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,

Wil Turner is Brewmaster at Open Outcry 

By Kristin Boza 

Craft beer fans are bubbling with excitement over the addition of Wil Turner as Head Brewer/Director of Brewing Operations at Open Outcry Brewing Co., 10934 S. Western Ave. 

Turner, of Evergreen Park, brings his brewing knowledge to the south side after decades of experience with beer all over the world. As a teenager growing up in Switzerland, Turner was able to legally imbibe at a younger age than U.S. citizens, which gave him a leg up on developing a palette for different kinds of brews. He moved to California as a young man, right when Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and other brewers were starting to develop their craft beers.  

“I wasn’t old enough to drink yet in the states, but was old enough to work retail and talk about and sell beer,” Turner said. “I started home brewing in 1992 in Santa Cruz and moved to Chicago 17 years ago to take a job with Goose Island.” 

At the time, Goose Island was just a brewpub and Turner ran the pub side of the business. Eventually, as Goose Island began producing beer in greater quantities and varieties, Turner earned a promotion to Senior Brewer and began to experience the production side of beer. As Goose Island expanded its operations and reputation, Turner landed a position at Revolution Brewing, which at the time was a start-up brewpub.  

“My previous experiences are all similar to what I’m doing now. I had the opportunity to grow with Revolution and that’s what I’m looking to do at Open Outcry,” he said. “Open Outcry has something good going, and it will be one of the south side beer destinations and a good anchor for the brewing community down here. With Goose and Revolution, I was allowed a lot of creativity so that enabled me to experiment with different beer styles from all over the world; I’m hoping to bring that creativity here and bring some of the large brewery consistency to the products we create.” 

Currently, Turner is working to ensure consistency among Open Outcry’s staple beers, like Open Interest, a New England IPA. “I took John’s (Brand, owner of Open Outcry) recipe and made a couple of tweaks and now we’ve hit on a recipe we all enjoy. I want to make sure that every time someone drinks Open Interest, it tastes like Open Interest,” Turner said. 

He also wants to be a beer education resource for the neighborhood. Culturally, Chicago has always been a little behind in the beer scene from other craft beer powerhouse cities, like Denver, Seattle and Portland. Now that Chicago has made strides to catch up to the rest of the country, Turner wants to ensure the south side is as educated as our north side neighbors. 

“This definitely isn’t an industry that you get into to make money. It is my passion for the product and the people that keeps me going after 26+ years,” Turner said. “It has been great to be a part of the growth of the Chicago/Illinois craft beer scenes, and I’m hoping that my passion for what I do will inspire others to get involved.” 

Stay tuned for Open Outcry’s first Irish-style dry stout, to debut just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. “The stout will be traditional, like a Guinness or Murphy’s, and just under 5% abv, so it can be enjoyed all day,” Turner said.  

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.

Neighborhood Notes for September 2017

Almost Home Collection. The Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club is partnering with Almost Home, a local non-profit, to provide shower kits for homeless guests in emergency shelters. The club is collecting bath/beach towels and washcloths (used is fine) until Oct 14 and donations can be dropped off at BAPA, 1987 W. 111th St., Christ the King Parish, 9235 S Hamilton Ave, or Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St.  A painting party fundraiser is planned for Fri., Oct. 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S Oakley Ave. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. The event is BYOB and snacks will be served. Info: Carla Herr, 312-593-1129,, or GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club on Facebook.

Beverly Art Competition Accepting Applications. Artists within 100 miles of the city of Chicago are invited to enter the annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition and Exhibition, a juried contest that offers prizes that range from $1500 for Best of Show to $100 for honorable mentions. The non-refundable entry fee is $35, and the submission deadline is Oct. 16. Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. Finalists and winning works will be exhibited in the Jack Simmerling Gallery at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibit opening and awards presentation will be held on Nov. 11. Entry forms are available at the Beverly Arts Center or can be downloaded from the website,

Tutors Needed at Mercy Home Walsh Campus. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is in need of tutors to assist young women at the Walsh Campus, 11600 S. Longwood Dr. The commitment is one hour, once a week (the same night each week). To learn more about the tutoring program visit the website or contact

Smith Village Invites You to Ham it Up on Open Mic Night. Singers, musicians, comedians and “closet hams” are welcomed to entertain an appreciative audience at Open Mic Night, Tues., Sept. 5, Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The monthly event is free and hosted by Debbie Parks, a guitarist and singer who teaches music at the Beverly Arts Center. Complimentary refreshments will be served. To sign up your act, contact Parks, or 773-574-9727. General info, Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300.

Garden Club Presents Tips for Lazy Gardeners. The Morgan Park/Beverly Hills Garden Club presents “Tips for the Lazy Gardener,” a program by landscape designer Cindy Tyley of Carriage House Designs, Wed., Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m., Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley. The show and tell presentation demonstrates ways for indoor and outdoor gardeners to save time, energy and money.

BIA Garage Sale. Sept, 7 is the deadline for North Beverly residents to sign on to be part of the 3rd annual community-wide garage sale being hosted by Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) Sat., Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about registering as a participant – which includes a garage sale permit — at Shoppers from all over are welcome to visit North Beverly, get a map from any participating home and browse for bargains.

Movie at Kellogg School. Area residents are invited to celebrate the start of the new school year for an outdoor screening of “The Lego Batman Movie,” Fri., Sept. 8 at dusk, Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt. The event is hosted by Kellogg School and the 19th ward office. All are welcome.

