New Business Blooms on Walden Parkway 

By Brittany Wiley 
BAPA Business Liaison 

On July 11, Oak & Bloom celebrated the grand opening of their boutique at 9909 S. Walden Pkwy.  Step inside their captivating space to find a meticulously curated collection of vintage home décor by Angelina Schmelling accompanied by stunning stems thoughtfully arranged for you inhouse by floral designer Erin Cox. 

You may be familiar with Erin Cox Designs, a local staple who focused on designing floral arrangements for homes and events as well as for outdoor and seasonal plantings.  Her style is based on the “free flowing design of a stem and adding in texture and novelty flowers and accents.”  This process allows her offerings to stand apart from other bouquets and designs.   

With a background in luxury styling, it is no wonder Cox’s customers have said “her eye for styling and design [is] unmatchable.” She has worked for top productions houses and retail stores in Chicago and the North Shore, and was commissioned to design for top event planners in Chicago, LA and even as far as Hawaii.   

Cox is now back in school for a Landscape Design certificate and planning on continuing her education in sustainability in agriculture. She is taking her first shot at growing her own flowers to cut and sell in the store. Her love for texture in nature shows in her floral works of art. 

Angelina Schmelling began her journey toward this collaboration working for Rachel Ashwell.  She managed Ashwell’s store, Shabby Chic, in Chicago then in interim manager positions in New York, San Francisco and Malibu.   

Schmelling created lasting relationships with her clients and, once she moved on from Ashwell’s company, they reached out to her for their home décor needs.  A design consultation business grew from there.   

Schmelling began collecting vintage pieces for her projects and created Starling Vintage & Home Décor.  For the past decade, she managed a successful e-commerce website along with local home and theatrical rentals while continuing interior design.   

These two women are longtime friends who have always wanted to open a store together.  Their admiration for each other’s style and work ethic made that an easy decision.  But why open during a global pandemic?  Both said COVID redesigned their business models.   

Schmelling’s design business began to take on smaller projects, which she was able to tackle through Zoom.  This freed up time for her to focus on the home décor portion of her business.  And Cox saw some of her biggest sales in floral deliveries during COVID.  She equates this to people having a “new look into humanity” and finding ways to “make other people smile” through the difficult times.  

Once a storefront became available in their desired location, they jumped on the opportunity. “This Beverly Station shopping area is an established destination thanks to the existing businesses here and on 99th and Wood, and the neighbors are so welcoming, popping in almost every day during the build out,” Schmelling said. “This whole process has been a beautiful experience and we are grateful for the positive reception we have received.” 

Stop into Oak & Bloom, open Tues. through Sun.and experience their sustainable, equitable and beautiful floral and home design. Take a sneak peek into their gorgeous style and space and follow their story on Facebook at Oak & Bloom and Instagram @oakandbloomchicago. 

Business Update 

By Brittany Wiley 

Welcome Andre Erving and Erving’s Companies, LLC. Erving started this brand in 2017, and it is the foundation for many other companies. Their goal is to help individuals and businesses succeed. Erving’s Training & Consulting provides Freight Broker Training & Consulting services for those who are interested in joining the logistics industry. The training course is one week, after training, students are placed with a brokerage to exercise what they learned. Erving’s Connect Logistics provides full service brokerage services to the logistics industry, including full and LTL truckload services, specialized services and rail services.  

Byron Wooten opened 1-800 WATER DAMAGE of South Side Chicago because of a passion for helping customers when they’re in a home or commercial property emergency. “We have top of the line equipment that’s designed to achieve the best results possible when dealing with any home restoration project,” Wooten said. “We offer competitive pricing for direct bill services and will work directly with insurance companies. Our focus is on quality with every service that 1-800 WATER DAMAGE offers.” The company openly communicates the customers about what’s their projects and works to ensure 100% satisfaction. . 

Please Support BAPA’s Work in Our Community

CANCELLED

The pandemic forced the cancellation of BAPA’s major fundraising events – Home Tour, Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade, and Beverly Hills Cycling Classic Bikes & Brews – eliminating funding sources vital to our operations.

