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Village Viewpoint – December 

By Mary Jo Viero  BAPA Executive Director  I am writing this before Thanksgiving which means I don’t know how Thanksgiving will feel. I am guessing it will be different but, more importantly, meaningful. More meaningful than ever. I hope you all enjoyed it with those closest to you    As we move into December, I can’t help […]

Neighbor Who Make Big Impacts 

  By Kristin Boza  Our community has a rich history of making a big impact in the lives of our neighbors. While there are many heroes of all types living in Beverly/Morgan Park, the stories of the following three people have made positive effects in a variety of ways through helping others.     Sister Pat Mahoney  22nd District CAPS […]

Top Chef Joe Flamm: Cooking and Connection 

By Grace Kuikman  The winner of Week 12 – a private dinner prepared by Top Chef Joe Flamm — will be thrilled not just with the food, but with the company. Flamm has an amazing love of food traditions that bring people together around a meal as the centerpiece of celebrating connection.  Flamm’s path to success began in Ashburn where he grew up, and came full circle back to the South Side when he and his […]

12 Weeks of Christmas Continues!

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  BAPA’s 12 Weeks of Christmas Raffle is ramping up for the last four drawings.  The December prize packages focus on wellness, music, golf and a fabulous private dinner prepared by Top Chef Joe Flamm. For just $20 per ticket, players have a chance to win a prize that’s worth $1500!   Each package is composed of gift certificates, […]

Lucy Riles: Adventurer, Actor and Author  

By Kristin Boza  When Lucy Bansley Riles was growing up in Beverly/Morgan Park, she was enthralled with the theatre stage. As the youngest of 12 kids in the Bansley home, this graduate of Christ the King and Mother McAuley learned to find attention in any way she could grab it, which eventually turned into a career in entertainment.   Riles and […]

The Quilter’s Trunk – A Pillar of Our Community 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  The Quilter’s Trunk, 10352 S. Western, a quilting, sewing and embroidery boutique, has been serving the area since 2015.  Over the course of those 5 years, owner Katie Nathwani has created a “peaceful, colorful and friendly place” where customers have become a family.  Nathwani’s family lives all over the country, so connecting with her […]

New Neighbor: Andrew Lindstad 

By Kristin Boza  Andrew Lindstad moved from Logan Square to Beverly/Morgan Park last December to be closer to his passion: His job. Linstad is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., a position he’s held since June 2019. Working in the arts and being a performing artist are important to Linstad.   Lindstad enjoys his time on […]

School Update: Education, Community and Grit 

By Tina Jenkins Bell  BAPA School Liaison  In February 2020, the corona virus pandemic hit hard and held a harsh grip on Beverly/Morgan Park and other communities around the country, making 2020 a year that will go down in infamy. The repercussions of the virus on schools were many, from a sudden change of face-to-face to remote instruction, to parents having […]

BAPA Takes Pledge to Save The Monarchs 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach Liaison  Over the last two decades, the eastern monarch butterfly has experienced a more than 80% decrease in population. This orange and black-winged species, the Illinois state insect, contributes to the pollination of plants throughout the Prairie State. The migratory and overwintering habitats needed to promote monarch breeding are disappearing, and the drastic drop in population has sparked urgent conservation efforts to save the monarchs. […]