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By Brittany Wiley, BAPA Business Liaison

Customer Service in the Time of Coronavirus

Small business owners in Beverly/Morgan Park are thrilled (yet cautious) about reopening. A few of them share their plans with The Villager.

Belle Up: Safety is in Style

Belle Up, 1915 W 103rd St., is Beverly/Morgan Park’s source for stylish maternity apparel and chic contemporary clothing.  Owner Jamenda McCoy is committed to continuing a high level of customer service through the store reopening.  By taking appointments during the week, McCoy is assuring her customers a better experience.  This allows them to be “diligent about capacities and sanitization,” said McCoy.  “We want even immune-compromised and women in high-risk categories to feel comfortable” coming into the store.  Each surface is sanitized between visits, including any clothing that has been tried on, as well as the fitting rooms.  Customers sanitize upon entry and everyone must wear masks.  Belle Up is also still offering free local deliveries and curbside pickup.  They go Live on Facebook and Instagram weekly where customers can link to the website or DM to shop.  Even if you can’t make it into the physical location, you can still easily snag a summer dress or some elevated loungewear for the home office.  Shop online at belleup.com or follow them on Instagram and Facebook @belleup.  Bricks-and-mortar hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment or walk-ins during open spots) and Sat., 12 to 5 p.m. (walk-ins welcome).

Horse Thief Hollow: Crafted Outdoor Dining

The restaurant business model has been constantly changing through the pandemic and Neil Byers has transitioned his business to continue serving our community in any way he can.  Horse Thief Hollow Brewery, 10426 S. Western, served us through the stay-at-home mandate by offering takeout and delivery options for food and craft brews.  Once the new regulations were announced, their work began on an outdoor seating area.  The semi-permanent space on the south side of the building is being designed to create ambience and atmosphere for patrons, all while supporting local artists and businesses.  A fence will enclose the space lined with custom planters by PM Creations and filled with blooms by Olivia’s Garden.  Local artists are covering the asphalt with new murals and updating the current wall artwork.  Patrons will sit along picnic tables and enjoy their beer while chatting at whiskey barrel high tops and listening to music through a new outdoor speaker system.   Every part of the project is well thought-out, with both support to local vendors and customer experience in mind.  Get up there and enjoy a Little Wing by making a reservation for one of their limited indoor seats or on the patio beginning in early July.  www.horsethiefbrewing.com 773-779-2739

 

Everything’s Relative: Luxurious Safety

Joan Each Rowan, owner of Everything’s Relative – Beverly, got ahead of the curve during her closure.  She set out to make her salon beautifully safe and functional through the pandemic.  The salon, located at 10548 S Western, has a new tagline “Safety is the new luxury.”  Glass partitions framed with aluminum now stand between shampoo bowls and stations, which are disinfected between clients.  Hand sanitizing stations and masks are available for every guest.  They will continue to limit the number of people inside while offering haircuts, color, styling and foot treatments.  To book an appointment with one of their talented stylists, visit everythingsrelativesalon.com or call 773-941-6565.

 

 

 

 

Pick Yourself Up: AndySunflower Cafe

Andrea “Andy” Robinson is the owner of AndySunflower Café, which sits inside of Ain’t She Sweet Café at 9920 S Western.  Andy believes “coffee and great conversation is what matters mos.” Although she has had to limit her customer contact as of late, she looks forward to being able to open her bar to two seats spaced to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  Andy will continue to serve her coffee and specialty creations for curbside pickup as well, with a delivery option coming in the near future.  Through the midst of the coronavirus, her ideas (and coffee) didn’t stop flowing.  She is working on some exciting new projects to expand her business: a whole bean coffee subscription and new apparel for the store.  Order a foamy cappuccino or a refreshing Peach Mint Iced Tea online at andysunflowercafe.com or by phone 312-961-3171. Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.to 2 p.m.

 

 

Beverly Records: Vinyl Goes Virtual

Vinyl still lives in this 53 year old record shop owned by the Dreznes family and located at 11612 S. Western.  After being forced to close their physical doors until non-essential retail was able to reopen, Jack Dreznes and his son John decided to take their business virtual.  They launched their live shopping events on Apr. 7. After the success and surprising amount of fun they had, they followed with two more virtual events. John explained that although they had an online platform to sell through, they “missed customer interaction, so using Facebook Live was a great way to get some of that interaction back.”  Their doors are back open now, but they will continue to do their live events. Follow them on Facebook @BeverlyRecordsChicago to hang out, have a beer with the Dreznes’ and buy some rare vinyl at their next Live home shopping event.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Update

As we all keep our social distance it’s more important than ever that we are a community of neighbors helping neighbors: check on one another, follow the common-sense rules for keeping yourself and others safe, and remember to support local businesses. Thank you to all medical people, first responders and others who are staying on the job to make sure our country keeps running. BAPA will keep sharing community information and updates in The Villager, in our weekly enews, on social media and at www.bapa.org.