ACCOMPLISHED

Restrictions inspired BAPA to invest our scarce resources into free programs to meet the changing needs of our neighborhood. Here are some of the things we accomplished:

Small Business Support

  • Promoting your business on Instagram webinar with expert Maggie O’Reilly
  • Digital marketing webinar with expert Jason Wiley
  • Business planning webinar with Ivan Ruiz from Beverly Bank & Trust
  • Special business coverage in The Villager

Community Spirit

  • Bike Beverly initiative with online maps of safe local bike routes
  • Support of Divvy bikes
  • Retooled History Mystery Bike Adventure for summer/fall family-friendly games
  • Friday Night Live livestreamed porch concert series supporting local musicians
  • We Love Smith Village vehicle parade
  • Happy Birthday to Korean War vet Rico Miller vehicle parade
  • Remembering Brian Piccolo vehicle parade

Community Outreach

  • Donated Home Tour booties to a hospital in need during COVID-19 treatment crisis
  • Slow Down safe driving campaign
  • Delivered senior meals donated by Franconello restaurant
  • Supported 19th Ward Youth Foundation free meals to area first responders and medical personnel
  • Donated to and supported Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry
  • Brought Beverly Bakery donuts to 22nd District police officers
  • Developed BAPA Cares COVID-19 Response resources at bapa.org
  • Co-hosts weekly Free Store with Turpin Cares and 19th Ward Mutual Aid
  • Hosted a job search webinar with expert Megan Connolly
  • Listed local business/restaurant updates to promote shopping and eating locally in weekly enews and The Villager

School and Teens

  • Presented CPS Community Service Awards to students in neighborhood public schools
  • Launched the BAPA Teen Service Corps volunteer group
  • Presented the BAPA Cares pandemic response webinar

Beautification

  • Socially distant spring clean and green clean-ups
  • Weeding Wednesdays at area parks and public areas
  • Pitch in for the Parks special park clean-ups

PLEASE HELP!

As a not-for-profit organization, BAPA depends on donations from residents and businesses to continue working on the issues that keep our community strong, safe, connected and thriving. Support us by making a donation or joining as a BAPA residential or business member.

A Message from BAPA’s Board President

By Maureen Gainer Reilly

Unprecedented.

It’s a word that most of us almost never used to use, and now it’s become the word we call on every day as our community, city, state and country respond to the novel coronavirus. It’s a word that has grown to evoke negative connotations, but it is also a word of hope.

As our community has grappled with unprecedented stay-at-home orders, catastrophic unemployment and school closures, we have also stepped up to the plate with unprecedented generosity.  We’ve rallied in support of local businesses, cared for our neighbors and committed to finding a way to be the best parents, workers and teachers we can be every day. We have filled our windows and yards with messages of hope and gratitude for first responders, healthcare and essential workers. We have opened our hearts to people who are struggling through grief, separation from loved ones and isolation. We have embraced who we are as a community and – coming together even as we are apart – created a community that is even stronger and more resilient.

Yes, what is happening around the world and in our little corner of the globe is an unprecedented crisis, but there is also beauty and powerful connection. I love where I live now more than ever before. And I love the opportunity as BAPA Board President to work hand-in-hand as BAPA’s small but mighty staff has responded to COVID-19. They’ve developed comprehensive online resource guides for small businesses and residents, delivered pasta dinners to seniors unsettled by the order to shelter in place, traversed the neighborhood on personal clean-and-greens, organized a car parade that gave hundreds of local residents the chance to lovingly (and loudly!) support Smith Village, and even answered calls for referrals to trusted tradespeople for emergency home projects.

The staff at BAPA has been busier than ever helping our community stay strong and connected during these unprecedented times. But the organization is also facing unprecedented challenges. For the first time in 44 years, there will be no Ridge Run or parade on Memorial Day, and no Home Tour on the third Sunday in May – events that provide critical funding for BAPA. We’re hoping to reschedule for the fall, but there’s no way of knowing when we’ll be able to safely host these events.

We know many of our loyal and generous supporters are hurting right now. People are laid off or have lost jobs, their businesses’ doors have been closed, or their medical bills have been rising. Please know that we are not asking for financial support from our neighbors who can’t help BAPA this year. We are hoping those of you who can support us, will.

Now more than ever before, Beverly/Morgan Park needs BAPA to be keeping our community connected, positive and purposeful during this crisis.

Please join me and my family in making a 2020 membership contribution to BAPA in any amount that’s affordable. If you’re able, considering covering those neighbors who will not be able to give to BAPA this year.  You can use the membership envelope inserted in this issue of The Villager or join online at www.bapa.org. If you have any questions or need more information, please call on BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org.

