Beth and Kevin Malloy moved to North Beverly from Lincoln Park in the fall, along with their three children: Christian, 7; Patrick, 5; and Molly, 4.
When they decided it was time to find a bigger home, Beverly Hills/Morgan Park was a natural choice for the Malloys. They have good friends here and they were members of Beverly Country Club. “We got to know a number of people in the neighborhood. We were really drawn to Beverly,” Kevin said.
Kevin is an avid runner “with decent times” who has participated in the Ridge Run for the last four years. “I think it’s a great race, you get a nice tour of the neighborhood and it has a very good community feel to it,” he said. “It is hard to beat running along Lake Michigan, but the Beverly hills are challenging, and I’m looking forward to finding some new routes.” He’s now training for the Boston Marathon in April.
While the kids attend Christ the King School, Kevin spends his days working as a commercial litigation attorney at Forde Law Offices LLP, and Beth is the Lake Erie and Lake Michigan Manager at the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office.
The Malloys report that the neighborhood has welcomed them warmly; the welcoming committee at Bethlehem Lutheran Church left cookies on their porch, a new neighbor brought over a Christmas plant, and they’ve received numerous offers for help with house-sitting and child care. “The friendliness and the true neighborhood/community feel [are some of the best things about living here],” Kevin said. “We are so happy we chose to move here,” Beth added.
The family is having fun exploring local restaurants, including Ellie’s Cafe and Horse Thief Hollow. “The kids are already big fans of Rainbow Cone, and I’m having fun sampling the local eateries – I really adore Beverly Bakery!” Beth said.
The Malloys don’t have any family ties to the area: Beth grew up in Ohio and Kevin grew up outside of Buffalo, NY. He’ll be easy to spot as one of the few people around here wearing Bills or Sabres gear.
The Malloy family is already heavily involved in the community, with Beth coaching the kindergarten Junior Lego team at Christ the King. “We’re planning on getting more involved in school and BAPA,” Kevin said.
A sports family, Christian and Patrick played soccer at Christ the King, and hockey with the St. Jude’s Knights. “The new Morgan Park ice rink is impressive and great to have close by,” Kevin said. Beth joined Treadfit and participated in the March Madness Challenge there, and the entire family is looking forward to running in the Ridge Run together and watching the boys play baseball with Ridge Beverly. Molly is active in art classes at the Beverly Arts Center.
The family is adjusting to the challenges of living in a new place. “I’m still getting used to the train schedule; missing a train has consequences!” Kevin said. “We’re learning all there is to know about owning an old home,” Beth said.
Despite not being native Chicagoans and moving to Beverly Hills/Morgan Park from the north side, Kevin is quick to point out that they are a proud White Sox family. They’ll fit right in.
By Kristin Boza