New Ideas for Vintage Homes

BAPA Home Tour + Home Expo Give Before-and-After Insights to Gracious Living

On Sun., May 19, the old and the new come together as the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) launches the new Home Expo on the morning of the popular Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour. Together, the events offer before-and-after insights to gracious neighborhood living.

The BAPA Home Expo will take place at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., Chicago, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Home Tour will start at the same location, with tour check-in and ticket sales 12 to 3 p.m. Home Tour locations are open 12 to 5 p.m.

BAPA Home Expo

Designed to give property owners a range of accessible expert advice, the Home Expo invites attendees to talk to interior designers, wood restoration experts, people who offer eco-friendly services, and companies that offer roofing (including slate roofing), heating and air conditioning, plumbing, decks, landscape design, composting, paint and more.

People considering home projects are welcome to participate in the AIA Chicago Ask and Architect program that connects residential architects with homeowners looking to expand or improve their homes. Bungalows, two-flats, or new construction—architects will be standing by with free, personalized advice.  The architects will be available for short consultations on a first come/first served. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information so the architects can assist in the best possible way.

The Chicago Bungalow Association will present information on its Stop the Pop campaign that encourages bungalow owners who are planning home additions to maintain the exterior integrity of the original architectural design. This presentation, scheduled for 10:15 a.m., can benefit all property owners who are considering additions.

Oak Brothers Architectural Restoration will present information on restoring and caring for vintage windows, woodwork and architectural elements at 11 a.m. The Oak Brothers are specialists in repairing original windows, providing custom millwork and hand carving, refurbishing vintage hardware, plaster repair and more.

Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will be available with tips on saving money on utility bills, CHI 311 will provide information on Chicago’s expanded 311 service and the new easy-to-use 311 app, and the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will offer a variety of service information and give away 100 free tree saplings.

BAPA Home Expo admission and presentations are free. The Expo is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour

This year’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour takes a look at how savvy renovations, inspired decorating, new construction and down-to-the studs restoration add an exciting variety to traditional architectural designs in the historic Beverly/Morgan Park community.

The Home Tour begins at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The sanctuary was designed by noted architect Raymond M. Hood soon after he won the contest to design the Chicago Tribune Tower, and erected in 1926. It features carefully preserved Norman Gothic details and as well as a cloister Garth paved with Hudson River blue stone and featuring an open-air stone pulpit. Founded in 1872, Bethany Union Church will also be sharing artifacts and information about it’s long and interesting local history.

Homes being showcased on the tour are:

A stunning home built just ten years ago and designed with an English Eclectic influence that fits beautifully into the vintage character of the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the house is a spectacular combination of vintage amenities, contemporary lifestyle and carefully incorporated elements that make the house handicapped accessible to accommodate the needs of aging parents. From the basement party room with its expansive bar and sparkling disco ball to the perfect-for-entertaining open floor plan kitchen and family room to the fully furnished patio, this house was designed with welcome in mind. Experiences in this house include the Calumet Paint/Benjamin Moore Interior Paint Showcase and a beverage sampling in the back yard.

A handsome French Eclectic home designed by Murray Hetherington and built in 1935 on a secluded lot nestled at the edge of the forest preserves. The home offers a seamless meshing of original construction and renovation projects including a spacious addition with design-perfect details that incorporate original exterior brick and windows that match the unique windows in the front of the house that are protected as historic. Artwork throughout the house has been collected on family vacations and selected for its beauty, diverse media and styles, and as reminders of world travels. Experiences in this house include plein air painting by artist Judie Anderson.

A charming Mediterranean Revival with a brand new, custom-designed kitchen that combines function with contemporary beauty. This welcoming home is filled with elements including lovely casement windows and woodwork, decorating that uses a rich and warm palette of colors, and extensive collections of African American art and literature. Experiences in this house include tastings from guest chefs.

A stately North Beverly Georgian Revival with a warm and welcoming traditional appeal carried through from the original home into a stunning two-story addition. Be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” as every room features styles and decorating that make it special: the gorgeous fireplace in the sunken living room, the elegant dining room with its faux painting; the spacious master suite with walk in closet and spa bath, the comfortable family room that opens into a three-season room; even the cozy TV-room for two! Experiences at this house include beverage tastings on the deck.

A special feature of the Home Tour is the Longwood Drive historic home once owned by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International, the global organization dedicated to taking action on some of the world’s most persistent issues. The house is currently undergoing a cellar-to-rooftop restoration by Rotary, bringing it back to what it was like when Harris lived there in the 1940s. Members of the Rotary Club will act as guides, offering insights into the home’s fascinating history and its amazing transformation back in time. Experiences include a candy tasting.

Home Tour attendees will get a chance to walk through each of these outstanding sites for an up-close look at the details of design, decorating, art collections and lifestyle that make each of them a unique example of gracious living in Beverly/Morgan Park – the Village in the City.

Many thanks to Home Tour sponsors including Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, County Fair Foods, PRS professional real estate services, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Benjamin Moore Paint, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Solution 3 Graphics, Pacor Mortgage, Green Apple Cleaning, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, The Beverly Review, Smith Village, Horse Thief Hollow, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Sweet Freaks, The Blossom Boys, Steuber Florist & Greenhouse, RMH Interiors + Design, The Music Scene, Nine-One-One BBQ Shack and Chef Alvin Green.

For more than four decades, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour has been opening the doors to some of the neighborhood’s most remarkable private residences. Home Tour tickets are $30 in advance and available at Steuber Florist, 2654 W. 111th St., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St., Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Wood St., and County Fair, 10800 S. Western (cash or checks only) or online at The price increases to $35 on the day of the tour. Home Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m.

Information about the BAPA Home Expo and or Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour contact BAPA, 773-233-3100 or,

Runners Beat Heat for a Great Ridge Run

Despite record high temperatures, more than 2000 runners participated in the 10K, 5K run, 5K walk, 10K-5K Challenge and Youth Mile on Memorial Day morning, and everyone received a finisher’s medal, and the top three winners in each age group in the 10K and 5K run received an additional award. The 5K walk and Youth Mile are not timed.

Leaderboard winners and their finish times are:

10K men –  1st, Eric Hofmann, 35:42; 2nd, Anthony Truman, 35:50; and 3rd, Dave Janet, 36:57.

10K women – 1st Erin Heenan, 36:11; 2nd, Emily Gleason, 40:16; and 3rd, Cecilia Light, 42:24.

10K wheelchair – 1st, Mary Kate Callahan, 34:44

5K man – 1st, Matthew Olech, 16:56; 2nd, Jake Christiansen, 17:04; and 3rd, Kyle Hauser, 17:21.

