Critical Community Conversations 


It has been a tough 2020 for everyone, prompting difficult question for our community and our countr. This month, Imago Dei Church will host three Critical Conversations for Beverly/Morgan Park, presenting a diverse panel of neighborhood leaders discussing a variety of viewpoints. The 90-minute discussions will be held on Wednesdays, starting promptly at 7 p.m., Imago Dei Church, 10511 S. Oakley, south wing.  

Discussion topics are: How is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting our families, work, community and faith, Oct. 7; Do we really have to choose between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, Oct. 14; and How do we overcome the massive challenges that are schools are facing, Oct. 21. 

Each Critical Conversation will be led by a panel of community leaders and will be facilitated by a pastor from Imago Dei Church. Panelists include Matt O’Shea, 19th Ward Alderman, Mary Jo Viero, Executive Director of BAPA, Shanya Gray of Moms of Beverly, Tom Baffes, President of County Fair Foods, and Officer Kurrin Beamon, Chicago Police Department 22nd District, among others. 

All Beverly/Morgan Park residents are invited to respectfully engage in the conversations which will be open to different viewpoints including Christian faith perspectives.  

The conversations are meant to help people think through tough questions, deepen our sense of community and provide a biblical perspective on the common challenges people are facing.  

Social distancing and masks required; for people who prefer remaining at home, the conversations will be streamed on Facebook Live 

For more information, contact Tom Kubiak, 773-609-313Register on Eventbrite, join the conversation remotely, go to Facebook at During the conversations only, questions can be texted to 773-312-3396.  




September Neighborhood Notes

High School 101: Free Parent Seminar. Families in the 19th Ward have a lot of choices when it comes to high schools, and parents of 6th, 7th and 8th graders need to begin the search now for the right high school for their kids. On Thurs., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Ald. Matt O’Shea and BAPA will host High School 101, a free Zoom seminar, to help guide parents through the process. A representative from CPS will explain the process of applying to selective enrollment schools, and principals from Chicago High School from Agricultural Sciences and Morgan Park High School will answer questions about their schools. To register visit  

LSC Meetings. Call the school or visit their website for information on in-person or virtual Local School Council meetings. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690,;  Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Sept. 3 and Oct. 1, 6 p.m., 773-535-2590,; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2580,; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Sept. 16, 6 p.m., 773-535-2550,; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625, Barnard.CPS.eduand Clissold School LSC, Mon., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 773-535-2560,  

95th Street Farmers Market. The 95th Street Farmers Market continues on Sundays through Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot at 95th and Longwood Dr. The first hour is reserved for seniors and people with compromised immune systems. Vendors include C&D Farms, Lafevor Farms and Greenhouses, Stamper Cheese Co., John Bailey Honey, Coco’s Tamales, Breadman Baking Co., Piscasaw Gardens, Emmy & J’s Dips; AndySunflower Café, Lizzie’s Baked Goods and Noffke Family Farms. Masks and social distancing required. Find details at 95th Street Farmers Market on Facebook.  

Wellness Series. Beverly Therapists offers a virtual wellness series on the second Saturday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m. Upcoming topics are For Teens: The Road 2 Adulthood, Sept. 12; Historical Trauma and LGBTQIA Elders, Oct. 10; For Couples: Shifting Communication Patterns, Nov. 14; and Sending Yourself Love, Dec. 12. $10 per session. Info and registration, or 773-310-3488. 

Edna White Garden Fall Events. Edna White Garden, 1805 W. Monterey, hosts fitness classes, live music and more in one of the community’s most beautiful settings. Coming up this fall are Bee Day, Make Your Own Scarecrow, too sharpening and outdoor movies. The Garden is the starting point for the Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk, Sun., Sept. 13, starting at 11 a.m., and visitors can enjoy music and home grown vendors as they tour this special place. Social distancing and masks required. More info on Facebook at Edna White Gardens.  

