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 […]

BIA Selects Beautiful Gardens in North Beverly 

The Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) once again searched for beautiful gardens in North Beverly. According to BIA members Mary and Collins Fitzpatrick, the neighborhood is magnificent and this year’s gardens are filled with colorful flowers and plants in full bloom due to Mother Nature and to the hard work and loving care of its homeowners.   Gardens selected for […]

Business Spotlight: A Hopping Place for Families

By Brittany Wiley Michelle Bryant-Smith and her husband Maurice Smith opened Little Hoppers Play Café, 2670 W 111th St., in August.  It’s an interactive and creative boutique style play space for kids age seven and under and a café for families. The idea for the Play Café was birthed out of Bryant-Smith’s frustration as a […]

Beauty and Community: BAPA Hosts the Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk

It almost seems ironic that the blessings of a warm and rainy spring and the need to be productive during the isolation of a global pandemic were a winning combination for Beverly/Morgan Park’s gardens. Inspired by the exceptional beauty of our community and the need for our close-knit community to come together safely, BAPA is […]

Village Viewpoint – September 2020

By Gary Jenkins, BAPA Safety Liaison I have lived in the Beverly/Morgan Park community for the past sixteen plus years. My wife Sharon and I moved here from the 6500 block of Sangamon Street.  I am originally from New York City, so Englewood was my first taste of Chicago. Most of Englewood then, as it […]

New Neighbors: Megan Wright and Nate Otto

By Kristin Boza Dance and art are passions of new neighbors Megan Wright and Nate Otto. Wright grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park and built a dance and art career on the foundation she learned at the Beverly Arts Center. Otto, who grew up between Deerfield and Michigan, is a talented artist seeking to leave his […]

Don’t Wait to Get Medical Care

It’s been reported in publications from the LA Times to the Washington Post: As many as one third of Americans are delaying medical care because they are afraid of being exposed to the coronavirus. The result it that people could become seriously ill or even die not from the virus, but from leaving critical medical […]

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 […]

Camping Out at a (Social) Distance

The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared” and scouts from Troop 607 at Bethany Union Church were well prepared when they organized a troop campout in mid-April. The Troop usually camps out at least once a month, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the March outing was cancelled. “We were not going to be deterred […]

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 […]