Speedy & Spooky: Tombstone 5K Pre-Halloween Run 

By Talie Leeb 

The neighborhoods spookiest tradition is back as zombies and monsters shamble, amble and run in the Tombstone 5K, Sat, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. The race will wind its way past the final resting places of notable area residents in the historic Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W. 111th St. 

Thevent is co-sponsored by the Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association, the 95th Street Business Association, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Running Excels. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.  Pre- Race Registration fees are $35 per runner for the timed 5K, and $30 for an untimed bib, and include a goody-bag and hoodie. 

Register for the race online at RaceRoster.comkeyword Tombstone 5K; register before Oct. 11 to guarantee your hoodie. Packet pickup will be held at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, Thurs., Oct. 17 and Fri., Oct. 1812 to 7 p.m. Day of race registration is 7 to 8 a.m. and fees increase by $5.  

Age group medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age category. The top overall male and female finishers will win a pair of Brooks Ghost Running Shoes, courtesy of Bev Lynch of Running Excels. 

The race will be chip-timed, but don’t let that scare away any non-runners. The Tombstone 5K is the perfect race for walkers and runners of any pace and ability, or for someone who just wants to show off their costume creativity — even if you’re in the running for a medal the prize for best costume will be up for grabs.  

Race results will be posted on RaceRoster.com and at RunningExcels.com. 

Visit Local Parks 

Don’t miss the great stuff happening in parks all around Beverly/Morgan Park. 

 

Ridge Park 

Ridge Park Cultural Center9625 S. Longwood Dr., is the 4th busiest park in the Chicago Park District. With a full schedule of programmingplus the pool, tennis courts, woodshop, fitness center, Vanderpoel Art Gallery and athletic events, it’s easy to see why the park is a favorite destination.  

Coming up on Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., is a free, one hour session of Yoga for first responders and their families.  

On Sat., Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will present “The Comedy of Errors,” a family-friendly adaptation of William Shakespeare’s delightful story of lost twins, mistaken identity, and one confusing day in Ephesus. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and meet friends and family for this annual theater-on-the-lawn experience.  

The Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC), an all-volunteer group of neighborhood residents, advocates for the park on issues from fieldhouse improvements to programs. The RPAC recently donated new tools to the woodshop, and committed to providing the volunteer-power needed for the return of the Midnight Circus in the Parks, Sept. 28 and 29, with shows at 2 and 5 p.m. both daysTickets are already on sale at www.midnightcircus.net 

 

Summer Activities 

Rolling Rec, the mobile activity operation, invites families to enjoy extra fun at local parks. Look for the Rolling Rec van at Crescent Park, 2200 W. 108th Pl., Aug. 2, 7 and 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m., and at Barnard Park, 10431 S. Longwood Dr., Aug. 1, 6 and 8, 12 to 1:30 p.m.  

Beat the heat at local parks this month! Kennedy Park, 113th and Western has an outdoor pool (sign up for passes at the Chicago Park District website), as well as tennis courts and a playground.  

Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St., has a spray pool and volleyball court.  

Munroe Park, 2617 W. 105thSt., has a spray pool and sand volleyball 

Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl., has a water play area, handicapped accessible playground, and woodshop.  

Save the Date for 3rd Annual Sip & Shop  

 

Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), 19th Ward Office and Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association will present the 3rd annual Sip n’ Shop Girls Night Out on Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 to 11 p.m. Businesses in the train station districts at 99th Street and 103rd Street will offer special sales, beverage and food tastings, demonstrations and more from 6 to 9 p.m., and a BYOB after party with live music at 103rd and Walden Parkway from 9 to 11 p.m. 

 

On the Spot 

By Claire O’Malley 

Ohana means “family” and you should definitely bring your family to Ohana Ice & Treats as soon as possible. Ohana is a cute little frozen treats shop near the 103rd Street Metra station.  It’s great for commuters and puts other ice cream shops to shame.  

I recently took the kids that I babysit for there and they loved it! One of them ordered Superman ice cream on a sugar cone and the other got strawberry shaved ice. For those of you who aren’t familiar with shaved ice, it is a​ dessert made of very thin shavings of ice, flavored with syrup or other sweet things. Some shaved ice places that I have been to serve treats that consist of crunchy ice, but Ohana’s shaved ice is more like a giant snowball. They have 24 shaved ice flavors. You can even get more than one flavor on the shaved ice; I love the combination of mango and pineapple!  

When I was looking at the menu, figuring out what delicious treat to order I wish I had skipped lunch and had room to order everything off the menu, which even I would be able to afford. In addition to the shaved ice and ice cream, they serve smoothies and milkshakes and more  

Now, every time I babysit, the kids beg me to take them to Ohana! We love it, and you will too. Ohana is located at 1800 W. 103rd St. 773-253-8533.  