 BAPA staff is currently working from home and can be reached via email: Mary Jo Viero, Executive Director, mjviero@bapa.org; Grace Kuikman, Assistant Director and Villager editor, gkuikman@bapa.org; Brittany Wiley, Business Liaison, bwiley@bapa.org; Cathriona Fey, Community Outreach and Improvement, cfey@bapa.org; Tina Jenkins Bell, School Liaison, tbell@bapa.org; Gary Jenkins, Community Safety Liaison, gjenkins@bapa.org; and Talie Leeb, office manager, tleeb@bapa.org.  

BAPA Cares Resources

Now more than ever, businesses and community residents need access to resources that will help them weather the pandemic financially, physically and emotionally. The new BAPA Cares resources website provides links to a wide variety of local, city, state and federal programs that can provide the kind of help you need. Click here to connect. https://bapa.org/bapa-covid-19-response/

Ways to Help

Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., needs donations of money and dry goods to meet increased emergency needs for people in 60643 and 60655. Needed are boxed cereal, canned chicken, tuna and salmon, bottled water and juice, pancake mix and pasta, as well as cleaning and hygiene products such as soap, disposable face masks, sanitizing wipes and diapers. Monetary donations also needed to purchase food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository; place cash and checks made out to Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry in sealed envelopes. Info: 773-239-3013 or Karen Overstreet kkeoverstreet@aol.com

19th Ward Office staff and volunteers continue fundraising, organizing and delivering meals that are prepared by local restaurants for first responders, medical personnel and seniors. Support this ongoing effort through the GoFundMe https://www.19thwardmobile.com/gofundme/

Turpin Cares is collecting food, hygiene products and donations to help homeless people and others in need in nearly communities. Find out what they need and how to donate www.turpincares.org/donate

Get details and sign up for the Meal Train https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/ok62yl?fbclid=IwAR2FI6-PzvxYQz-ZrDLwtdXpCMfgcWJ3aaPuKYvzYeqkoCqACeOtLY5HLtM providing meals for OSF Little Company of Mary ICU, Emergency Room and Nursing Staff.

Quilters Trunk, 10352 S. Western, and 19th Ward Office are providing fabric to make face masks for medical personnel and first responders. Here is how it works:  Find plastic bags with 4 pieces of fabric (enough for 8 masks) in the blue tub that is being placed at The Quilter’s Trunk front door; make masks with two different fabrics (inside and outside); place completed masks back in the plastic bag and return them to the blue tub.  Questions? info@thequilterstrunk.com

At Beverly Bakery, 10528 S Western, the little food pantry in the front hall is open for those in need, accepting donations and giving food away, weekdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Beverly Bakery is also taking orders for carryout food weekdays until 1 p.m. Info: 773-238-5580.

Ways to Stay Healthy

Find teletherapy opportunities locally and learn about staying mentally healthy in The Villager

Telehealth services for those at risk of COVID-19 are available through OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center for people who show COVID-19 symptoms or are at a high risk for contracting the virus, but do not require emergency or inpatient care. To seek care through the program, call 833-673-5669. OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary also offers expert advice on staying well during the pandemic, including a live chat. Click here to access the website

Beverly Yoga Center is offering classes online through their website

Barre it All Fitness offers online classes at www.barreitallfitness.com  and click “on demand access” to sign up.

Do Good Movement, daily yoga for adults and children at thedogoodmovement.com.

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy offers a “virtual studio” option, Pilates and fitness classes 7 days a week, and physical therapy and telehealth appointments. Registration/info

Beverly Barre offers live Instagram workouts; get details at www.facebook.com/beverlybarrechicago/.

Treadfit is posting workout challenges on Facebook, www.facebook.com/treadfitbeverly/.

Things to Do At a Distance

The Great Connections Beverly Discussion Group is now online to read and discuss excerpts from classic texts with powerful relevance to modern life. To join, RSVP Felicia@thegreatconnections.org. Questions? Email Felicia or call 773-677-6418.

Chicago Public Schools remote learning continues. Visit your child’s school website, cps.edu/remotelearning and https://cps.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/Remote-Learning-Guidance-for-Parents.pdf .

Edna White Community Garden and Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be planting gardens to supply fresh produce to the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. Keep up on the details and learn how to volunteer at the Edna White Garden Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/221301244573122/

Chicago Public Library tutoring and homework assistance through Brainfuse, 2 to 11 p.m. A valid library card may be necessary to access services. Visit https://www.chipublib.org/faq/covid-19-closure/?_ga=2.132876046.1049224494.1586298026-405817805.1550598832#covid-19-closure

The Chicago Police Department has compiled a list of Internet Safety tips for parents and school aged youth https://home.chicagopolice.org/about/specialized-units/special-investigations-unit-siu/internet-safety/

Community Resources

The City of Chicago has a created a Coronavirus Response Center website to provide residents with access to the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html)social&utm_campaign=osf_covid19&fbclid=IwAR3gtSzDv1_mP4BoIGabuou5zEbhv9d_8V1Ch7xO1jB4z8Xtu6RX3gsBoc0

19th Ward Service Offices, 773-238-8766 or ward19@cityofchicago.org.