5K women – 1st, Eleanor Odom, 21:55; 2nd, Jessica Dorgan, 22:54; and 3rd, Kaila Konecki, 23:10.

5K wheelchair – 1st,Mary Kate Callahan, 18:48.

Challenge men – 1st, Anthony Truman, 54:11; 2nd, Dave Janet, 56:23; and 3rd, Kevin Malloy, 1:02:42.

Challenge women – 1st, Callista Stefaniak, 1:16:55; 2nd, Marnie Milakovich, 1:17:00; and 3rd, Molly McInerney, 1:17:22.


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Neighborhood Notes – March 2018

Free Business Counseling at BAPA. Local business owners are encouraged to take advantage of expert advice from counselors from SCORE and the Far South Community Development Corporation. Mentors from these organizations meet with clients at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St.  SCORE business mentor Mark Jaswanthkumar is available by appointment on Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m., to help entrepreneurs learn more about business start-up, finding funding, expanding their current businesses, managing cash flow and marketing. Mentoring is free and offered by appointment only. Make appointments at Florence Hardy and Kathryn Jackson of the Far South Community Development Corporation (FSCDC) make appointments to help small businesses with business accounting and business plans on the second Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon. Far South counselors are experts at connecting businesses with resources and services for current and prospective business owners. To schedule an appointment, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.

Call for Artists. Chicagoland artists are invited to apply for the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival to be held Sat., June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. A $20 application fee is required and will be used toward the $85 booth fee for artists who are accepted into the juried fair. Space is limited. The application deadline is Apr. 15. Eligible fine art media include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, leather crafts, textiles, jewelry, and art glass. The art fair is being coordinated by the Ridge Park Advisory Council and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association through the Chicago Park District Partners in Art program. Information/applications at

Teacher in the Library Homework Help. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers are available at local libraries to assist students with homework and learning strategies. Help is offered on a drop in basis and days/times vary by location. Contact local libraries for details: Beverly Branch, 1962. W. 111th St., 312-747-9673, and Walker Branch, 11071 S. Hoyne, 312-747-1920.

Light House Wellness Events. Light House Yoga & Wellness, 11240 S. Western, 2nd floor, will host Living Your Life with Passion, Balance & Grace, a women’s workshop with life coach Bridget Rourke, Sun., Mar. 4, 3 p.m.; Goddess Yoga for Women with Erin Kelly, Wed., Mar. 14, 7 p.m.; and Sound Healing: Live Music, Restorative Yoga & Aromatherapy with Brendan McAlinden and Erin Kelly, Sun., Mar. 18m 3 p.m. Information and registration:

Spring Writing Classes. Registration is open for spring classes at Chicago Writers Studio, 1917 W. 103rd Street, Ste #5. Classes include Life Stories with Grace Kuikman, Blogging 101 with Camille Acker and Getting Started Writing Fiction with Cole Lavalais begin the first week of March. Info/registration at

Chicago, Collected Exhibit at BAC. Chicago, Collected, an exhibit of specimens, artifacts, and scientific presentations from The Field Museum, will open with a reception Sun., Mar. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., and continue through Sat., Mar. 31 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  Through this innovative collaboration, visitors can discover fossils, animals, plants, and other real objects from the museum’s collection, all showcasing the incredible natural world right here in Chicago. On select dates, scientists from the Field will present their research, answer questions, and show off special items from the Museum. Info: 773-445-3838 or

Early Voting. 19th Ward residents can vote early for the Illinois primary election Mar. 5 through 19 at Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Sat., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. On Mon., Mar. 19, voting will remain open until 7 p.m. People can register to vote and vote at the same time during early voting; two forms of accepted identification will be required. People who wish to vote by mail can find forms at the 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western or online at; a mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Mar. 20 to be counted. Early voting is available at the Chicago Board of Elections, 16 W. Adams St.

After School Matters Spring Programs for Teens. After School Matters is now accepting teen applications for the spring program session that features more than 400 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM at nearly 150 locations throughout the city. Teens can search and apply online at Application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs and a full Spanish translation on a mobile-friendly platform. Questions: 312-742-4182 or

Beverly Bank Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures through Beverly Bank offers a variety of programs and activities at area Wintrust bank locations. This month: Can You Hear Me? a discussion on recognizing the signs of hearing loss, Tues., Mar. 6, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., free/members, $5/non-members; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Thurs., Mar. 15, Drury Lane Theatre, $99/members, $109/non-members includes lunch; Mollie’s War, a presentation of the role of women in the military with a focus on WACS in WWII, Tues., Mar. 20, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park;  Good Mood Food, a presentation from the Little Company of Mary Hospital CHEER program, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10 am., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members; and Safe Use of Medications, presented by a doctor from Little Company of Mary Hospital, Wed., Mar. 28, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members. Info, program registration and membership details: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

LSC Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Mar. 6, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m. Room 203, 10354 S. Charles St., 773-535-2625; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Mar. 20, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Mar. 21, 7 to 9 p.m. School Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550; and Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Tues., Mar. 27, 3:45 p.m. St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. 773-535-2671.

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites neighbors who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to attend a free memory care support group Tues., Mar. 6, 6:30 p.m. The floor will be open for a Q&A session with caregivers able to ask about sundowning, the disease’s progress and what certain behaviors mean. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

Open Mic Night. Irish folk musicians — some from the well-known Dyed in the Wool band — are expected to perform during Open Mic Night, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience. Free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. Info about attending, 773-474-7300 (ask for Meghan Maple).

CAPS Meetings. Beat 2221, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; Beat 2213, Thurs., Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Mar. 14, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Area residents are encouraged to get involved with 22nd District CAPS activities. Info: 312-745-0620.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. “Keeping It Real,’ a burglary prevention seminar for residents of the 19th Ward, will be presented Tues., Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Convicted criminals will discuss how to protect yuourself rom becoming a crime victim. Information will be available from the police. Free. Info:

Saturday Drawing Class. Registration is w open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, beginning Mar. 10 at 10 a.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Jim McGreal will teach the basics of drawing, cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). The class limited to 15 students. Registration:

19th Ward Business Breakfast. The 19th Ward Business Breakfast for business owners will be held Wed., Mar. 7, 8:30 a.m., La Fiesta Restaurant, 3333 W. 111th St. Information and resources from the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection will be available and representatives from the Chicago Police Department 22nd District will also be present.  Anyone operating a business in the 19th Ward is encouraged to attend and learn more about efforts to support the local economy in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood.  For information, contact the 19th Ward Office, 773-238-8766.  Co-hosts are BAPA, the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, 95th Street Business Association and Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association.