Together, as neighbors helping neighbors, we’ll make it through these unprecedented times to a bright and better future.

 

We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

BAPA’s work could not be accomplished without the support of our resident and business members. The following people shared some of their thoughts about why making their annual membership donation is an important part of what they do for the community, and for their own quality of life as Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors. You can learn more about becoming a BAPA member on our website https://bapa.org/support-bapa/ or by calling the BAPA office, 773-233-3100.  

 

Nate & Sonia Hollister 

We moved to the Beverly area five years ago, with little knowledge of and few connections to the neighborhood. As we considered different areas to put down roots, Beverly became a frontrunner in part due to the work of BAPA. We began hearing about things like the Ridge Run, home tours, parades and other neighborhood festivities. For us, this evidence of local community involvement was exciting and exactly the type of neighborhood environment we wanted. Five years later, as the co-owners of a new local business, Two Mile Coffee Bar, the work of BAPA is just as important to us. We opened Two Mile to improve and enhance our neighborhood – and BAPA helps us get that message out and connect with our neighbors. BAPA provides a valuable service to the neighborhood. It’s a platform for community involvement and interaction. It’s an advocate for helping voice and solve real community issues. It connects people who care about where we live and want to make it a better, even more beautiful place to live. 

Molly Sullivan Thomas Murphy 

Organizations like BAPA work to encourage community participation at every level and provide support for a variety of important neighborhood initiatives. It’s important work; great places to live and raise a family don’t happen by accident. The support for community events from the Ridge Run to promoting the local retail and food businesses are vital to helping keep our neighborhood strong and vibrant. One of the most important events BAPA sponsors is the annual Home Tour which provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to see all that Beverly has to offer and why newcomers and longtime residents love where they live! 

Beth & Kevin Malloy 

We moved here 4 years ago because of the strong community that makes truly makes Beverly/Morgan Park a neighborhood. We support BAPA because BAPA supports us and our neighbors! It provides both residents and visitors alike examples of how the community comes together for great events such as the Ridge Run and Bikes & Brews, instilling a general sense of pride in our community. We see BAPA as continuing to build on its history of strengthening our community by being a resource for homeowners. We love where we live! 

 

 

  We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

 

Terrence, Grayson and Carla Herr 

We are BAPA members because we believe that BAPA is the foundation of the neighborhood.  They are the eyes and ears of Beverly.  If we have questions or concerns, need a trade referral or have suggestions on community improvement, they are there to help.  BAPA supports the community in so many ways and we enjoy supporting the activities they arrange.  The Cookie Crawl is one of our favorites but we like that there are a variety of events ranging from family friendly events to adult only events.  We love that the activities highlight the wonderful businesses in the area.  We have discovered so many gems through these activities.  BAPA has also been a wonderful partner in supporting the individual clubs we are involved in.  Thanks BAPA for all you do! 

 

We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

BAPA’s work could not be accomplished without the support of our resident and business members. The following people shared some of their thoughts about why making their annual membership donation is an important part of what they do for the community, and for their own quality of life as Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors. You can learn more about becoming a BAPA member on our website https://bapa.org/support-bapa/ or by calling our office, 773-233-3100.  

 

Karen Truitt 

Marquette Bank  

BAPA’s work is good for the neighborhood! BAPA supports the community in countless ways and is a unifying friendly organization that has been instrumental in defining Beverly/Morgan Park as it has evolved over the years. As a business member, Marquette Bank has benefited from the visibility and exposure at Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade, Bikes & Brews Fest, Family Fun Nights and more. BAPA has been particularly helpful in amplifying our presence as a business by providing social media, and newspaper and online exposure, as well as use of the BAPA community room for our Business After Hours events. 

 

 

Jessica Bell
Bell Advocate LLC 

“Discovering that I could join BAPA as a business member was heaven sent. My primary office is in the West Loop, but as a servicer of many elderly individuals, I quickly saw the benefits of being able to use BAPA’s business center for meetings that were more convenient for my clients. Being a business member also opens up avenues for networking and advertising in my own community on a much more personal scale.” 

 

Ed & Chris Slattery 

Strong neighborhoods don’t just happen.  We give to BAPA and support its events to keep our neighborhood strong and expand our own community of support. We love The Villager and information on areas that need attention as well as news on successes.  BAPA’s events bring neighbors together and help newcomers feel like they’re part of the Village in the City.  Knowing that BAPA that has been working for decades to ensure that our community stays stable, safe and diverse is important to us.  