Get COVID-19 updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health at Chicago.gov.

Eat, Drink and Shop Local

Our restaurants and stores need your business! Purchase gift certificates, order carryout meals from restaurants, shop online. Dollars spent helping our business neighbors helps our community stay strong. BAPA is updating local business info www.bapa.org. If you have a business update, email info to Brittany Wiley, BAPA Business Liaison, bwiley@bapa.org.

Food and Drink

For many of the following businesses, details about their hours and offerings are available on their Facebook pages.

County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western, is open from 7 to 8 a.m. for senior shoppers only; all others can shop after 8. Countyfairfoods.net.

Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., is now limiting 10 customers at a time in the store. Curbside pickup and juice bar orders accepted via phone, 773-233-1856.

Markland Hubbard Gourmet Provisions, 1739 W. 99th St., 773-233-0632, is selling coffee by the cup or by the pound, as well as some pastries and gourmet packaged foods from Stonewall Kitchen and Frontier Soups. More about Markland Hubbard http://marklandhubbardgourmetprovisions.com/

 Ain’t She Sweet Café, Beverly, 773-840-3309. Carryout & Delivery through GrubHub.  Details https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aint-She-Sweet-Cafe/403602009999677

AndySunflower Café, 312-961-3171. Mobile, drive-up orders. Andysunflowercafe.com.

 Bani’s Beets, 773-599-9764. Curbside pickup and delivery.

Nine One One BBQ Shack, 773-238-9111. No-contact curbside delivery.

Americanos, 773-941-6787. No-contact curbside delivery and margaritas-to-go.

Original Rainbow Cone, 773-238-7075. Carry-out or delivery.

Waldo Cooney’s Pizza, 773-233-9781. Delivery.

Pizzeria Deepo, 773-840-3087. Curbside pick-up.

Horse Thief Hollow, 773-779-2739. Curbside pick-up Tues. through Sat., 4 to 9 p.m. New carryout menu. Horsethiefbrewing.com.

 Nicky’s Grill, 773-233-3072. Carryout & delivery. Nickysgrillandyogurt.com.

 Fox’s Beverly Pub, 773-239-3212. Carryout & delivery.

 Franconello, 773-881-4100. Curbside pickup and delivery.

Beverly Bakery and Café, 773-238-5580. Pick-up and delivery, until 1 p.m.

Calabria Imports, 773-396-5800. Curbside pickup and delivery, Mon through Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manzo’s Burger was temporarily closed; check in at 773-779-5945 or manzosburger.com

Swanson’s Deli, 2414 W. 103rd St., 773-239-1197, is open for pickup and delivery, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon. through Fri., and is now offering meal kits along with regular menu and take home meals.

Open Outcry Brewing Co., 773-629-6055. Curbside pick-up and delivery. https://www.facebook.com/openoutcrybrewing/

 Two Mile Coffee Bar, 773-614-8115. Order over the phone for pick up (assistance available on request).

Ken’s on Western, 773-238-0234: Free delivery and curbside pick-up, 4 to 8 p.m.; daily specials in addition to the regular menu.

Top Notch, 773-445-7218. Carryout.

 Hearty Café, 773-881-1000 carry outs; delivery via Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub.

 Lume’s Pancake House, 773-233-2323.  Curbside pickup, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Barracos 95th Street, 773-881-4040. Area locations open 24 hours for carryout and delivery.   https://www.facebook.com/BarracosPizza/

Business Services

SCORE mentor Kevin Scanlan is offering free virtual mentoring.  See Kevin’s profile here.  For more information, email bwiley@bapa.org.

Support Local Businesses

Despite closures, businesses owners are staying connected with customers. Check out these options.

 Brach’s Auto Center, 10333 S. Western, provides all repair services with free vehicle pickup and drop off, no contact dropbox, and vehicle sanitization after service. Info: 773-238-0606 or https://www.brachsautocenter.com/

 Beverly Records, 773-779-0066. Shop via Facetime appointments.

 Turkey Chicago, 773-941-4751. Shop online or via social media.

 Belle Up, 773- 233-2442. Shop online or via social media.

Bookie’s – Chicago.  Shop online including digital and audio books. Bookiesbookstores.com.

Tranquility Salon.  Shop online. Tranquilitysalonco.shop.

Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western, opens Sat., May 2, 10 to 4 p.m., limit of 12 customers at a time for social distancing. Details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10224390245330844&set=gm.1894135247383272&type=3&theater

City Grange Beverly will be opening May 9 at 1818 W. 99th Street, using social distancing with customers and delivery  Find more info on Facebook  or the website 

Running Excels, 773-629-8587. Curbside pickup and delivery within a 5 mile radius; regular store hours open. Details  https://www.facebook.com/RunningExcels/

C&D Family Farms offers products from some of the favorite vendors from the 95th Street Farmers Market on their website https://farmersfreshdelivery.com/. The opening of the market has been postponed until further notice, but items ordered through C&D will be delivered to Beverly/Morgan Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the 95th Street Farmers Market Facebook https://www.facebook.com/95thstreetmarket/ for updates.