One Earth Film Festival Screening. “What Lies Upstream,” a documentary by Cullen Hoback that reveals how the quality of drinking water is impacted by how companies and the government circumvent public health policies and the lax enforcement of laws that protect the environment, will be screened at Wed., Mar. 7, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., as part of the 7th annual One Earth Film Festival. The 2018 theme is “This is the Moment,” and the BAC is one of 47 Chicago area venues that will be screening films about environmental issues and hosting discussions on how people can get involved in protecting the environment. Admission: $6 ($5 for BAC members). Festival info:

BACinema Special Screening. “Rogers Park” (2017), an official selection in the Chicago International Film Festival, will be screened Thurs., Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. In Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood, four intertwined lives begin to buckle under midlife pressures in this thought provoking drama. Filmmaker Kyle Henry will conduct a Q&A with audience following the screening. Tickets: $6 ($5/BAC members). Info, tickets and movie trailer at

Shamrock Skate. The Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar 10, 4:45 to 6:05 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Admission: adults and teens, $5; age 12 and under, $4; age 60+, $2. Skate rental is $3.

Children’s Programs at Beverly Library. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., hosts the following free programs for children this month: Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., including stories, songs, activities and crafts; Irish Tales for all ages, Wed., Mar. 14, 4 to 5 p.m., featuring stories, songs, dance and treats; and Sew & Tell, in which participants will create a Celtic knot-inspired hand-stitched block, Sat., Mar. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required; call 312-747-9673.

SXU Spring Internship and Job Fair.  Seeking an internship, part-time or full-time job? Need help navigating the job market? Saint Xavier University (SXU) will host the 2018 Spring Internship and Job Fair Fri., Mar. 16, 12 to 3 p.m., SXU Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public. Employers will recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Attendees are advised to dress professionally and bring many copies of their resumes. Find a  full list of employers at, keyword: job fair. Info: 773-298-3131.

Troop 609 Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 invites area residents to the annual Pancake Breakfast Sat., Mar. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Morgan Park Baptist Church basement, 11024 S. Bell Ave. Enjoy pancakes and more: $4 for adults and teens, $2 for ages 5to 10, and free for preschoolers. Carry outs available.

Math Know How Boot Camp. Math Know How Boot Camp offers an eight-week workshop Mar. 20 through May 17 at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Students will be participant in grade level groups, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: grades 3 and 4, on Tues., grades 5 and 6 on Wed., and grades 7 and 8 on Thurs.  Fee: $450 per student. Info: 773-590-0096 or email

SXU Community Health Fair. Free health screenings, assessments and information are available at the 15th Annual Community Health Fair, Fri., Mar. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saint Xavier University, Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. The fair, which is free and open to the public, is a “one-stop shop” for free health services that include free screenings and assessments for blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density, hearing and vision, injuries, stress, body mass index, spinal cord. The fair also includes free chair massages; 15-minute chair yoga classes every hour starting at 9 a.m.; demonstrations about child and adult CPR, first aid, exercise demonstrations, and free screenings; a scavenger hunt, a children’s activity corner, and face painting; and a wide range of vendors. Info: 773-298-3592.

Utility Bill Clinic. Representatives from the Citizens Ulility Board (CUB) will help area residents spot ways to reduce their uillity bills at a clnic, Mon., Mar. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western. Residents should bring copies of their bills for review. Free. Reservations required: Anairis Boror, 312-263-4282 ext. 111.

Amplified Phone Testing. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities will provide phone testing for people who have trouble hearing on the phone Wed., Mar. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. Illinois has a free amplified phone program that may be able to help people with hearing loss; to qualify you must no longer be able to use a standard telephone. Participants must bring copy of latest landline and/or cell phone bill, must have Bluetooth on their cell phone, must have proof of residency, and must have pre-paid phone service verification. Info about the program at RSVP for testing is required at 773-445-8128.

East Beverly Town Hall Meeting. A 19th Ward Town Hall meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 28, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl. Representatives from various government agencies will be present to address concerns and share information. The meeting is being sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, BAPA, Vanderpoel Improvement Association and East Beverly Association.

Registration Open at Dance Gallery. Registration is now open for the spring session of dance classes for children and adults at the Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Classes are offered for beginners through advanced levels in several dance disciplines, and are taught by a professional dance faculty. Info: 773-445-8910 or

Jesus ‘Jewishness’ Seminar. Lois Tverberg, author of “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” will present a seminar on the topic Jesus, Our Rabbi, and Lord Sun., Apr. 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Bethany Union Church of Chicago, 1750 W. 103rd St. The seminar will look at how Jesus’s first-century Jewish context sheds light on his ministry and messianic claims. Free. Info/RSVP: 773-779-0123 or

Save the date: City of Chicago citywide clean and green spring clean-up, Sat., April 21.

Holiday Happenings and Santa Sightings

Get in the holiday spirit with these local events! 

Holiday Stroll. Mount Greenwood Holiday Stroll, Fri., Dec. 1, 4 to 7 p.m., participating businesses on 111th Street between Sacramento and Pulaski. The family-friendly event is sponsored by the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association and features special offers, visits with life reindeer and holiday characters, music, raffles and more. Info: 773-881-0622 or

Holiday Musical Theater for Kids. Chicago Kids Company presents “Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Musical,” a one-hour musical geared to children ages 2 to 10, selected dates Dec. 1 through Dec. 23.  Mrs. Claus and the Elf Class of 2017 scramble to find Santa’s list in time to save Christmas. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. $12 (group rates available). Tickets and information: 773-205-9600 or

Breakfast with Santa at the Castle. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with Santa Sat., Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to noon, Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Don’t forget to bring your camera! $5 per person. Info: 773-233-7080.

Castle Christmas Tree Sale. Buy your fresh and fragrant Fraser or douglas firs, 5 to 10 feet tall. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 3. Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church parking lot, 103rd and Seeley. Your purchase helps support the Castle.

Pictures with Santa. Santa is stopping by Beverly Bank, 10258 S. Western, Sat., Dec. 2, 1 to 3 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas wishes and take pictures.

Uprising Craft Holiday Market. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host the 2nd annual Uprising Craft Holiday Market Sun., Dec. 3, 12 to 5 p.m., Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western. More than 40 makers and artisans from Illinois and surrounding states will offer a variety of unique, handmade items ranging from stationary and candles, to jewelry and holiday decorations. Crème of the Crop food truck — a Beverly Art Walk favorite — and Coco’s Tamales will offer tasty treats and Ruta Spenser, DJ at St. Xavier University’s WXAV radio station, will spin not-your-average holiday tunes. List of vendors/info:

Party With Santa. Christmas Party meet and greet with Santa, Sun., Dec. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Barney Callaghan’s, 10618 S. Western.

Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The 15th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented Sun., Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. The performance features soloists, a mass choir and orchestra conducted by Charles T. Hayes, and is presented as a beautiful start to the advent season. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children under age 10. Proceeds benefit Morgan Park Presbyterian Church and the church music program. Info/tickets: 773-779-3355.

Christmas Concert. The Southwest Symphony Orchestra along with St. Georges Children’s and Adult Choirs, and Oak Lawn Voices of the Valley present “ Holiday Destination at St. George,” featuring holiday classics, a hand bell choir and a carol festival sing along, Sun., Dec. 3, 4 p.m., St. George Church , 6707 175th St., Tinley Park. Adults and seniors, $20; students, $7; children under age 10, free. Tickets/info: or 708-802-0686

Holiday Tea. Saint Xavier University (SXU), 3700 W. 103rd St., cordially invites area residents to Holiday Tea, Thurs., Dec. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Warde Academic Center Butler Reception Room. Admission is $20 and includes assorted finger sandwiches, scones with whipped butter and sweets, a variety of teas, coffee or perhaps a glass of wine. Entertainment will be provided by violinist Miriam-Rose LeDuc. All are welcome the noon liturgy in McDonough Chapel prior to the tea. Register online,, keyword: Christmas or 773-298-3316.

Beverly Neighborhood Choir Concert. Chicago Children’s Choir Beverly Neighborhood Choir will perform in a Target Community Concert alongside DiMention and select Voice of Chicago singers in an evening that captures the variety of the Chicago Children’s Choir’s program and repertoire, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Kroc Center Chicago, 1250 W. 119th St. Reservations: or 312-849-8300.

Holiday Market. Businesses on Walden Parkway, Wood Street and 99th Street will celebrate the season at a Holiday Market, Thurs., Dec. 14, 6 to 10 p.m. Shop and visit at Beverly Barre, Capsule Chicago, B Sides Coffee + Tea, Cakewalk Chicago, Sweet Freaks, Tranquility Salon and more. Enjoy live music, drinks, desserts, locally sourced products and lots more.

‘A Wonderful Life.’ BAC Professional Theatre, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Fri., Dec. 8 and Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 15 and Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m.  $22 ($20 for Beverly Arts Center members).  The classic story of George Bailey on a fateful Christmas Eve unfolds as a live 1940s radio broadcast in a family-friendly performance. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Christmas Open House. Dance Gallery Chicago, 10628 S. Western, hosts a Christmas Open House, Sat. Dec. 9, 4 to 6 p.m. Dancers will enchant visitors and passersby in The Nutcracker Windows, starting at 4:30. The event also features student performances and a visit from Santa. Info: 773-445-8910 or

Skate With Santa. Family and friends are invited to enjoy the holiday spirit, skating with Santa to holiday music on Sun., Dec. 10, 3:30 to 4:50 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Event includes cookie decorating in the Winter Wonderland area, and a Blackhawks ticket raffle benefitting Special Olympics Chicago. Admission: Adults/teens, $5, children age 12 and under, $4, seniors, $2. Skate rental: $3.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Naughty or Nice,” Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Members of the chorus must choose which list they’ll be on, and there are a lot of naughty and nice musical choices. $28. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Dodge Ball Tournament. Register by Dec. 18 for Ald. Matt O’Shea’s Holiday Dodge Ball Tournament for 19th Ward elementary school students, Dec. 26 and 27, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Players will be grouped randomly and assigned teams. $1 per player. Register at Info: 773-238-8766.

BACinema Screens ‘White Christmas.’ Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (1954), Wed., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. In this holiday classic a song-and-dance duo (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. $6 ($5 for Beverly Arts Center members). Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

Christmas Jazz Concert. Sure to delight young and old alike, catch Lowdown Brass Band at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., Fri., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. The all-ages event is a free and will feature Christmas classics and carol singing accompanied by the powerful funky jazz of Lowdown Brass which brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone.  A freewill offering will be taken during the performance. Info:

19th Ward Children’s Film Festival. The 19th Ward Youth Foundation presents the 8th annual Children’s Film Festival Thurs., Dec. 28, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. “Despicable Me 3” will be screened at 10 a.m. and “The Nut Job 2” will be screened at 2 p.m. Admission is $1 per person per show, first come, first served, and includes the movie and snacks. Adult chaperones appreciated.

Holidazed and Confused. The Second City presents “Holidazed and Confused,” a hilariously irreverent comedy revue of the holidays, Sat., Dec. 30, 8 p.m. $25 ($23 for Beverly Arts Center members). Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Info: 773-445-3838,

New Year’s Eve Party at Noon. 19th Ward seniors are invited to the New Year’s at Noon Party, Sun., Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. The cost is $5, which includes a fried chicken lunch. Reservations are required: 773-238-8766. The event is sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, Smith Village, CHAS and KFC Beverly.

Fresh Produce and Lots More at 95th Street Farmers Market

The 95th Street Farmers Market is open every Sunday through October, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the commuter lot on 95th and Longwood Dr. The market hosts a variety of vendors selling produce, plants, baked goods, cheeses, organic foods, prepared foods and artisan products.  This season’s vendors are Urban Canopy, C&D Farms, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Stamper Cheese, Breadman Baking Co., Not Just Cookies, Down to Earth Beverly, Madsen Farms, Blankenship Farms, Twin Garden Farms, Noffke Farms, Gotta B Crepes, Sunflower, The Eating Well, Pollo Locuas taco cart, Beverly Bakery, Fountain BBQ, Coco’s Tamales and Southtown Health Foods.

Each week a local organization is featured in the Community Tent, and entertainment and other activities are scheduled, 10 a.m. to noon. Features this month are music by Dave Waterman on Sept. 3; music by Mark Taylor and Beverly Art Walk in the community tent on Sept, 10; music by The Beverly All Stars, face painting, and Vanderpoel Improvement Association in the community tent on Sept. 17; and music by Joel Barr and Straight From The Go in the community tent on Sept. 24. On Sun., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. the new community mural, donated by the Beverly Arts Center through the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will be dedicated.

Weekly highlights and vendor information are available on the 95th Street Farmers Market Facebook page.

Organized by the 95th Street Business Association, the market is sponsored by Beverly Bank & Trust, Pacor Mortgage Corp., BAPA, Ald. Matt O’Shea, Southtown Health Food, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation.

