable.” She sings with the school’s A Cappella Choir and Liturgical Ensemble.​


The Neighborhood is the Gallery Beverly Art Walk Day

Start seeing art in unexpected places throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. The 4th annual Beverly Art Walk on Sat., Oct., 7, 12 to 7 p.m., will feature work by more than 200 artists in over 60 alternative exhibition spaces. The Beverly Art Walk is a free family-friendly event. Walk, bike, or park and jump on one of the three free trolleys to experience all the Art Walk has to offer.

Event planners, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, work with local small business, organizations, and artists to transform the neighborhood into a temporary gallery district. Art is housed in storefronts and restaurants, vacant buildings and outside courtyards, as well as schools and churches.  Not to be missed highlights include an East Beverly yard, which will be transformed into a performance and sound space for artists Cecil McDonald and Brother El; the currently vacant Olivia’s Garden building will be a hub of art from Bridgeport, Blue Island, Pullman, and Cleveland; and the historic Ingersoll-Blackwelder house will return to its artistic roots in displaying work by eight artists, including former owner Jack Simmerling.

Events and activities abound for people of all ages. Trinity Unites Methodist Church, 99th and Winchester, will open its stage for music and performances; at Ridge Historical Society, photographer Mati Maldre will demonstrate how a Deardorff Camera, which uses 4 x 5 sheets of film, is used for architectural photography; and five talented artists in Beverly/Morgan Park, Judie Anderson, Ray Broady, Jomo Cheatham, Pat Egan, and Brian Ritchard open their home studios for an insight on the artistic process, their inspirations, and the work they produce.

Clissold School will host the popular Children’s Park on their front lawn, 110th and Western. Artist Cindy Wirtz and Clissold student and family volunteers will offer a variety of children’s art activities, including kite making, creations from recycled materials, origami peace cranes, and more. Live music, storytelling, a food truck, the Peaceful Playground, a performance by the Pack Drumline, and an interactive public art project will all be featured.

Venues, inside and out, will also be alive with music. More than 30 local music performances will occur throughout the day, including acoustic acts, classical quartets, blues, rap, and rock-n-roll. Chicago’s vibrant music scene will be showcased across the neighborhood and at the Horse Thief Hollow main stage for featured acts. The Beverly Art Walk is also thrilled to host Front Porch Concerts, a pop-up concert series set on front porches throughout Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Their goal is to create a unique live music experience while building community and promoting city exploration. FPC will perform in Beverly/Morgan Park—for the first time—at two locations, Brian Ritchard’s and Judie Anderson’s home studios.

For more information about Beverly Art Walk events and activities, view the program book and map online at Program books will also be available at each participating venue on October 7th.

The Beverly Art Walk would not be possible without the generous financial support of local small businesses and families, as well as countless volunteer hours by the Alliance board, artists, and neighbors. Support the local arts community: purchase art, shop participating venues, and attend Alliance events. They are driven by a love for art and the people who make it, and are thankful for local businesses and organizations who embrace the arts. The Beverly Area Alliance is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.