 

 

Peggy & Ken Gilbertsen 

We used to drive through the neighborhood when we were dating thinking “one day this would be a great place to live.”  It was true then and it is today – 35 years later.  Like BAPA, we saw and felt the sense of community here. BAPA works hard to maintain and strengthen that spirit through activities and programs designed to expand the quality of life we all enjoy. It’s important to remember that our friends and neighbors at BAPA are only able to accomplish this through our personal involvement and financial support. 

 

Howard & Kathryn Ludwig 

BAPA plays an important role in our vibrant community. When people see folks invested in their communities, they feel more comfortable getting involved too. BAPA’s events stand as a showcase of what we can do together. BAPA works for all of us – serving as a glue that holds all of us together by our mutual interest in maintaining the success of our neighborhood. We live in a very special part of the world. Beverly/Morgan Park stands out because of how we all come together to celebrate good times and support each other when times are tough.  

 

Megan & Morgan McGarry 

We are lifelong neighborhood residents, and now reside here with our four children. This community is unlike any other. The people who live here support and love one another. BAPA is such a strong part of our community, which is why we support it. They put on so many wonderful events for people of all ages. BAPA makes it easy to love where you live.  As small business owners, we feel like it is important to support BAPA’s mission  BAPA is constantly promoting local businesses through their social media posts, The Villager and their events. Beverly/Morgan Park has so much to offer and BAPA helps to showcase what a truly amazing area we live in.  

 

Kathy & Tom Gibbons  

BAPA watches out for all aspects of the community. Over the years, it has been instrumental in making Beverly/Morgan Park a strong, successful, vibrant, diverse neighborhood by focusing on housing, schools, public safety and businesses. The organization has worked with our elected officials to instill confidence and pride on our residents. We live in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. BAPA’s work requires money. Finances come from homeowners and business owners, and it behooves all of us to give what we can to support the fine work of this proven apolitical organization.  Raising a family and owning a business in Beverly/Morgan Park for most of our lifetime has been a privilege.  

 

Allie Bowles & Graham Elliot 

BAPA is a crucial part of the community. We witness the community growing and diversifying with new exciting businesses opening. We see neighbors supporting one another and creating even stronger bonds. Our family purchased a house in 2010 and never looked back. Our neighborhood is the perfect balance of small community feel but with a calendar of fun, family activities, art/music/culture events, businesses, shops and restaurants. It’s the best of both worlds. BAPA’s support helps all of these activities and businesses to continue to thrive and grow our community. We are proud members of BAPA and the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.  

Americanos Brings a Fresh Twist to Neighborhood Diners 

By Talie Leeb 

Whether it’s a date for Taco Tuesday or an any-day-of the week craving for empanadas, Beverly/Morgan Park residents can visit Americanos, 11060 S. Western Ave., for the flavors of authentic traditional Mexican American cuisine. 

Americanos offers a delicious connection to a rich history of Mexican American culture and cuisine, using “ingredients and flavors that are very authentic, traditional Mexican American, but with a new, modern twist” said owner, A.J. Castillo 

Castillo, a lifetime South Side resident and St. Rita alum, returned to the neighborhood to open the restaurant last year, bringing what he describes as “a new flair” to the culinary scene.  

When diners come to Americanos they can begin their meal with an order of chips and guacamole  standard Mexican restaurant fare. From there the menu choices expand to include entrées that feature selections such as grilled shrimp served with rice and tequila-guajillo salsa to the popular a la carte taco bar that enables people to selection from tacos filled with steak, chicken and pork as well as fried sweet potato and chorizo, each topped with a unique salsa crafted to celebrate and elevate the tried and true classic dish. 

Americanos also offers a full bar, stocked with over 30 varieties of tequila as well as other spirits, wine and beer. They also serve a variety of margaritas including their signature Jalapeno Strawberry Margarita, and wide selection of other mixed drinks.  

Americanos recently became a BAPA Business Member and is offering a BAPA Card discount to other members.  

In just a year Castillo has worked to create a destination dining experience for the neighborhood and he said he can’t wait to get more involved. 

“It makes it fun when you get people who become regulars, and with joining BAPA we’re looking forward to being a part of the community.”  

The crew at Americanos is looking forward to its first Southside Irish Parade on Mar. 17 and will be open for hungry and thirsty parade goers.  