For information, contact Erin Ross, Executive Director, 95th Street Business Association,

Free Family Fun Nights Start June 8

Make a date with your kids for Family Fun Nights, Thursdays, June 8, 15. 22 and 29, 5:30 to 7p.m., across from the Metra Station adjacent to the Beverly Bank parking lot, 1908 W. 103rd St.

Every week a different theme will be celebrated with special guests, activities, music, fun and food. Little Company of Mary Hospital will be handing out giveaways to the kids and doctors will be available to talk about family health.

On June 8, Miss Jamie’s Farm will hold a Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown with songs and activities sure to appeal to all her barnyard buddies. Jamie performs at parties around Chicagoland, and is a favorite among kids and their parents.

The DJ John from Beverly Records will be playing the tunes for a Dance Party on June 15.

The June 22 event features No Business Like Show Business, a performance by the Storybox Improv Theater. Actors will create a story from an audience suggestion in this imaginative and fully improvised show.

On June 29, families will join in the official Summer Kick-Off Party! Music and lots of fun activities are in store as we celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year.

Each week Pedalheads will be offering tips on bike safety and more, and Calabria Imports will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a good time!

Family Fun Nights are co-sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), Little Company of Mary Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine/Comer Children’s Hospital, Beverly Bank and Trust, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Calabria Imports, People’s Gas and Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen.

Family Fun Nights will be presented as planned, weather permitting.

Free Family Fun Nights Start June 8

Make a date with your kids for Family Fun Nights, Thursdays, June 8, 15. 22 and 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., across from the Metra Station adjacent to the Beverly Bank parking lot, 1908 W. 103rd St.

Every week a different theme will be celebrated with special guests, activities, music, fun and food. Little Company of Mary Hospital will be handing out giveaways to the kids and doctors will be available to talk about family health.

For Choose Kind Week, on June 8 will feature Miss Jamie’s Farm celebrating the Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown with songs and activities sure to appeal to all her barnyard buddies. Jamie has been performing at parties in Chicagoland since 2013, and is a favorite among kids and their parents.

The Beverly Records DJ will be playing the tunes for a Dance Party on June 15.

The June 22 event features a performance by the Storybox Improv Theater who will generate a story from an from audience suggestion in this imaginative and fully improvised show.

On June 29, families will join in the official Summer Kick-Off Party! Music and lots of fun activities are in store as we celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year.

Each week will Calabria Imports will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a good time!

Family Fun Nights are co-sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), Little Company of Mary Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine/Comer Children’s Hospital, Beverly Bank and Trust, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Calabria Imports, People’s Gas and Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen.

The events will be presented as planned, weather permitting.

Neighborhood Notes

BAPA, 19th Ward Examine Temporary Home Rentals. In response to a shooting incident that occurred the early morning hours of Jan. 1, the 19th Ward Office and BAPA are examining whether restrictions should be placed on local properties being used for online temporary home rentals. The property connected to where the incident occurred had been rented by an event promoter for a party; it has been permanently removed from the home rental platform. We remain concerned about the potential impact of short term online home rentals in our community. The City of Chicago’s ordinance regulating online home rentals includes a provision allowing residents an option to vote to restrict such rentals in individual precincts. BAPA and the 19th Ward office are examining information about this process. Residents interested in learning more can contact BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland, 773-233-3100 or

Never Go Without Supply Drive and Fundraiser. The 3rd annual supply drive for Never Go Without, a grassroots initiative designed to help supply women and girls in need with pads, tampons and incontinence supplies, continues this month and culminates with an awareness- and fund-raiser on Mar. 25. Drop off feminine care product donations during business hours at Bellē Up, 1915 W 103rd St., and Beverly Area Planning Association, 1987 W 111th St. The Mar. 25 event will be held at Chicago Party Animals Loft Venue, 1133 W. Fulton Market, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Tickets: Info: or Lynette Rhymes, 773-881-0256.

Beverly Montessori School Open House. Beverly Montessori School, 9916 S. Walden Pwky., will host its annual open house Sun., Mar. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children and parents are welcome to tour the school, speak with staff, and explore Montessori classrooms and materials. Beverly Montessori School has been providing authentic Montessori education for 50 years. Programs include half-day and full-day preschool and kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-olds. All teachers are Montessori certified in Early Childhood. Info: 773-239-7635 or

Smith Village Hosts Open Mic Nights. Singers, musicians, comedians and “closet hams” are welcomed to entertain an appreciative audience during Smith Village’s open mic nights on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 to 10 p.m. in Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The next open mic is scheduled for Mar. 7. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The first open mic night in February drew neighborhood talent as well as musicians and folk singers from as far as Mokena and Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. And Smith Village resident Loretta Coogan earned lots of laughs with her “good clean puns.” Other entertainers included Sharon Quigley of Beverly/Morgan Park who played guitar, Jackie Techmanski of Oak Lawn who sang Johnny Cash favorites, Ray Adams of Beverly/Morgan Park who performed George Benson hits on guitar, and Laura Amaro of Beverly/Morgan Park who sang and played guitar. To sign up an act, contact Debbie Parks, who assembles the talent, at or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call 773-474-7300 and ask for Meghan Maple.

Platinum Adventures Club Outings. Join the Platinum Adventures Club of Beverly Bank & Trust for this month’s programs: A visit to the Irish American Heritage Center and lunch at Gale Street Inn, Wed., Mar. 8, departing at 10 a.m.; “Loves Labor Lost,” Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, Wed., Mar. 15, departing at 11:15 a.m., and Chicago Flower & Garden Show with lunch at Navy Pier, Thurs., Mar. 23, departing at 9:30 a.m. Buses depart from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Campbell. Costs vary. Info/reservations: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

Seniors’ St. Pat’s Party. The 19th Ward Senior Citizen Saint Patrick’s Day Party will held Wed., Mar. 8, 12 to 2 p.m., 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. $5 admission includes family style lunch and live music. Cash bar. Open to 19th Ward residents only; reservations required: 773-2388766 or

Put Your Best Fork Forward. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites friends and neighbors to the annual health fair Thurs., Mar. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The life plan community sponsors this free event to share with neighbors the same wealth of health expertise available to its residents, including food demos and samples; National Nutrition Month giveaways; information about healthy snacking and recipes; free blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing; information on coping with dementia; and flu shots. Info: Christina O’Neil, 773-474-7300.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. Keeping it Real, a burglary prevention seminar, will be presented Thurs., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The seminar features real criminals sharing their inside information on what makes homes vulnerable to break-ins and how to better protect your home and property. Questions?