 

Worship

Beverly Unitarian Church is offering worship services via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyUnitarian/ on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. followed by Zoom coffee hour chat. Archived services are available on the church’s YouTube page).

Trinity United Methodist Church, offering services at http://www.chicagotrinityumc.org and church Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-UMC-of-Beverly-149497191741709/, Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Morgan Park Presbyterian Church is offering video streaming and phone-in worship. Details https://morganparkpres.org/health/?fbclid=IwAR0AbkjqyBI1GSULQHkQ3Jj72styLK2n6545_3UZTVo8CiNlvps-W0-giO4

Eat, Drink and Shop Local

Responding to the coronavirus requires us to maintain a safe distance – not what we’re used to in our close-knit, sociable community. Even from home we can work together to make it through these unprecedented times and stay informed on what is changing and what is needed. Below is a list of Beverly/Morgan Park restaurants offering carry outs & delivery and businesses offering special ways to shop. 

For many of the following businesses, details about their hours and offerings are available on their websites or Facebook pages.

County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western, is open from 7 to 8 a.m. for senior shoppers only; all others can shop after 8. Countyfairfoods.net.

Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., is open. Reach them on Facebook or at southtownhealthfoods.com. Offering groceries as well as a variety of beauty and healthcare products.

 

Ain’t She Sweet Café, Beverly, 773-840-3309. Carryout and delivery through Grubhub. Details

Beverly Bakery & Café, 773-238-5580. Carryout and Delivery. 7am-2pm Weekdays, 7am-1pm Weekends. Details

Barney Callaghan’s Pub -773.233.6829 – open 3pm – 7pm for curbside beer pickup.  $15 domestic cases, $25 import cases.

Horse Thief Hollow, 773-779-2739. Carryout and free local delivery Tuesday-Sunday 4PM-9PM, 25% off Crowlers on Tuesdays, merchandise available for purchase. Details

Open Outcry Brewing Co., 773-629-6055. daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., delivery or curbside pickup. Order 32-oz Crowler cans, kitchen menus items, gift certificates and merchandise. Credit card only.  Details

Swanson’s Deli, 773.239.1197 – open for pickup and delivery 10am – 3pm.  Now offering meal kits along with regular menu and take home meals. Details.

Pizzeria Deepo, 773-840-3087. Carryouts, curbside pickup. Details

Nine One One BBQ Shack, 773-238-9111. No-contact curbside delivery. Carryout. Facebook page 

Top Notch, 773-445-7218. Carryout.

Barracos 95th Street, 773-881-4040. Area locations open 24 hours for carryout and delivery.  Details https://www.facebook.com/BarracosPizza/

AndySunflower Cafe: 9920 S. Western Ave. Accepting mobile, drive-up orders. Details

Manzo’s Burger – 773.779.5945 – open for curbside pickup and delivery – For delivery orders please text your order and address to 773-349-0453. We will be delivering from 95th st. to 127th st. from Pulaski to Ashland  Details

Nicky’s Grill, 773-233-3072. Carry out and delivery. Details and menu

Ken’s on Western, 773-238-0234. Free delivery within 2 miles or curbside pick-up, 4 to 9 p.m. Details

Calabria Imports, 773-396-5800. carry out or delivery. Details

Fox’s Beverly Pub, 773-239-3212. Carryout and delivery, lunch and dinner. Details

Americano’s, 773-941-6787. 11060 S. Western Ave. No-contact curbside delivery and Margaritas-To-Go! Details

Franconello, 773-881-4100.  Curbside pickup and delivery, heat and serve meals and sauces. Wine Delivery Details

Bani’s Beets, 773- 599-9764. Curbside pick up and delivery. Details

Hearty Café, 773-881-1000 carry outs; delivery via Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub. Details

Two Mile Coffee Bar, 773-614-8115. Available for carry out. Place an order over the phone or through mobile ordering system for rapid pick up. Curbside assistance available upon request. Details

Pizzeria Deepo, 773-840-3087. Pay and order over the phone for curbside pick-up. Details

Retail Specials

Beverly Records, 773-779-0066. Shop via Facetime appointments or in store. Details

Running Excels, 773-629-8587. Shop by phone or by FB messenger. Curbside pickup contactless payment and free delivery within a 5 mile radius. Details 

Turkey Chicago. Shop online or via social media.  Details

Belle Up, 773- 233-2442. Shop online or via social media.  Details

Bookie’s – Chicago is open for shopping online including digital and audio books.

