By Kristin Boza
Kathleen and Steve Rosenbaum just celebrated their one-year house anniversary. The couple moved to Beverly/Morgan Park after living near the Lincoln Park Zoo. Steve grew up in Oak Lawn and still has family that lives there; he attended St. Germaine for elementary school and Brother Rice High School. Kathleen grew up in Houston, Texas. She moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Notre Dame and has lived in the city ever since. Steve’s connection to the neighborhood is what brought the couple to the neighborhood to settle into a new home.
Kathleen is an Audit Senior Manager at EY, serving a variety of clients but specifically those in the real estate sector. Steve, a graduate of Xavier University (Cincinnati), is a marketing sales representative for Cincinnati Insurance. Outside of work, Kathleen is active in the Junior League of Chicago and relaxes with yoga and needlepoint. Steve is an avid golfer and runner.
“The balanced lifestyle Beverly provides was a big factor in our decision to move here,” Steve said. “We like the easy access to Downtown while enjoying a relatively large space and an incredibly friendly community.”
The friendliness of neighbors is one aspect of Beverly/Morgan Park that differs from the north side.
“We love going on neighborhood walks and having neighbors who actually smile and wave,” Kathleen said. “We have met more neighbors in the first month of moving to Seeley than in the eight years I lived in the Lincoln Park condo.”
Although Steve always has worked remotely for his employer in Ohio, now both Steve and Kathleen work from home so they knew buying a home with more space was essential to get through the pandemic. “We love having a dedicated guest room and being able to host friends and family from out of town,” Kathleen said.
The couple is happy to continue their date night tradition of attending comedy shows, specifically the All That Good Stuff comedy show at Cork & Kerry; they used to frequent Second City and other theaters in Lincoln Park before moving here. The pair says their neighborhood dinner staples include Ken’s, Nicky’s, Calabria Imports, and Open Outcry.
“I ran the 10k and the Ridge Run route is the one I do every day since it goes right in front of our house. It was great to run on my home course, which made it more enjoyable than running a race where I’m not as familiar with the terrain,” Steve said. While Steve ran, Kathleen gave her time volunteering at the Ridge Run results tent.
The couple also spends a lot of time at Ridge Country Club, where they have further strengthened and developed new friendships with fellow members, now that they live only a short drive or walk away.
Overall, moving to Beverly/Morgan Park is a bright spot in 2020 for the Rosenbaums.
“Living in a community where everyone takes such great pride in being a member is one of the best things about living here,” Kathleen said.