Head on over to Americanos Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The full bar features specialty house cocktails and margaritas. For BAPA members, show your BAPA card and get a discount on tacos with purchase of a margarita pitcher (offer not valid on Tuesdays). 773-941-6787, www.americanosrestaurant.com 

 

Say I Love You (Local) for Valentine’s Day

BAPA LOVES our business members and sponsors! We hope our neighbors will also show them some LOVE for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ways to show some love to several of the businesses that support BAPA and our community.

Say it in the Morning

B-Sides Coffee + Tea

Metropolis coffee, Rishi organic tea and classic love tunes on vinyl.

9907 S. Walden Pkwy. – 773-629-6001

 

Original Pancake House

One apple pancake, two forks. Mmmmm.

10437 S. Western – 773-445-6100

 

Beverly Bakery & Café

Cuddle up and share the Irish breakfast.

10528 S. Western – 773-238-5580

 

Ellie’s Café

Breakfast – simple to sublime – all day.

10701 S. Hale – 773-941-4401

 

Say it With Appetite

Americanos

Delicioso! Authentic Mexican ceviche, taco bar, craft margaritas! Specialty plates for 2 on Valentine’s Day, 5-10pm.

11060 S. Western – 773-771-0743

 

Franconello’s

Spice things up with Italian specialties. Mangia!

10222 S. Western – 773-881-4100

 

Fox’s Beverly PIZZA

The Fox family bought the place from Al Capone’s sister. How’s that for a Valentine’s Day connection?  Guys and dolls can dish up great pizza and lots more.

9956 S. Western – 773-239-3212

 

Top Notch

Burger, fries, shake: Love for generations.

2116 W. 95th St. – 773-445-7218

 

Home Run Inn

Pizza fans love this Chicago signature pie.

10900 S. Western – 773-432-9696

 

Say it With Style

Everything’s Relative

Complete Aveda concept salon services. Love to be pampered!

10548 S. Western – 773-941-6565

 

RMH Design + Boutique

Designer + vintage clothes + accessories.

1802 W. 103rd St. – 773-233-5811

 

Sally Ann Corset Shop

Did we mention unmentionables?

10500 S. Western – 773-298-1031

 

Say it On the Go

County Fair

Find the perfect items for your romantic dinner for two.

10800 S. Western – 773-238-5576

 

Milano’s

Heart shaped pizza delivered to your love nest.

10945 S. Western – 773-445-4010

 

Swanson’s Deli

We love a hot, home cooked dinner!

2414 W. 103rd St. – 773-239-1197

 

Calabria Imports

  1. Step off the train. 2. Stop at Calabria.
  2. Savor with your sweetheart.

1905 W. 103rd St. – 773-396-5800

 

Waldo Cooney’s

Love this: Order online, dinner meets you at the door.

2410 W. 111th St. – 773-233-9781

 

Say it With Flowers

The Blossom Boys

Elegant gifts and florals, plus fun classes!

1810 W. 103rd St. – 773-779-4400

 

Plump Chicago Florals & Events

Do you hear bells ringing? Plump offers wedding planning.

1834 W. 95th St. –  773-614-8225

 

Steuber Florist & Greenhouses

Exquisite florals and plants, and 75 years of local love.

2654 W. 111th St. – 773-238-2013

 

Say it With a Toast

Barney Callaghan’s

Say cheers at a cozy table for two.

10618 S. Western – 773-233-6829

 

Open Outcry Brewing Company

Craft beers, crafty cocktails, yummy menu.

10934 S. Western – 773-629-6055

 

Say It to Music

Beverly Arts Center

Choose from a great schedule of concerts for date night.

2407 W. 111th St. – 773-445-3838

 

Dance Gallery

Get cheek-to-cheek with ballroom dance classes.

10628 S. Western Ave. – 773-445-8910

 

Say it in Good Health

Beverly Yoga Center

Relationship Karma: Take a yoga class together.

1917 W. 103rd St. – 773-239-9642

 

Light House Yoga & Wellness

Recharge: Yoga, Massage, Meditation

11240 S. Western – 773-569-1015

 

Blazin’ Cycle

Take a spin class side-by-side.

10227 S. Western – 708-669-6476

 

Southtown Health Foods

Love is organic! Healthy from head to toe.

2100 W. 95th St. – 773-233-1856

 

Little Company of Mary Hospital

Love is holistic! Resources for health and wellness.