Steuber Florist 773.238.2013 – taking orders 10am-2pm Monday-Friday

Brach’s Auto – 773.238.0606 – All services available, FREE vehicle pickup and drop off, no contact dropbox, vehicle sanitization after service

 

Businesses Temporarily Closed

Beverly Arts Center 

Ohana Ice & Treats

Original Pancake House, 773-445-6100

Capsule Chicago

Starbucks 103rd and Longwood Drive

Health and Fitness

Do Good Movement: Daily adult and children yoga. Details

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy: Posting daily workout challenges on Facebook: Details

Beverly Barre: Live Instagram workouts: Details 

Beverly Yoga Center: Online classes available: Details

Treadfit: Posting workout challenges on Facebook, Details

Barre It All Fitness, (872) 256-1397, 8-10 online live classes a day Sunday-Monday. For details and a free week visit us Here and click “free trial.”

Fit Code: Unlimited Virtual Training Sessions for 21 days with a donation of your choice. 70% of the donation used to buy gift cards from local businesses and 30% goes to trainers at Fit Code. Details

Dance Gallery 773.445.8910 Streaming workouts and dance classes on Facebook Details

 

Mental Health

Beverly Therapists – 773.310.3488 – offering teletherapy

Begin Within Therapy– offering teletherapy

Mirjam Quinn & Associates – offering teletherapy

C&D Family Farms has made arrangements with a few 95th Street farmers market vendors to distribute their products on their website. Coming soon at cdfamilyfarms.com will be products from Honey and Jam, Feed Your Head vegan meats, Long Table pancake mixes and bread from Breadman Baking.

Eat, Drink and Shop Local

Our restaurants and stores need your business! Purchase gift certificates, order carryout meals from restaurants, shop online. Dollars spent helping our business neighbors helps our community stay strong. BAPA is updating local business info on this page. If you have a business update, please email info to Brittany Wiley, BAPA Business Liaison, bwiley@bapa.org.

Infographic with 25 ways to support small businesses

 

 

Crashes, Stories and Scars: Conine Ready to Ride in Beverly Hills Cycling Classic

By Grace Kuikman

When the riders in the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic line up for the Masters’ race on Fri., July 19, Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Dr. Brandon Conine will be making his debut in criterium racing. How does Conine manage to switch gears from his demanding job as an Emergency Room physician at Metro South Hospital and busy family man and father of two to a demanding training schedule for an elite cycling event that draws rides from around the globe?

It seems like he’s as adaptable as he is hardworking.

Conine and his wife, Maura Conine, owner of Capsule Chicago clothing store on Walden Parkway, have two sons, Liam, 5, who just finished kindergarten at St. Barnabas and will start 1st grade at Sutherland in the fall, and Jude, 3, who will be enrolling in preschool in the fall.

The whole family bikes, just for fun and to get to neighborhood destinations like Maura’s store and out to dinner. But Brandon has taken riding to a higher level – that level is known as Cat 3.

Race categories are set by USA Cycling determine the events for which competitors qualify. The lower the category the higher the qualification. The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic stages Cat 1, 2, 3 races — the highest levels.

Conine started out riding for enjoyable exercise toward the end medical school. “The Tour de France or something like it must have been going on because I thought I’d like to give [cycling] a try.”

When he moved to Ohio for a four-year residency in Emergency Room Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, Conine found friends to bike with and started on his way to becoming an avid rider. He and Maura, who grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park, moved to Chicago four years ago. Following the move, Conine changed his focus from cycling as a sociable form of exercise to training for and competing in races.  He has competed in more than 100 racing events. “It’s a lot of fun if you’re doing it well,” he said with a smile.

Motivated by the change in the race course for BAPA’s Beverly Hills Cycling Classic last year that now brings the racers zooming past his house, Conine decided to work hard to meet one of his goals: to qualify as a Cat 3 rider and participate in the Classic.

The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is the first of ten days of racing in the Prairie State Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup. Conine not only qualified as Cat 3 rider for the local race, he qualified to compete in the omnium — all ten days of the race series.

Criterium road races like the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic are lapped races done on closed circuits that range from one to two miles – the local race is 1.54 kilometers, slightly under a mile. Conine will be racing in the Masters’ race, starting at 5:45 p.m. and lasting 40 minutes. At times, he will be riding at 30 to 35 mph on straightaways, and even faster going down the hill.

He expects a crowd of family, neighbors and friends to be cheering him on from his front yard.

In order to be ready to compete on July 19, Conine has been training about 10 to 12 hours a week since March, fitting in his riding around his work and home schedules. He has been practicing on the local route, up and down the hills, and making the sharp turns that will be required in the race which could attract more than 100 professional and elite amateur riders.

The speed at which these steely-nerved competitors are riding is stunning when you’re standing on the sidelines feeling the breeze as they go by in a blur of brightly colored jerseys. Isn’t that scary? Conine says no. “It’s scarier to go slower than faster,” he said, explaining that the faster the cyclists are going, the better the momentum keeps the bikes straight and upright. In his racing experience, Conine has crossed handlebars with another speeding bike and managed to get free without consequence. “Of course, there have been plenty of crashes, stories and scars to get this far,” he said.