(The Villager’s new teen correspondent, Claire O’Malley is an 8th grader in the Academic Center at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Her interests include art and theatre, and she has been a student at Second City for several years.)  

Crashes, Stories and Scars: Conine Ready to Ride in Beverly Hills Cycling Classic

By Grace Kuikman

When the riders in the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic line up for the Masters’ race on Fri., July 19, Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Dr. Brandon Conine will be making his debut in criterium racing. How does Conine manage to switch gears from his demanding job as an Emergency Room physician at Metro South Hospital and busy family man and father of two to a demanding training schedule for an elite cycling event that draws rides from around the globe?

It seems like he’s as adaptable as he is hardworking.

Conine and his wife, Maura Conine, owner of Capsule Chicago clothing store on Walden Parkway, have two sons, Liam, 5, who just finished kindergarten at St. Barnabas and will start 1st grade at Sutherland in the fall, and Jude, 3, who will be enrolling in preschool in the fall.

The whole family bikes, just for fun and to get to neighborhood destinations like Maura’s store and out to dinner. But Brandon has taken riding to a higher level – that level is known as Cat 3.

Race categories are set by USA Cycling determine the events for which competitors qualify. The lower the category the higher the qualification. The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic stages Cat 1, 2, 3 races — the highest levels.

Conine started out riding for enjoyable exercise toward the end medical school. “The Tour de France or something like it must have been going on because I thought I’d like to give [cycling] a try.”

When he moved to Ohio for a four-year residency in Emergency Room Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, Conine found friends to bike with and started on his way to becoming an avid rider. He and Maura, who grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park, moved to Chicago four years ago. Following the move, Conine changed his focus from cycling as a sociable form of exercise to training for and competing in races.  He has competed in more than 100 racing events. “It’s a lot of fun if you’re doing it well,” he said with a smile.

Motivated by the change in the race course for BAPA’s Beverly Hills Cycling Classic last year that now brings the racers zooming past his house, Conine decided to work hard to meet one of his goals: to qualify as a Cat 3 rider and participate in the Classic.

The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is the first of ten days of racing in the Prairie State Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup. Conine not only qualified as Cat 3 rider for the local race, he qualified to compete in the omnium — all ten days of the race series.

Criterium road races like the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic are lapped races done on closed circuits that range from one to two miles – the local race is 1.54 kilometers, slightly under a mile. Conine will be racing in the Masters’ race, starting at 5:45 p.m. and lasting 40 minutes. At times, he will be riding at 30 to 35 mph on straightaways, and even faster going down the hill.

He expects a crowd of family, neighbors and friends to be cheering him on from his front yard.

In order to be ready to compete on July 19, Conine has been training about 10 to 12 hours a week since March, fitting in his riding around his work and home schedules. He has been practicing on the local route, up and down the hills, and making the sharp turns that will be required in the race which could attract more than 100 professional and elite amateur riders.

The speed at which these steely-nerved competitors are riding is stunning when you’re standing on the sidelines feeling the breeze as they go by in a blur of brightly colored jerseys. Isn’t that scary? Conine says no. “It’s scarier to go slower than faster,” he said, explaining that the faster the cyclists are going, the better the momentum keeps the bikes straight and upright. In his racing experience, Conine has crossed handlebars with another speeding bike and managed to get free without consequence. “Of course, there have been plenty of crashes, stories and scars to get this far,” he said.

Conine has competed in road racing, cyclocross (including the races at Dan Ryan Woods) and a little mountain biking. His competition history includes a 110 mile race at 10,000 feet elevation in Colorado and a 105 mile race on all gravel roads in the middle of Kansas.

Competing in the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is a thrilling new challenge. “The best part of this ride is that it’s fun to do something you’re not sure you can do,” he said. “I’m really excited. I’ve worked a long time on this.”

Pizzeria Deepo Reopens with New Owner

By Kristin Boza

One of the neighborhood’s favorite deep dish pizza places is back! Pizzeria Deepo,1742 W. 99th St., was recently reopened by former staff member Karlie Hernandez.

Hernandez, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident and graduate of St. Barnabas School and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, began waitressing for Pizzeria Deepo in 2013, figuring it would be a great place to work throughout high school. After leaving for college, she always came back for a few shifts during the summer and school holidays, until she transferred to UIC and began working more regular hours.

During Hernandez’s last semester of college, former owner Jeanette Dixon told her she planned to sell the restaurant. “I always had a great relationship with Jeanette; she’s so kind and generous and always made Deepo a fun place for all of us to work,” Hernandez said. “As I got older and wanted to take on more responsibilities, she was happy and eager to show me what it takes to run the place.”

