By Kristin Boza
Nearly one year after closing on their Beverly/Morgan Park home, Robert Brown, his wife, Tina Odum Brown, and Tina’s sister Theresa Odum moved into their newly renovated space. Now settled into their new home, the family is eager to continue visiting their favorite spots this spring.
Their favorite part of their home renovation is how they restructured the main living area, including the kitchen. Robert refers to the design as “IKEA modern,” and he is proud to have assembled and installed the kitchen cabinets himself. Tina had the idea to install a shiplap accent wall, which ties the entire living space together. The kitchen went from outdated dark brown cabinets and cream countertops to sleek stainless-steel appliances, black cabinetry, and beautiful marble countertops.
Before moving to Beverly/Morgan Park, Robert and Tina lived in a registered Chicago bungalow in Auburn Gresham, and always appreciated the historic look in their home.
“We’ve always had an affinity for Beverly/Morgan Park,” Robert said. “Our kids took lessons at Kuk Wool Won and did summer programs at the Beverly Arts Center. We’ve eaten at Lumes, the Original Pancake House, Jansen’s, and Leona’s (when it was open). We also attended events at Beverly Woods Restaurant.”
Robert is a Deputy Sheriff/Correctional Officer at Cook County Jail. Tina retired a year ago from The Northern Trust, where she worked for more than 37 years. Theresa is a retired Chicago Police Department Sergeant and currently is the Chief of Police for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
The active family enjoyed numerous walks and bike rides through the neighborhood before moving here, and especially loved the Beverly Art Walk and take in all of the local artists and music.
Robert, Tina, and Theresa are looking forward to using the area’s numerous parks, meeting their neighbors, and discovering new aspects of Beverly/Morgan Park. They can’t wait for spring and the start of BAPA’s Porch Concert series, which they plan to ride their bikes to attend.
“We moved here because we’ve always loved this area. When the opportunity to buy our home came, we jumped on it!” Robert said. “We love our new home and are looking forward to living in a community that we have always felt a connection to.”