Conine has competed in road racing, cyclocross (including the races at Dan Ryan Woods) and a little mountain biking. His competition history includes a 110 mile race at 10,000 feet elevation in Colorado and a 105 mile race on all gravel roads in the middle of Kansas.

Competing in the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is a thrilling new challenge. “The best part of this ride is that it’s fun to do something you’re not sure you can do,” he said. “I’m really excited. I’ve worked a long time on this.”

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 www.bapa.org. 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 bapa@bapa.org,

Music, Art, Food and Brews at Summer Swelter #5

Embrace the dog days of summer at Horse Thief Hollow’s 5th annual summer party, Sat., July 21, noon to 10 p.m., 10426 S. Western Ave. A day of live music, art and dance promises fun while benefitting a great cause — the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, which seeks to identify opportunities and incubate ideas to advance Beverly/Morgan Park as a hub of culture and creativity.  

“It’s the fifth anniversary of the art alliance and our business,” said Lizzy Benner, Horse Thief Hollow Manager. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to all they do for this community.” 

The local brewery and restaurant currently partners with the Beverly Arts Alliance to feature Local Art on Tap, an exhibit of paintings, sculpture, and other works by area artists that is updated quarterly. The exhibit, Rollicking Rampage, will feature works by Matthew Coglianese, Kevin Demski, Ben Schlitz, Christine Connor, Jeannie Higgins and Kristen Dobbins. Be sure to check it out!   

A Kiddies Swelter will take place from noon to 3 p.m. This will feature crafts and a group project that will be unveiled at the Beverly Art Walk this fall by Ellen King of Mrs. King’s Art Camp; face painting by Cathy Sorich of Marvelous Faces; and children’s music. An artisan craft fair will take place from 12 to 4 p.m., and artist Ben Schlitz will produce a chainsaw sculpture during the event that will be auctioned off at a later date with proceeds benefiting the Alliance.  

Live music will begin at 5:30 p.m. with The Pack Drumline and Dance Crew, which will be followed by a performance by H.a.R.D, featuring Jasmine Gill from 7 to 10 p.m. Molloy and Associates, local real estate agency, is sponsoring the party’s music scene, and artist Brendan Mack will be doing a live painting performance to the groves of H.a.R.D 

And of course, food and brews from Horse Thief Hollow will be served to hungry and thirsty partygoers. Because would it even be a party without them? 

Beverly Hills Cycling Classic #16 – Bikes and Brews

On Fri., July 20, a burst of smoke will explode from a starting gun, signaling the start of day one of the 2018 Intelligentsia Cup cycling series, as well as the return of BAPA’s Beverly Hills Cycling Classic: Bikes & Brews Festival.

The Races

The local event for the Prairie States Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup features six pro/am races on a 1.54 kilometer criterium course that includes hills and thrills that attract professional riders from around the world. This year’s course has been rerouted and will take riders in a loop through the historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood from Longwood Drive to Seeley Avenue between 100th and 102nd Streets.

The first competition is a Juniors race for ages 9 through 14, and it begins at 4:15 p.m. Other races are Juniors ages 15 to 18, 4:40 p.m.; Men’s category 2 and 3, 5:10 p.m.; William Blaire Masters 35+ categories 1, 2 and 3, 5:55 p.m.; Pro Women, categories 1, 2 and 3, 6:40 p.m.; and Pro Men, categories 1 and 2, 7:35 p.m. Neighbors are encouraged to cheer on the racers as they whizz by.

The Festival

The Bikes & Brews festival location is also new this year — the St. Barnabas parish parking lot, 10100 S. Longwood Dr. Festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Leadfoot will perform following the races, about 8:30 p.m.

Craft beers from Lagunitas and local brewery favorites Open Outcry Brewing, Horse Thief Hollow, Blue Island Brewing Co. and Argus Brewery, and wine from PRP will be for sale for customers age 21 and up.

Plenty of food will be available for purchase, including Original Rainbow Cone, Franconello, Misericordia cupcake truck, Reilly’s Daughter, Calabria, Home Run Inn Pizza and Cilantro Taco Grill.

The Kids Zone will feature a gaming truck, face painting, crafts and more.

Mercy Home/Walsh Campus will provide a bike valet service for people who want to ride their bikes to the event.

The Presenting Sponsor

The presenting sponsor of this year’s festival is Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S. Western Ave. The shop has been serving the community since 1921, and a lead partner in sponsoring the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic since the beginning of the event’s history – this year is the 16th annual.

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Paul Weiss has owned Beverly Bike and Ski since 1996 and says it’s an honor to be part of Bikes & Brews because of its history within the community he serves. Weiss is a passionate rider himself, and although he jokes that he is nowhere near the skill level of the Cycling Classic competitors, he likes the idea of encouraging the community to become more interested in riding.

“Racing has its ups and downs,” he said. “But we have to keep it alive.”

For many years, the store even has its own racing team and offers its own racing events in late summer and early fall: The Gravel Bike Race is set for in August and the CycloCross Cup is coming up in October in the Dan Ryan Woods.

