Entries by BAPA Intern

BAPA Update – July 2020 

  We Loved Our Piccolo Parade  Thank you to our neighbors for participating in the car parade on June 16 honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of Chicago Bears legend – and former neighbor – Brian Piccolo. Several members of the Piccolo family were there, and Fr. Larry Sullivan from Christ the King –Piccolo’s parish – said […]

Bike Beverly: BAPA Creates Bike Map to Guide Residents, New History Mystery Puzzle & Online Store  

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach & Improvement   The past few months, you may have noticed an increase in biking activity throughout the community. In addition to the warmer weather, as social distancing guidelines and various closures and restrictions went into place due to COVID-19, many local residents and people across the country turned to bicycling as a form of […]

19th Ward Mutual Aid Continues to Assist Neighbors 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach & Improvement   As businesses, parks, and other establishments begin to reopen, the 19th Ward Mutual Aid group remains busy assisting members of our community who have experienced difficult times and financial hardships during these last few months. Continuing to partner with various community groups and organizations, 19th Ward Mutual Aid has built […]

Beverly Dry Goods Brings South Side Pride to Walden  

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Mary Bujwid and her fiancé Jason Moss have been bringing South Side-inspired wares to the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood since January 2019.  Through their hard work and the support of the community, they will open Beverly Dry Goods bricks-and-mortar on Thurs., July 2 at 9915 S. Walden Pkwy.  (formerly occupied by Capsule).    “I truly feel that there is nowhere else in the city where we would be as successful […]

BAPA Concert Series Brings Local Music and Neighbors Together 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Outreach and Community Improvement Coordinator  In June, the Beverly Area Planning Association kicked off the BAPA Friday Night Live Front Porch Concert Series in an effort to support local musicians and bring live music and a greater sense of community to Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors.   Artists took to the stage (or porch) every Friday evening to play to a […]

Beverly Area Public School Community Service Awards 

By Tina Jenkins Bell  BAPA School Liaison    Each year, BAPA’s public education committee gives out community service awards to public school students who make a difference. Each public elementary school has the opportunity to nominate one student, who in their own way contributed to their community, including their school, their neighborhood, or elsewhere. Last month, The Villager profiled award winners from Kellogg School, Vanderpoel Humanties Academy […]

Top Tips for a Successful Job Search  

By Kristin Boza  As the country faces an economic downturn for an unknown period of time, finding the perfect job becomes even more competitive. Beverly/Morgan Park resident Megan Connolly, Principal and Senior Consultant with Mercer, LLC in their employee listening practice, recently conducted a webinar, “The Psychology of Finding a New Job,” in partnership with BAPA to help job seekers refine […]

Givins Beverly Castle Renovation Underway 

By Kristin Boza  More than 130 years after the Givins Beverly Castle was initially constructed, it is undergoing an essential restoration process to ensure the longevity of this iconic neighborhood structure, the only castle within Chicago’s city limits.   Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, and key grants from groups dedicated to preservation, the Castle Restoration Task Force met its ambitious fundraising goal and […]

Eagle Scout Project Set to Improve BAPA Space 

By Kristin Boza  To earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a scout must develop a service project that will enhance their community, and more importantly, lead fellow scouts in accomplishing it. When Eddie Burke, an Eagle Scout prospect and rising Brother Rice senior, began brainstorming, he knew he could get […]

Anti-Racist Policy Empowers Facebook Group 

By Kristin Boza  Like the majority of Facebook groups, the “Moms of Beverly” group began as a way to bring together people who share a common interest — in this case, moms who live in Beverly/Morgan Park. Over the years, the group has grown from a handful of moms to approximately 5,800, and evolved from a place to coordinate play dates […]