2800 W. 95th St. – www.lcmh.org

 

Say it On Wheels

Mike Haggerty Buick GMC

Nothing says I love you like a new set of car keys!

9301 S. Cicero – 877-879-8868

 

Say it Before You Say Goodnight

Hilton Oak Lawn

Call the babysitter! Book a night away from home.

9333 S. Cicero – 708-425-7800

 

Say it Every Day

SHOP BEVERLY/MORGAN PARK

Support the businesses that support our neighbors! Check our Business Directory for more BAPA members.

 

BAPA Welcomes Maureen Kelly, Jayne Corcoran to Board of Directors

By Kristin Boza 

 

 Maureen Kelly: Strengthening the Volunteer Experience 

Maureen Kelly joins BAPA’s board this year, continuing a long history of volunteering with the organization. As a Beverly/Morgan Park resident since 1985, Kelly has been a Home Tour co-chair, Ridge Run volunteer, and, along with her husband Jack, chairman of the now retired Snowflake Ball. She hopes to engage others in volunteerism as not only a way to serve the community, but to make new friends as well — just as she has. 

With a strong background in government relations, Kelly has served as an aide to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and is currently the Director of Government Relations at Governors State University. She previously served as the Chairman of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce and is currently the co-chair of their Government Relations Committee. 

“In my work experience, I have tracked and analyzed legislation, worked with legislators and their staff, and various stakeholders and community organizations to advance the mission and goals of my employers and the community,” Kelly said. “I look forward to utilizing my skills, experience, and network to the BAPA Board.” 

Kelly is team-oriented and is eager to get to know her fellow Board members and find new ways to impact the Beverly/Morgan Park community. “I have been very happy to see the energy and vitality that has become part of BAPA over the last few years,” she said. “I love the willingness to try new things as BAPA remains committed to its core mission. BAPA has made great strides in beautifying the community, holding consumer and safety workshops, and developing the BAPA Card to support our local businesses.” 

A commitment to advocating on BAPA’s behalf is central to Kelly’s goals for her tenure on the Board. “I hope to quickly familiarize myself with BAPA’s finances and goals, but in the meanwhile, I will engage and re-engage community members and highlight the critically important work BAPA does,” she said. “I also look forward to evaluating the cost effectiveness of BAPA’s special events and brainstorming on creative and fun events that will draw a great deal of support from the community. The Dreihaus Challenge is a great example of creative fundraising and the partnership speaks volumes about BAPA.” 

 

Jayne Corcoran: Telling Others About Our Village in the City 

Jayne Corcoran recently joined the BAPA Marketing Committee, and then agreed to take a seat on the Board of Directors. She brings two decades of marketing communication experience to the BAPA team. As a relative newcomer to the neighborhood — she and her family moved to Beverly/Morgan Park five years ago — Corcoran first learned about BAPA when she received a brochure welcoming her to the neighborhood. She became further involved after learning about the Openlands tree planting partnership with BAPA that provides complimentary saplings to fill in the spaces left when older trees succumb to disease or storms. 

“I saw BAPA’s name on the Home Tour, Bikes & Brews, Ridge Run and Family Fun Nights; I then realized that they really cover a lot of ground for residents and businesses,” Corcoran said. “It’s pretty incredible that their team can have a dual focus on our community in that way.” 

Corcoran’s career as a marketing communications and graphic design/branding expert in the Chicago real estate industry gave her the background to understand the ways that communities and businesses can grow together, and the absolute necessity of bridging the idea that one cannot succeed without the other. “By doing good and weaving your efforts and intentions into your community, you see a ripple effect and success coming full circle,” Corcoran said.  

“BAPA’s mission is to foster a safe, friendly, diverse and family-oriented neighborhood, and we are very fortunate that this is true of our community. Existing residents are loyal and find a great sense of community here, while newbies are pleasantly surprised by the way residents rally for one another,” Corcoran said. “There is a great selection of events, schools, and resident-owned businesses, including those that created this community and new entrepreneurs that regularly pop up. It’s an exciting time to see Beverly/Morgan Park grow.” 

Through her work on the Marketing Committee, Corcoran seeks to find innovative ways to communicate BAPA’s mission to the community and attract visitors from all over the area. “I am hopeful that I can help BAPA continue the message that Beverly/Morgan Park truly is unique and helps foster their tagline ‘A Village in the City,'” she said.