Fore the Macs Fundraiser. Mother McAuley High School is holding the Fore the Macs Golf Raffle to replace its annual golf outing. The raffle will raise funds for the Tradition of Excellence Scholarship.  Winners will receive a chance to golf at one of the area’s most prestigious golf courses; there will be nine winners (one for each course)Tickets are $100 each or 6 for $500; purchase deadline is Sept. 10. Info and tickets: Peggy Rourke, 773-881-6547 or 

19th Ward Document Shredding. Bring documents that are loose and free of staples or binders to free document shredding Sat., Sept. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski.  

Fall Fun at City Grange. City Grange, 1818 W. 99th St., reopens Sept. 2, unveiling the new café and introducing socially distanced fall fun dinner and movie on Fridays, Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 2, and a pumpkin giveaway and carving contest sponsored by the 19th Ward on Sat., Oct. 10. Now is the time to schedule fall containers and holiday decorating. Info:  

Exhibit Extended. Women’s Work, a group show featuring outstanding original works, has been extended to Sept. 20 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Gallery hours: Mondays, 4 to 8 p.m., Tues. through Fri., 4 to 6 p.m.   Artists are Widad Albassam, Lori Bartman, Malika Jackson, Christine Liz LaRue, Dawn Liddicoatt, Charlotte Mays, Mary Cat Tepper, Tran Tran and Cheryl Williamson.  

19th Ward Prescription Take Back. Turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal, Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. PulaskiOnly legal medications from private households accepted; no liquids.   

19th Ward Blood Drive. The 19th Ward will hist a blood Drive. Sat., Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brother Rice High School10001 S. Pulaski, north gym. Appointments are strongly encouraged; (use the code CSOL). 


Top Tips for a Successful Job Search  

By Kristin Boza 

As the country faces an economic downturn for an unknown period of time, finding the perfect job becomes even more competitive. Beverly/Morgan Park resident Megan Connolly, Principal and Senior Consultant with Mercer, LLC in their employee listening practice, recently conducted a webinar, “The Psychology of Finding a New Job,” in partnership with BAPA to help job seekers refine their pitch and strengthen their ability to sell themselves.  

The art of business psychology is to think about the human challenges of the workplace and how to solve them through the science of people, according to Connolly. These tips are at the heart of her philosophy to ensure job searchers are presenting their strengths so hiring managers are seeing their potential in a role. 


Megan Connolly’s Tips for a Productive Job Search 

  1. Put Yourself in the Hiring Manger’s Mindset. Hiring managers are thinking about what skill set and strengths they need, and job searchersmust actively promote how they will fulfill those needs. Apply for roles where you know you can demonstrate the skills and strengths needed to solve the hiring manager’s challenges.  
  2. Show You Will be a Success on Day One.Ahiring manager is creating a role to help their business solve a problem or challenge. Be the solution! Consider the challenges the business is facing and demonstrate how the role you want will solve it. 
  3. Create a Strong Elevator Pitch. Develop a three-to-four sentence summary of who you are, what strengths and skills you are bringing to the role, and how you have been successful in the past. Place this summary at the top of your resume and LinkedIn profile. Hiring managerswill instantly understand how you can help them solve their business challenges. Don’t wait for a hiring manager to read your entire resume; instead, be upfront so you don’t end up in the “no” pile.
  4. Focus Your Search. Without focus, you risk applying for lots of opportunities without putting in the effort to demonstrate you thought about this business’s specific challenges and how you can solve them. If you don’t do this work for the hiring manager, it’s guaranteed that someone else will.
  5. Be Social and Vocal. Tell everyone you know about your job search and practice giving your elevator pitch. You never know where the next opportunity will come from.
  6. Improve Your Mindset. There is nothing about a job search to be embarrassed about. You are doing everything you can to improve yourself and advance your goals, and that’s something to be proud of!
  7. Be Polished.Make sure your resume is free from typos or grammatical errors, and be very aware of what you put on social media. When being interviewed virtually, be sure your background is tidy and orderly. These cues show the world that you are a conscientious candidate. 
  8. Make the Job Hunt Your Job. Set goals each day to improve your knowledge about your field. Read articles, participate in conversations, write a blog, and demonstrate that you’regrowingas a professional while job searching. Take some sort of job search-related action every day and be disciplined. Achieving these goals are a little victory each day to keep you resilient and confident.