Brick of Chicago’ City Walking Tour Expands to Beverly/Morgan Park  

By Tim Moran  

Will Quam is a self-proclaimed lover of bricks. So much so that he founded a company, Brick of Chicago, that offers tours in neighborhoods across the city of Chicago focusing on, well, bricks, among other aspects.   Beverly/Morgan Park will become the ninth city neighborhood to host a Brick of Chicago tour when it makes its debut here on Sunday, June 9.   “Beverly is just so full of beautiful buildings and gives off a feel in which you are within the city and outside of it at the same time,” Quam said.  

 He should know. Quam taught theater classes at Sutherland Elementary School when he first came up with the Brick of Chicago idea some five years ago. Then commuting from the North Side neighborhood of Andersonville, our community immediately served as an inspiration for his tours to take off.  

“I’ve been coming down here to explore Beverly ever since working at Sutherland,” Quam said. “I’d come down and house peep and stop at Rainbow Cone before heading home.”  

Quam’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood tour will be centered in North Beverly, starting at Cosme Park just outside the 91st Street Metra station at 11 a.m. on June 9. It will move up Pleasant Avenue to 94th Street, make a loop up to Hamilton Avenue, cover Hopkins Place and cut through a path along the Dan Ryan Woods to 91st Street.  

The tour will include stops at a number of North Beverly’s most iconic structures, including the Keck and Keck-built home at 9225 S. Pleasant Ave., the Paul McMurray House at 9350 S. Hamilton Ave. and Christ the King Church, which Quam calls “one of the greatest churches in all of Chicago.”  

“(The tour) is timed so people can get here on the train from other neighborhoods with at least a half hour after the tour for people to explore” before getting back on the train,” Quam said.  

The tour stops will include a plethora of brick structures, following the Brick of Chicago theme. But in Beverly especially, much more will be incorporated, Quam said.  

“While my first love is brick, I love finding the hidden stories and secrets that exist everywhere in Chicago,” he said.  

Quam’s Beverly tour is scheduled for an encore later in June on the 22nd and 30th, as well as a fourth opportunity to experience it on July 14. More tour dates will come on dates to be determined through the end of November, he said.  

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, online at www.brickofchicago.com. They go for $25, but using the promo code BRICKSFORALL can net a tour-goer a deal for $17. 

 

 

 

 

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