Get In on the Action

In professional bike racing, riders make their living by winning prizes. To attract the best riders to the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, BAPA needs to offer top primes – cash prizes awarded to the winner of a lap in a race. The amount of primes available in a pro/am cycling race is a strong incentive for elite riders to participate – only one rider can win the top prize; several riders can win the primes. And the more competitive the event, the more exciting the action for spectators.

Area residents and businesses are invited to sponsor primes in the 16th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic | Bikes & Brews. Primes are collected in increments of $200, $100 and $50.  Donors have their names announced over the public address system during the race. The more you give, the more often your name is mentioned. 100% of the money donated for primes is awarded to riders competing races.

The final deadline for donating a prime is Mon., July 9.  For information or applications call 773-233-3100 or email reception@bapa.org.

Summer Bike Raffle

Once again, Beverly Bike and Ski has donated a brand new Giant Cypress bike to be raffled off this summer. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and available at the bike shop as well as at Bikes and Brews.

Be a Volunteer

People are needed to help out as course marshals and at the festival on race day. Sign up at bapa.org/support-bapa/volunteer/ or call 773-233-3100.

Thanks to the Sponsors

Other sponsors of the event include Mike Haggerty Buick – GMC – Volkswagen, Beverly Bank & Trust, the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, CIBC, Smith Village, Marquette Bank, AT&T, The Beverly Review, State Farm/John Harrell agent, Xpress Tax Appeal, Lagunitas, Horse Thief Hollow, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Blue Island Brewing Co. and Argus Brewery.

Brand Taps Into New Venture With Open Outcry Brewing Co.

Opening Slated for Mid-Spring

By Grace Kuikman

When John Brand married a girl from Beverly/Morgan Park in 2005, he probably didn’t realize it would change his career path.. For their first anniversary, his wife Elise gave him a beer-making class at Bev Art Brewer & Winemaking Supply. It turned out to be the perfect hobby for Brand. He converted the second bathroom in their South Loop residence into a microbrewery, setting up fermenting tanks in the shower and modifying the plumbing.

Then five years ago, Brand, an auditor in the futures industry, started thinking of brewing as more of a vocation than a hobby.

“I enjoyed my career and worked very hard at it, but I’m a very entrepreneurial guy,” he said. “I wanted to see if I could be successful in a start-up business.”

His passion for brewing and the popularity of the craft beer industry gave Brand the focus he needed to start working on a business plan.

“Step one was to buy a house in Beverly/Morgan Park,” he said. He and Elise were ready to settle into a neighborhood where they could raise their family, and John required a basement that could accommodate his brewery. The couple found just what they were looking for and moved in in 2013.

With Elise behind the idea, Brand began working on a business plan and assembling everything he needed to transform Open Outcry Brewing Co. from a dream into a reality. The brewery’s name references the “open outcry bidding” once popular on the trading floors of the futures exchanges.

One of his first calls was to Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director.

“When I talked to Margot, it became clear how unique and special this neighborhood is,” Brand said. Holland put Brand in touch with Neil Byers, owner of Horse Thief Hollow. “From day one, Neil has been a valuable resource and friend.”

Last year, Brand purchased property on the 10900 block of Western Avenue. One of the storefronts was the former location of O’Brien’s. That, plus three other stores, will become a nearly 4,000 square foot brewpub.

Open Outcry Brewing Co. will have seating for 110 and a 25-seat bar where fresh, cold beer will be tapped right from gleaming brite tanks using custom made goose-neck faucets. Tap room customers will be able to view brewery operations through a glass wall. The kitchen will serve pizza and other “hand held” dishes cooked in a wood burning oven.

All the tables are being hand-crafted from reclaimed wood by Jered and Martha Zubaty of Repurposed Midwest, a small company that uses historical wood from barns and other structures for modern projects, and local woodworker Tom Nagel.

With 10 years of brewing behind him, Brand has a lot experience in small-batch craft beers. He is now working with Will Goelbiewski, a neighborhood resident with extensive production scale brewing experience, to develop the menu of craft beers for Open Outcry’s thirsty customers.

“The idea is to have three staples in the beer portfolio, then brew styles we like,” Brand said. Staples will most likely include a pale ale, a rotation of seasonal IPAs, and a cream ale. His enjoyment of brewing and tasting beers will certainly be reflected in the bar offerings, which Brand says will include stout in winter and, eventually, some barrel-aged beers.

Brand has teamed up with Chef Cesar Lopez to create a menu of specialties for the wood burning oven. Lopez, whose last project was the Fuller House in Hinsdale, is known for his Neapolitan style dishes which should translate beautifully to the wood burning oven – simple and fresh. Open Outcry’s kitchen will also serve salads and children’s options.

“I’ve had so much support from BAPA, the 19th Ward, residents and businesses,” Brand said, adding that these experiences sealed his commitment to opening his business right here in the community. That spirit of support and camaraderie was covered by several news outlets last summer when Neil Byers sold Brand some brewing tanks that were being replaced at Horse Thief Hollow. Byers delivered the tanks by forklift, driving down neighbor streets to cover the path from 104th to 109th Street. It was quite a sight!