Running Excels Challenge. Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, has a new fun challenge for neighborhood runners.  Anyone who runs the 6 mile loop 25 times will earn a shirt; 50 and 75 times will earn prizes; and 100 times will earn a party in their honor. Group runs are open to people of all paces and abilities and are held Saturday, 7 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., meeting at 103rd and Western.  Participants do not have to run the entire 6 miles. Info

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 will host the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser Sat., Mar. 11, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Morgan Park Baptist Church, 11024 S. Bell Ave.

Shamrock Skate. The 19th Ward Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar. 11, 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Adults and teens 13 to 17, $5; school age children, 12 and under, $4; seniors, age 60 and up, $2. Skate rental, $3.

Nonviolence Conflict Resolution. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will partner with Beverly Unitarian Church and the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training to present an afternoon of education and discussion on Martin Luther King’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation on Sat., Mar. 11. SCDC meets regularly on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room; next meeting Apr.5. Info:

Register Now for Saturday Art Classes. Registration is open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, spring session that begins Mar. 11, 10 a.m., Vanderpoel Art Gallery, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Taught by Jim McGreal, the class covers the basics of drawing, in addition to cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). Class limited to 15 students. Registration:

Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships. Effective communication is the best tool for a family to use to successfully navigate stressors, and often the most underutilized.  Yulinda Rahman, LCPC will lead “Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships,” Sat., Mar. 11, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor.  The interactive workshop will teach about establishing healthy boundaries and creating self-care systems as a means of managing stress and maintaining healthy relationships within the family.  $10.  Info/registration:

Apply Now for Master Gardener Program. The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Chicago is accepting applications for the autumn 2017 training now through Apr. 1. Interested candidates may apply at Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 72 hours of training and volunteer at least 60 hours at approved sites within one year of their training. Info: Latasha Reggans, University of Illinois Extension, 773-233-2900 Ext. 207.

Beverly Wedding Expo. Couples who are planning their wedding are invited to meet with caterers, florists, bakers, photographers, musicians, invitation designers and more at the Beverly Wedding Expo, Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beverly Arts Center. 2407 W. 111th St. More than 50 vendors will offer samples and information on the latest wedding trends. Admission: $10 per person or $15 per couple at

Spirit of the Natural World.  Art & Linda’s Wildflowers present Capturing the Spirit of the Natural World, Sun., Mar. 19, 2 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave.  Learn tips and tricks of the trade. Q and A follows presentation. $5 RHS members, $10 non-members. Info: 773-881-1675 or

Downsizing Workshop at Mercy Circle. Ric Roemer of Creative Homes Services, who has helped more than 250 seniors move from their family homes and into senior living communities, will host presentations on downsizing during the open house at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The main thing we do is help people sort through their things and decide what options work for them when down-sizing,” Roemer said. “Learning about different ways to manage and get rid of too much stuff is an important first step in working towards a better, easier, maintenance-free living situation.” During the open house, prospective residents and their families will meet Mercy Circle staff and learn more about only faith-based retirement community in the area.    Mercy Circle offers spacious residences at all levels of care, along with thoughtful amenities, life enrichment programs and social and friendship opportunities. To schedule a seat reservation for the free seminar, get more information or setup a private appointment, call 773-253-3600.

19th Ward Town Hall Meeting. Representatives from government agencies will be part of a discussion of community events and to answer questions and concerns, Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

League of Women Voters Meeting.  League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., 9822 S. Hoyne Ave, to discuss public education. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or

SXU Hosts Economic Summit. Under a Trump presidency, will the U.S. economy soar or crash with his policies? Is our economy ready for higher interest rates? Should investors run for the hills in fear of 1930s style protectionist policies that could damage global trade? Learn the answers to these pressing questions and more at the 3rd Annual Economic Summit presented by a team of economists from Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham School of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and hosted by Graham School of Management Fri., Mar. 24, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Metropolitan Club, East Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Info: Nicholas J. Mancari, 773-298-3603 or

Community Painting Party. The Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) will host a community painting party for ages 7 and up, Sat., Apr. 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The painting session will be conducted by local artist Sandy Washington. The painting party includes tours of the Vanderpoel Art Gallery, a collection of 19th and 20th century fine art located in the field house.\The $15 fee includes a small canvas and painting supplies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at Info: Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or

Rourke Joins Staff at McAuley High School. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Peggy Rourke has joined Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School as director of alumnae relations and development. Rourke brings nine years of fundraising experience to her role. Most recently she served as the director of development for Beacon Therapeutic and Diagnostic Treatment Center, where she successfully increased donor revenue for its annual holiday event from $30,000 to $100,000. She also was responsible for developing a junior board of young executives and implementing the annual Beacon Bash to raise money for homeless kids.  As the operator of her own fitness company, Rourke develops and leads fitness classes for children and adults. Rourke will spearhead fundraising and recruiting within the Mother McAuley and Saint Xavier Academy alumnae community.


Neighborhood Notes

See and Ski the Dan Ryan Woods. The Beverly Improvement Association (BIA), Cook County Forest Preserve District and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea invite neighborhood residents to enjoy cross country skiing and snow-shoeing in the Dan Ryan Woods on Sunday afternoons in the winter when there is sufficient snow. Skiers meet at 1 p.m., Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S. Western Ave., where owner Paul Weise will serve hot chocolate. Cross-country skis, boots, and poles are available to rent from Beverly Bike and Ski for $15 for the day and $25 for the weekend. Snowshoes are available for the same rental fee. There is no charge to participate in this event — you own the woods and they are yours to use.

Garbage Collection Changes. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has changed to garbage collection to Monday for the following routes: 87th to 95th Streets, Charles Street to Western Avenue; 95th to 99th Streets, Charles Street to Western Avenue; 99th Street to 100th Place, Charles Street to Longwood Drive; and 100th Place to 103rd Street, Prospect Avenue to Longwood Drive. For households that receive curbside collection, the bi-weekly recycling pick-up will also change to Mondays. If your recycling is picked up in the alley, your collection day may change or fluctuate so leave your blue cart in the alley at all times to ensure collection. Questions: 19th Ward Office, (773)238-8766 or

LCMH President/CEO Appointed to Hospital Association Board. Dennis Reilly, President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, has been appointed to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association 2017 Board of Trustees. The Board is the policymaking body for the association, which represents more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems across Illinois. Reilly held several positions with LCMH over the course of his 40+ years of service. In 1996, he was appointed the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, a role in which he served until his promotion to President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in 2001. Reilly has served on the Board of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council for 12 years, including two years as Board chairperson.