When Hernandez heard the news about the upcoming sale, purchasing the restaurant was in the back of her mind. “It took a lot of time and thought to make this decision, but ultimately, it was an opportunity that came at the perfect time and I just couldn’t pass it up,” she said. “Jeanette built a great local deep dish pizza place that the neighborhood loves. I felt confident taking over, especially with the trust that the neighborhood would be back to support a local business and have their favorite deep dish back.” Customers are also thrilled that the reopening came in time for dining on the outdoor dining patio!

Patrons will be happy to know the original pizza dough recipe, made fresh daily, is back. The restaurant remains a BYOB, but there is a $2/head charge, which will support the minimum wage increase this summer. “We provide glasses, openers, buckets and ice to service your choice of alcoholic drink,” Hernandez said.

The good news continues! “We also offer a vegan pizza served without cheese at 25% off the regular price,” Hernandez said. “The crust contains no eggs and you can add your choice of fresh veggie toppings.” Other new menu items include caprese salad, Caesar salad, Italian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches, and a deep dish cookie dessert topped with ice cream.

Pizzeria Deepo is closed Sundays and Mondays, and open for private parties and events. “We have hosted birthday parties, communions, graduations, wedding showers, baby showers, retirement parties, and more. I look forward to hosting these parties for the people in the community and creating good times and good memories,” Hernandez said.

Call 773-840-3087. Hours: Tues. through Sat., 4 to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Flag Day Event at RHS 

Flag Day Event at RHS 

The Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley, will be the location for a Flag Day celebration to remember the late Carl Spencer Fri., June 14, 7 p.m. Hostess is Elaine Spencer, Carl’s widow and the current president of RHS, will serve Hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer and non-alcoholic beverages 

A donation of $25 is suggested and proceeds will benefit RHS. Reservations are required; call 773-881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com 

Carl Spencer was born on Flag Day 100 years ago. He was well-known in the community for his positive outlook and great stories. Spencer was a longtime community resident and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a strong supporter of RHS, serving on the Board for many years, as well as a member of Kiwanis and American Legion.  

Spencer was probably best known as an avid bicycle rider and racer, and for his crosscountry bike ride honoring the Marine Corps. On permanent display at RHS are one of Spencer’s racing bikes and other memorabilia. He died in 2010. Videos and pictures of Spencer will be on display during the Flag Day event and guests are invited to share their memories about Spencer. For more information, visit the Ridge Historical Society Facebook page.  

Art Fair & Festival Returns to Ridge Park this Summer 

More than 40 artists will be exhibiting and selling original works at the 2nd annual Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival Sat., June 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The event is being planned and presented by the Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association along with the Chicago Park District. 

highlight of cultural opportunities in the community, the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will feature work across a wide variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, jewelry, art glass, leatherwork and more.  

The art fair debut last year was a resounding success, with more than 1000 visitors and a host of activities. This year’s festivities will be expanded to include more live music, more kid-friendly options and more food trucks including Misiericordia Hearts and Flour, Calabria and Pollo LocuasChildren’s and adult beverages will be available.  

Performing music are inspirational singer Gincy Hartin, a local jazz ensemble and the Over the Side Band, a popular cover band.  

New this year are limited edition tote bags featuring a beautiful water color of Ridge Park by famed artist Judie Anderson. Anderson will be will be on hand to sign the bags also and she has donated the original artwork to be auctioned off at the art fair.  

For the kids there will be two bounce houses (one will be just for the little ones)and Twistcity with two amazing shows, one with giant bubbles and the other with balloon twisting.   

As a Chicago Park District cultural center, Ridge Park offers rich and dynamic programming that will be highlighted throughout the art fair and festival. The John H. Vanderpoel Museum Gallery is located in the fieldhouse through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The gallery hosts a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper. Ridge Park Art Fair attendees will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, as well as of the park facilities and ceramics studio. 

Information about the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival is available at www.ridgeparkartfair.org. For more information, contact Irene Testa, irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org, or Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@yahoo.com 

 

BAPA’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

BAPA’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

Memorial Day Parade Follows Races to Ridge Park 

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27Runners can compete for a share of the $1800 in cash prizes or simply race to place in age categories ranging from 6 to 80 or beat their personal best time.   

The Ridge Run, long considered Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, takes participants through the Ridge Historic District to run the 10K run, 5K run and walk and Youth Mile run routesCheering spectators line the route, offering encouragement, water and energy to the runners. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.  

Runners who are training for the Chicago Marathon are also encouraged to sign up for the 10K since completing a 6.2mile race by June is a benchmark in marathon training. 

The Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country, will be held at 9 a.m. at Ridge Park. The ceremony includes the laying of the wreath, taps and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  

The running events are followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, starting at 110th Place and traveling north down Longwood Drive to join the Ridge Run post-race festival at Ridge Park. Run and parade spectators and participants are invited to enjoy food, beverages, information from event sponsors, Team Town and more. The Kids Zone, sponsored by Marquette Bank, will feature a visit from Captain America, the popular Tot Trot, jump houses and more.  

The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH)Evergreen Park, which generously provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, as well as with general health information. The hospital has been a vital health resource for the community for nearly 90 years and continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations. LCMH was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. 

Ridge Run registration continues until race day for participants signing up for the 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile.  Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt. Sign up online until May 20 at www.bapa.org, then sign-up and pick up race packets through May 26 (see www.bapa.org for complete registration schedule). Fees increase for race-day registration, which opens at 6:30 a.m.  

Volunteers are needed to help with the Ridge Run, and a variety of dates and tasks are available. Sign up at www.bapa.org on the Ridge Run page or call 773-233-3100 for more information.  

Memorial Day Parade 

The Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, planned and presented by BAPA  steps at about 10 a.m. The parade features a variety of units including military vehicles, antique cars, floats, scouts, bands, the Jesse White Tumblers and the Bluesmobile 

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Tim Noonan, founder of the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers (CCGSM), will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. The Road Home Program Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center is the parade presenting sponsor.  

A few years ago, Noonan formed CCSGM with the mission of restoring and preserving a forgotten monument erected nearly a century ago to honor Chicagoans who gave their lives serving in World War I. His tireless efforts have led to the restoration of that monument, which was installed last fall in a place of honor in the Dan Ryan Woods and rededicated in an official ceremony in time for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI. 

The CCCSM relied on what Noonan called “blind faith” to get the project completed. They ordered a new bronze plaque from a Chicago manufacturer who, according to Noonan, used the same techniques employed on the longlost original plaque. The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers guided the hands of apprentice masons in rebuilding the monument, also using century-old techniques, with the original stones supplemented by local stones collected by Noonan. The Forest Preserves District of Cook County built the new concrete footing for the memorial.    

The CCGSM continues to raise funds to cover the costs of the restored memorial, and the costs of preserving the memorial as well as adding benches and amenities for visitors. For more information about the history behind the monument, the restoration effort and how you can make a donation, visit Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers on Facebook.  

Parade presenting sponsor, The Road Home Program, provides individualized care to veterans and their families to help heal the “invisible wounds of war.”  The program helps veterans returning home to address service and combat-related health and mental health issues as well as family challenges. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Modie Lavin is the Community Outreach Coordinator; call her at 312-942-8354.  

Registration for participating in the Memorial Day Parade continues through May 20. Applications are available online at www.bapa.org  on the Ridge Run page or you can request a paper application by emailing bapa@bapa.org 

Thank you to all of the Ridge Run sponsors: Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Marquette Bank, Whole Foods, The Road Home, CIBC, Beverly Hills Animal HospitalSouthtown Health Foods, Berlshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Smith Village, County Faor, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Original Rainbow Cone, The Beverly Review, Running Excels, State Farm Insurance – Agent John Harrell, Home Run Inn Pizza, 670- The Score, Meijer, Beverly records, Calabria Imports, Chicago Park District,  

For more information about the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa,org or www.bapa.org. 

Why We Moved to Beverly – Danielle and Brad Cain 

By Kristin Boza 

House hunting is hard, especially when there are so many great areas of the city and nearby suburbs to check out. For Danielle and Brad Cain, Beverly/Morgan Park wasn’t on their initial radar, but once they spent some time in the community, they quickly realized the neighborhood can’t be beat. 

“The first time we came here, Danielle said ‘I’ll never move here, it’s so far from everything’,” Brad, a marketing executive at a software company, said. “Then we looked at just one house and she was convinced this was the place to live in. I think a lot of people don’t know about Beverly, which is crazy because it’s just a gorgeous, hidden gem of a neighborhood.” 

For Danielle, a registered nurse at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, the distance from downtown where she and Brad both work, was an initial concern. However, the neighborhood had an added draw of being near their families in the south suburbs, which was appealing as they were expecting their first baby at the time. The Cains moved in in February and welcomed baby Edie on Mar. 31. 

“Living in Beverly has been better than we could have thought,” Danielle said. “Everyone’s been so nice and there’s so many families around, which is nice to see.” Their realtor, Michele Pettiford, made sure the Cains saw every nook and cranny of Beverly/Morgan Park and shared information about — and visits to! — the community’s restaurants, small businesses and events with the couple. 

The Cains truly felt welcomed by the genuine friendliness of the community, especially when neighbors they barely know dropped off food after their daughter was born. “We’re really impressed and overwhelmed by kindness and the sense of community here,” Danielle said.