New Neighbors: Please Welcome Pili Mendoza and Will Waddell  

By Brian Marchetti 

Please extend a warm welcome, and welcome back, to North Beverly’s newest residents. Pili Mendoza comes to us by way of the Quad Cities as she joins her fiancée, Will Waddell, who returns to the community he grew up in. They are settling into their new home at 94th and Hamilton.  

The couple met in their post-college years while living on the North Side of Chicago. Shortly after moving into their new home, along with their dog, Scout, Pili and Will got engaged at a party they hosted this past December.  

“Being new to Beverly, I love still being part of Chicago but with the experience of a close-knit community,” Pili said.  

Pili attended DePaul University where she studied Public Relations. She taught at Oscar Mayer Magnet School in Lincoln Park for eight years. Six months ago, she started a new job at the University of Chicago as an event planner for the faculty’s Quadrangle Club. 

After spending his formative years in Beverly/Morgan Park, Will left the South Side behind to study Business Management at St. Ambrose University. He works as a wealth manager at Baird Financial. Though he left Beverly/Morgan Park for a time, he always considered it home.  

“I think we always wanted to end up here,” Will said. “It’s a little less chaotic than the North Side.”  

Since their arrival, the couple have indulged in local favorites including Horse Thief Hollow and Top Notch Beefburgers. They’ve also joined Beverly Tennis club to pursue their passions for tennis and pickle ball.  

When not working, Pili and Will share a passion for music. Will plays piano and guitar and rocked out in a few bands in his younger days. The couple has attended many concerts, including Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field and saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.  

“That was an amazing show,” Pili said.  

As Pili and Will settle into their new home and take on the daunting task of planning a wedding, they appreciate the neighborhood feel of Beverly/Morgan Park and their proximity to family. 

“We really like the community aspect and we’re close to friends and family,” Will said. “My brother is just a few blocks away and that’s great.” 

So, here’s a hardy welcome to our newest friends, Pili, Will and Scout. We’re glad to have you. 



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