Brand is confident that his new enterprise will be a part of a growing local food and beverage scene. Keep up with Brand’s progress toward opening on Facebook at Open Outcry Brewing Company.

 

 

Home Cooking: Signature Cocktails by Lizzy Benner

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By Kristin Boza

A party’s not a party without a signature drink.

Lizzy Benner, Horse Thief Hollow mixologist, loves entertaining her guests at home and at Horse Thief Hollow with her out-of-the-ordinary handcrafted cocktails. “One of my favorite cocktails is a Manhattan. It’s such a good cold-weather cocktail,” Benner said. But of course she makes her own version with a twist, which can be found on Horse Thief Hollow’s menu as “Lizzy’s Perfect Manhattan.”

Benner enjoys playing with the classic cocktails and giving them a more modern flavor. Yet, she also craves the artistic experience of coming up with someone brand new, particularly her Mushroom Cocktail, which includes candied mushrooms; and Blood Moon Rising, made with blood oranges, bourbon and smoked thyme. Another featured item on Horse Thief Hollow’s menu is a margarita, concocted with blood oranges, cinnamon and jalapeno. “So, those are a little different!” she said.

Benner’s devotion to hand-crafted cocktails began when she worked at Hard Rock Hotel. “We had a bunch of craft cocktails on the menu, when they weren’t even a thing yet. So that’s how I got my start,” she said. Then her friend Emily, who worked at Mapletree Inn, became another great influence. “I would go to Mapletree, get a drink and just be amazed,” she said. “Emily makes these crazy cocktails that, still to this day, I haven’t even heard of, so she introduced me to the craft cocktails a while ago.”

When Neil Byers opened Horse Thief Hollow, he also wanted to ensure the handcrafted nature of his business extended to cocktails as well. Benner joined the staff from the start four years ago and now has created an extensive menu of handcrafted drinks.

Later this month, Benner will launch her own cocktail demonstration business. “People always ask me to do demonstrations at their events, so I got the idea to do it on my own in my free time,” she said. “I always engage the audience during the demos and can come to your house for a private party,” which will include making a signature drink just for your guests. Stay tuned for more news from Benner and how you can hire her for your own unique party.

 

Blood Moon Rising

2 oz Bella Meade Bourbon

1 oz Combier Orange Liquor

2 dashes of black walnut bitters or vanilla bitters

2 blood orange wedges

1 lemon wedge

A sprig of fresh thyme

Muddle blood oranges and lemon in a shaker. Add all ingredients in shaker with ice (except thyme). Shake. Shake. Shake! Strain in an old fashion glass. Light the thyme on fire over the drink to add smoke. Garnish with the smoked thyme.

 

 

 

2nd Annual Tap Into BAPA Pub Crawl

Cheers to Beverly/Morgan Park!

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites all our neighbors age 21 and over to join the fun at the 2nd annual TAP into BAPA Pub Crawl Sat., Nov. 12. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward BAPA’s work advocating for and improving the neighborhood.

The event kicks off at 3 p.m. at Sean’s Rhino Bar, 10330 S. Western, where revelers will spend an hour toasting our community with $10 beer buckets.  From there, the event travels south down Western Avenue.

“Our community has a long tradition of coming together to support one another while having fun,” said Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director. “Last year’s Tap into BAPA was a great success and so much fun – I can’t think of an easier way to come together as friends and neighbors and support BAPA’s work in our community.”

For a $25 donation in advance or $30 at the door, pub crawl participants will receive a souvenir Love Where You Love koozie, complimentary snacks, live music and more.  Each of the participating bars will offer one hour of drink specials for purchase. People can join the crawl at any time by starting at that hour’s location.

Following the start at Sean’s Rhino Bar, the Tap Into BAPA schedule is:

Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western, 4 to 5 p.m. with live music and a special BAPA brew for $4.

Cork and Kerry, 10614 S. Western, 5 to 6 p.m., featuring music by Steve Proper, food and a BAPA special

Barney Callaghan’s, 10618 S. Western, 6 to 7 p.m. featuring music Coyote Riot, $10 domestic buckets and $4 BAPA Bombs.

Dinger’s, 10638 S. Western, 7 to 8 p.m. featuring $2 domestic bottles.

O’Brien’s, 10934 S. Western, 8 to 9 p.m. featuring guest bartenders from the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department competing for tips to donate to the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, plus a chance to sign the wall before O’Brien’s closes its doors forever the next day and transforms into the Open Outcry Brewery.

O’Rourke’s Office, 11064 S. Western, 9 to 10 p.m. with music by Mellow Yellow and a BAPA martini for $4.

For more information on Tap Into BAPA, contact BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland, mholland@bapa.org or 773-233-3100 ext. 207. For advance tickets, go to www.bapa.org and purchase by 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 11.  Admission will also be available at the door at each participating bar