Beware of Scams. Residents of the 22nd District should be aware of possible ruse burglary and home repair scams. Offenders typically ring the victim’s doorbell, offering to perform home repairs or saying they are from a utility company, and claiming that they need to enter the house. Once inside, the offender will attempt to divert the homeowner’s attention so that another offender can enter the residence to steal money, jewelry and others small items. Practice these safety tips: Do not open the door for or let unfamiliar people into your home unless you have requested a service. Contact your utility company to confirm technicians are scheduled to work in your neighborhood. Ask to see identification from anyone claiming to represent a city agency or utility company. Write down vehicle information and suspect description for any suspicious people. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

SCDC Winter Activities and Meetings. Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will partner with Southsiders For Peace on a potluck dinner and screening/discussion of “13th,” about the history of the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery but also established a pattern of mass incarceration of African-Americans and other people of color which still influences the justice system in the present day, Sat., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. On Fri., Feb. 24, the SCDC adult book club will discuss “The South Side” by Natalie Y. Moore, time and location TBA. Copies of the book are at The Bookie’s, 2419 W. 103rd St. (mention SCDC when purchasing). SCDC will partner with Beverly Unitarian Church and the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training to present an afternoon of education and discussion on Martin Luther King’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation on Sat., Mar. 11. SCDC meets regularly on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room; next meeting Mar. 1. Info:

St. Barnabas Parish Honors First Responders. Recognizing the critical roles first responders play in our community and society, St. Barnabas Parish will honor firefighters, police officers and paramedics/EMTs at a special Mass Sun., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at the church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr. Chicago Police Department Chaplain, Fr. Dan Brandt will celebrate the mass, which is an opportunity for parishioners and community members to thank first responders and pray for their health and safety. First responders from municipal, county, state and federal public safety departments are invited to participate in uniform and to participate in the gathering procession. Info: Kitty Ryan, 773-779-1166 x. 226 or

Save Time on Appointments. Little Company of Mary Hospital makes it easy to schedule sports physicals online at the Care Stations on 95th Street in Oak Lawn. Click to go directly to Schedule ONLINE

SWMPCA Meeting. The Southwest Morgan Park Civic Association (SWMPCA) will hold its quarterly general meeting Tues., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Peterson Hal, St. Walter Church, 117th and Oakley. All residents of the area bounded by 119th and 111th Streets, Western to Metra tracks are invited to attend and get involved.

Ridge Beverly Baseball & Girls Softball Sign-Up. Registration is open for Ridge Beverly Baseball & Girls Softball for ages 4 to 13. Season runs April through June. Cost ranges from $115 to $150 per player based on league level (family discounts). Register by Feb. 28 Questions

Be a Vanderpoel Gallery Docent. The Vanderpoel Art Association invites area residents to become volunteer art gallery docents. The gallery is located at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Info: Irene Testa, 773-840-3098.

Mindful Stress Management. “Stress Management and Mindfulness,” a workshop on how mindfulness can improve our relationships and sense of well-being led by psychotherapist Patricia Harthun, will be held Sat., Feb. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. The workshop will offer the opportunity to practice mindfulness techniques and suggestions for how to incorporate them into real life.  $10, payable at time of registration through Info: 773-310-3488.

February at Bethany Union Church. Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., welcomes the community to participate in events and programs this month. Boy Scout Troop 607 and Cub Scout Pack 3607 will participate in Boy Scout Sunday at the worship service, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m.; the Sip N Stitch craft class project for Sat., Feb. 18, 12 to 2 p.m., is From the Heart and registration is at; and Lent will be ushered in with a Mardi Gras celebration following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Sun., Feb. 26 –  call the church to make a reservation, 773-779-0123. Ongoing classes: Praise & Sweat Zumba, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.,; and voice, piano and hand bell classes, Mon. through Fri.,

New Church Hosts Meet & Greet. Imago Dei, a new church forming in Beverly/Morgan Park, will host a meet and greet Sun., Feb. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., in the atrium at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Anyone interested in learning more about the integrated, multi-ethnic church is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments and meet the launch team. Imago Dei hopes to experience God in a meaningful way, learn the relevance of the bible, and serve the community. Info/RSVP: 773-609-3135 or

Register Now for Platinum Adventures Events. Beverly Bank & Trust Platinum Adventures will host several fun and interesting activities: Chicago Maritime Museum & National Hellenic Museum, Thurs., Feb. 16, departing 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Artesian; Dueling Pianos at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, Ill., Mon., Feb. 20, departing at 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy; actor Terry Lynch portrays White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger in a performance on the 1,000 days of President John F. Kennedy, Wed., Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Oak Lawn Bank & Trust, 5300 W. 95th St.; an evening of Irish music, Sat., Mar. 4, 7 p.m., Dorothy Menker Theater, Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy.; and a visit to the Irish American Heritage Center, Wed., Mar. 8, departing at 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy. For details, fees and registration, contact Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

Renaissance Academy Presents ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.’ The Renaissance Academy presents the Farrell Forum presentation, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Thurs., Feb. 16, 11 a.m., Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St.  Admission is free and open to the public. Join bestselling author and speaker Rochelle Pennington to learn about the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. Audience members will experience the story from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcast and from the shipwreck’s discovery to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

South Side Irish Run to the Pub. Run to the Pub – a training group that couples running with visiting area pubs – kicks off a six-week training for local St. Patrick’s Day races, Thurs., Feb, 16 at Cullinan’s Stadium Club. The group will meet at a different Irish Pub each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Following the run everyone will receive a free beer and a long sleeve tech T-shirt at end of series. Bars include Clancy’s Pub, Oak Lawn; Blarney Stone, Oak Forest; Durbins, Tinley Park; BJ McMahons, Oak Lawn and Irish Patriot, Orland Park. Info/registration:

American English in Concert. American English will recreate the phenomenon of The Beatles from the early years through the psychedelic era Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., BaffesTheater, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. $25 ($23 BAC members). 773-445-3838 or

Winter Farmers Market. The Green Sanctuary Group at Beverly Unitarian Church will host its annual Winter Farmers Market Sat., Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. The market will feature local, organically grown vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and apples, as well as soup mixes, cheese, veggie burgers, cheesecake, frozen yogurt, ice cream and baked goods. Local singer Anna Stange will perform. The event is sponsored by Faith in Place and helps small, local farmers extend their income beyond the growing season. For information or to volunteer, contact Fran Sowa, 708-229-0390,, or visit

Mercy Circle hosts Open House.  Mercy Circle, 3659 West 99th St., will host an open house and tours Sun., Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event provides a chance for prospective residents and their families to meet Mercy Circle staff and learn about the advantages of the newest retirement community in the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served and complimentary parking is available by entering the lot from 99th Street.

