BAPA Welcomes New Board Members

By Kristin Boza We’re thrilled to introduce the new members of BAPA’s Board of Directors. This diverse group of area residents represent a wide variety of backgrounds. Through their experiences, the Board is poised to continue BAPA’s work as a leader in all aspects of Beverly/Morgan Park. Maggie O’Reilly Maggie O’Reilly is the owner of […]

BAPA’s Snowman Spectacular A Neighborhood Hit After Heavy Snowfall 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Outreach Liaison  January ended on a snowy note when a foot of snow blanketed the neighborhood providing the perfect foundation for some epic snow creations. Families and neighbors joined forces for outdoor fun and friendly competition to build spectacular snowmen for a chance win prizes from local businesses.   BAPA received over […]

Love Where You Learn Apparel Funds Teacher Appreciation Efforts 

  Principals, teachers, and staff at Beverly/Morgan Park schools have been heroic in their efforts to educate students during the pandemic. To demonstrate the community’s heartfelt appreciation, BAPA has added a line of Love Where You Learn apparel to it’s spring Love Where You Live store, which will be open for orders Mar. 1 through 31. Love Where You Learn items will raise funds for teacher […]

BAPA Awarded 192 Milkweed Plugs to Propel Save the Monarchs Initiative 

  With Spring just around the corner, some of Beverly/Morgan Park’s community gardeners are gearing up to add fresh milkweed to their gardens. Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas, recently selected six of our neighborhood gardens as recipients for flats of milkweed to promote more monarch and pollinator-friendly habitats in the […]

Samantha Griffin Assists BAPA With Environmental Initiatives  

  By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Outreach Liaison  Growing up, gardening was a family affair for Samantha Griffin. A recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with degrees in geography and environmental resources, plus minors in horticulture and history, Griffin has joined BAPA this year as a Sustainability Intern to help promote the organization’s environmental initiatives and events.   Griffin learned at an early age the importance of being a steward […]

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, […]

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. […]

Seniors Learn New Ways to Connect with Tech Smart Seniors 3.0 

  Seniors can learn how to use more features on their smartphones and tablets thanks to Tech Smart Seniors 3.0, a series of free, live online classes organized by the19th Ward office and BAPA to help seniors better use technology so they can enjoy more fulfilling connections with family, friends and neighbors while staying safe at home.   […]

12 Weeks of Christmas Raffle: November Surprises! 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  BAPA’s 12 Weeks of Christmas Raffle got off to a spectacular start with lots of people competing for creative collections of goods, services and meals from Beverly/Morgan Park businesses. For just $20 per ticket, people have a chance to win a prize that’s worth $1500! Each package has a theme […]

Bringing Out the Best In Our Neighborhood 

By Maureen Reilly  BAPA Board President  Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors, the last time I wrote to you our community, city, and country were at the doorstep of the coronavirus pandemic. I used the word “unprecedented” to describe both the fearsome challenges of COVID-19 and the remarkable response to the crisis from our community’s people, businesses and organizations.  BAPA’s quick and nimble response to the crisis is […]