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 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,

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

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 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

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, or 773-233-3100 ext. 207. For advance tickets, go to and purchase by 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 11.  Admission will also be available at the door at each participating bar

Developer Tour Highlights Commercial Opportunities 

More than 50 commercial real estate developers are expected to participate in Open House Beverly, a tour of the commercial and residential areas in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood on Thursday, Oct. 27.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for investors to explore, experience and enjoy Beverly, and learn about commercial properties available for development in our thriving community with its growing art and entertainment scene,” said BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland who, with 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, is hosting the event.

Open House Beverly features a guided trolley tour and finishes with a taste of Beverly-style hospitality at a reception featuring an exclusive food and beverage pairing with Master Chef Graham Elliot and award-winning restaurateur Neil Byers at Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western Ave.

Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef and owner of Graham Elliot’s Bistro in the West Loop. He has received many professional accolades. Formerly a judge on Fox TV’s “MasterChef” and MasterChef Jr.,” Elliot will be a recurring judge on the new season of the Bravo network’s “Top Chef.”

Neil Byers, owner of Horse Thief Hollow, won the 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leaderships Award from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Byers opened the innovative restaurant in 2012, and has won several awards for this outstanding craft beers.

Work is underway on the new Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center. The Center is being developed by Lormax Stern, and the new Carsons store is already open.