D’Cher and Ronell Whitaker
D’Cher and Ronell Whitaker already knew Beverly/Morgan Park was the place they wanted to live when they first looked at the East Beverly two flat they purchased. “We’ve always wanted to set roots in Beverly, as it isn’t too far from where we both grew up,” D’Cher said. Her husband and brother went to Morgan Park High School.
Established in their careers –she’s a data analyst turned full time business owner and he’s Curriculum Director for the English Department, Community High School District 218 – the timing was right for the Whitakers to make a move. The building was the perfect home, with roomy vintage apartments for D’Cher and Ronell and for D’Cher’s mother, Cheryl, and grandmother, Claudette.
The Whitakers moved here from Avondale in February, and quickly set about becoming part of their new community.
“We love the community feel,” D’Cher said. “Everyone is so supportive of one another. It just feels like home. The way that small business is supported is also a plus for us.”
D’Cher owns the Love Peridot boutique in the South Loop. “It’s a collection of gifts and accessories curated for the ambitious woman,” she said. She also mentioned she may be scouting out a store location in Beverly/Morgan Park – we’ll keep you posted!
“When Ronell is not assisting teachers with their curriculum, he is advising them on the importance of including graphic novels (comic books) in their classrooms,” D’ Cher said.
D’Cher and Ronell recently became BAPA members. “We are open to helping out where we can,” she said. Last fall, she attended the Sip and Shop (“My favorite so far!”) and look for her at BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour on May 17 – she’ll be volunteering one of the houses.
The Whitakers are enjoying exploring the neighborhood. “Ain’t She Sweet and Andy Sunflower Cafe have become weekly staples.” What’s on their to-do memo? “We really want to explore the architecture and history within the neighborhood. The Beverly Art Center is next on the list to visit!”
Welcome to the Whitakers. Love Where You Live!
Are you new to Beverly/Morgan Park or do you know someone who recently moved here? Let BAPA know! BAPA welcomes new residents to the community and shares information about local organizations, schools, businesses, events and more to help new neighbors become a part of our community. Save the date for our spring New Neighbor Meet & Greet: Wed., Apr. 1 at Open Outcry. For information or to RSVP, contact Mary Jo Viero, firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-233-3100.