Author Discusses New Book About ‘The Castle’.  On Sun., Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., author Errol Magidson will discuss “Chicago’s Only Castle: The Book,”  a new book about the landmark at 103rd and Longwood Drive known to some as the Irish Castle, and to others as Givins’ Castle.  Magidson, who did the comprehensive documentary on the building and its fascinating “keepers,” will give his program at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley, and present new and interesting information uncovered since the film debuted in 2011. The program is free; light refreshments will be served. Info: 773-881-1675 or

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., 1721 W. 104th Place, to discuss, the city of Chicago budget.  The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues.  Public welcome.  Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or

Squeaky Weal Lecture Topic is Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is today’s tragic form of slavery and a devastating reality for many people around the world. Religious Sisters are among the leaders in efforts to raise awareness, rescue victims, and eliminate this abuse in the world. Sister Jeanne Christensen, RSM, will serve as the keynote speaker to address the topic of ending human trafficking at the Squeaky Weal Lecture series Thurs., Feb. 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Warde Academic Center Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public. Info: 773- 298-3809.

BAPA Discount for Hustle Up the Hancock. The first 50 BAPA members and Ridge Run runners to register for the 20th Anniversary Hustle Up the Hancock will receive an exclusive $25 registration discount. The Respiratory Health Association’s world class stair climb will be held Sun., Feb. 26, raising funds to support clean air and people living with lung diseases. Spots are available for the full climb of 94 stories or the half climb of 52 stories at the John Hancock Center downtown. Use coupon code BAPAHUSTLE for registration

Beer & Food Pairing Dinner. Private Chef Alvin Green will partner with the Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 S. Olde Western Ave., to host a night of great beer, food and music Sat., Feb. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. Each of the five courses in the gourmet meal will be paired with a craft brew, including dessert. Music will be provided by the Molly Rose Combo. $60 per person; limited spots. Must be 21 or older. Reservations:

A Women’s History of HIV/AIDS. In Plain Sight, History Moves’ mobile exhibition created in cooperation with Women;s Interagency HIV Study Chicago (WIHS), opens with a reception Sun., Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. and continues through Apr. 16, Jack Simmerling Gallery, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibition shows that women living with HIV have moved from the margins of what was once a deadly epidemic to become survivors and history-makers.

South Side Irish Parade Film Fest 2017. The South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and tBeverly Arts Center will present the South Side Irish Parade Film Fest 2017, Sat., Mar. 4 at the BAC, 2407 W. 111th St. New this year is a matinee screening. The fest includes a traditional Irish music reception and post party featuring live Irish-American music, dancing, raffles and a cash bar. Info and tickets: 773-445-3838 or

Calling All Veterans! On Sat., July 15, the Chicago Park District, Road Home Project @ Rush University, and Ald. Matt O’Shea will host a Veteran’s Softball Tournament and Family Fest at Beverly Park. They are currently looking for any veterans who might be interested in volunteering to promote this event or recruit players and teams. On Thurs., Mar. 2, 7 p.m., there will be a brief meeting at Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, to discuss the event. All area veterans are invited to attend; lite food and drink will be provided. If you are interested in helping out, but cannot attend this meeting, e-mail


BAC Dedicates Simmerling Gallery

By Grace Kuikman

Almost everyone in Beverly/Morgan Park is familiar with the work of the late Jack Simmerling. Seeing one of his paintings or drawings on the wall makes us feel at home wherever we are. Simmerling was so much more than a local artist, he was a friend and a neighbor, one of the people who truly shaped the character of our community.

For his many contributions to the culture of our neighborhood and in recognition of his body of work that is known and appreciated internationally, the main art gallery at the Beverly Arts Center will be officially dedicated as the Jack Simmerling Gallery at the opening reception of the 40th annual Beverly Art Competition, Sat., Nov. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. A special exhibit of Simmerling’s works on loan from area residents will also open that night.

The dedication of the gallery in honor of Simmerling is a gift from the family of Ed and Lori McGunn.

Simmerling’s permanent and prominent place at the Beverly Arts Center, and the announcement of this honor at the Beverly Arts Competition opening, are especially fitting because of the artist’s commitment to the advancement of both of these institutions.

“It’s important that we connect around the memory and spirit of Jack Simmerling at the Beverly Arts Center,” said Lori McGunn. “The Jack Simmerling Gallery will be a reminder of how important he was and how his work is so relatable, so much a part of our community.”

At the time that the original Beverly Arts Center was being built, Simmerling founded The Heritage Gallery and, with his wife Margie, moved their young family into the Blackwelder House, a tumbled down mansion on Prospect Avenue that they lovingly restored and transformed into a gallery of art, history and architecture. The Heritage Gallery was a hub for original art inspired by Simmerling’s love for art of architecture. Clients from the neighborhood and around the city – then around the world — responded to the artist’s skill in capturing the life infused by history into the beauty of brick and mortar.

Simmerling’s artistic talent first appeared when he was just three. His parents, Ester and John Simmerling Sr., nurtured the gift, which Simmerling crafted throughout his 77 years.

As a teenager – when most of his peers were focused on sock hops and drive-in movies — Simmerling worked on crews that were razing the amazing mansions once owned by Chicago’s leading families – Marshal Field, George Pullman, Philip Armour and others. Appalled and heartbroken by the disregard for the craftsmanship and architectural detail being callously scrapped, Simmerling began to salvage what he could and document in drawings and paintings what he couldn’t save. Simmerling’s paintings and drawings of the lost mansions are a true legacy for Chicago.

Simmerling attended the University of Notre Dame where he honed his skill as an artist. A year after graduation, he and Margie were married.

As the Simmerlings raised their family and worked on their historic home (and opened if for several BAPA Home Tours, including the very first), they became neighborhood treasures. Jack Simmerling’s gallery and reputation grew, and his love for Beverly/Morgan Park was reflected in every brushstroke.

The 40th Annual Beverly Art Competition exhibit will remain open at the BAC through Jan. 8. Jurors for the exhibit are Judie Anderson and Raymond A. Thomas, and reviewers are Fran Guichard, James Jankowiak, Christopher Jarred Jernigan, Dan McCabe.

The BAC partnered with Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago, South Side Community Art Center in Bronzeville, Diasporal Rhythms Art Collectors Group and Clissold Elementary School on the art competition. Competition sponsors are Beverly Bank & Trust Co., Chicago Community Trust and the Reva and David Logan Foundation.



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