Flea Market on the Lawn. The Women of the Castle will hold a Flea Market on the Lawn, Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 103rd and Longwood Dr. Shop for bargains and meet a friend. Info: 312-618-1814.

Wellness Seminar Series. Yoga for Healing Heartache and Loss, the first in a monthly Wellness Seminar Series, will be held Sat., Sept. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Christine Sprayberry conducts the seminar, exploring how heartache impacts the body and how bodies impact minds. Participants will engage in gentle, beginner yoga movements, breath and intentional stillness. Also included are massage (optional), singing bowls, ambient nature sounds and aromatherapy. The series continues on the second Saturday each month through May. Info/registration: or 773-310-3488.

Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me. Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me, an afternoon tea with a presentation by Anastasia Cosby of the Historic Pullman Beekeepers, will be hosted by the Cygnus Ladies of Bethany Union Church of Chicago, Sat., Sept. 9, at the church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and serving begins at 2 p.m. The donation is $15 and seating is limited. Info/reservations: 708-975-3311.

Free Oak Saplings. Ald. Matt O’Shea and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are providing free oak saplings, approximately six to ten inches tall. Reserve saplings online at, and pick them up on Sun., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the 95th Street Farmers Market, 95th & Longwood Drive. Instructions for planting and care will be provided. The tree population throughout the City has been decimated by emerald ash borer infestations and extreme weather. Oak trees help provide an energy-saving green canopy for our community and help absorb rainwater that might otherwise flow into our sewer system and possibly flood residential basements. A medium size oak tree can absorb up to 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year.

Start Reading! The Second Sunday Book Club will be held Sun., Sept. 10, 2 p.m., Open Outcry Brewing Co., 10934 S. Western. The community is invited to read and discuss “A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light,” a collection of all-new Paris-themed essays – from funny to romantic to reflective — written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction. Copies of the book are available at Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western. Info: 773- 239-1110.

Youth Choir Concert. The Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St.,  presents We Are Royalty, a concert by the youth choir and friends, Sun., Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. Admission: $10/adults, $3 children age 10 and under.

Painted Lady Competition. The Chicago Paint and Coatings Association is accepting submissions to the 31st Annual Chicago Finest Painted Ladies and Her Court Competition, open to owners who have completed their exterior painting projects between Labor Day 2016 and Labor Day 2017. Buildings do not have to be Victorian architecture, and can be painted professionally or by the building owner. Entrants will be required to submit photos and paint chips. Applications, photos and competition details are available at 847-240-0102, or

Sip and Shop. BAPA’sSip and Shop supporting local businesses, Thurs., Sept. 14 in the train station districts on 99th and 103rd Streets. Shopping starts at 6 p.m. on 103rd Street and continues to 99th Street, winding up with a BYOB after party from 9 to 11 p.m. at Tranquility. Included in admission &$10/advance or $15 at the event, and includes a souvenir wine tote, beverage and food tastings, trunks shows and demonstrations. Tickets are available at participating stores (look for the Sip & Shop posters) or online at

Warrior 3K Race. Runners age 10 an up are invited to register for the Kroc Fit Warrior 3K Race to be held
Sat., Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St. Fees are $25 for ages 10 to 14 and $45 for age 15 and older. Register online: . Info: 773-995-3319

Midway Fly Way 5K. Registration is open for the Midway Fly Away 5K benefitting Special Olympics Chicago, Sun., Sept. 17, 9 a.m. on the airfield at Midway Airport. Prizes will be awarded to overall top finishers, and winners of the Grade School Challenge will win a trophy and pizza party for their

Mercy Circle Hosts Open House and Tour.  As autumn ushers in a fresh cycle of activities, Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., welcomes the community to learn more about the continuing care retirement community at an open house Sun., Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and visitors will be invited to tour the common areas: exercise room, chapel, boutique salon, library, dining room and bistro. Key staff members will explain the services, continuum of care and many amenities available at Mercy Circle. Info or private appointments: 773-253-3600.

Animal Assisted Therapy Training. Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy will conduct training in Evergreen Park for people and their dogs, Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be age 18 or older and dogs must be at least 10 months old. All four classes are required, and once training is completed participants will be asked to give an hour of time twice a month. Info/registration or 773-779-0451.

All Things Well Series. All Things Well, a five week studies series that focuses on ancient and new mindfulness, meditation and wellness, begins Thurs., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., Bethany Union Church of Chicago, 1750 W. 103rd St. Each of the sessions features a teaching on topics concerning mindfulness as well as practicing mindfulness. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Michael Cameron, a certified Spiritual Director and Religious Studies scholar, and a practitioner of the contemplative arts for over five decades is the instructor. There is no fee for the series. Session subjects include how to use mindfulness to relax and fall asleep, and sleep well; how to master an overstimulated brain; how to master negative and obtrusive thoughts; how to remedy your anxious mind and how to use mindfulness to manage pain and discomfort. Information: 773-779-0123 or

Words by Friends. Words by Friends will host a reading of original works by neighborhood writers Thurs., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Writers interested in learning more about reading their work can email Neighbors are encouraged to attend to enjoy a variety of stories and poetry.

Free Flu Shots.  Ald. Matt O’Shea, Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley will partner with the Chicago Department of Public Health to provide free influenza immunizations Sun., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. Flu vaccines are offered at no cost to adults of any age and children over six months old. No appointment is necessary and vaccinations are provided on a first come, first served basis. Info: 773-238-8766 or

SXU Celebrates Homecoming Week. The Saint Xavier University (SXU), 3700 W, 103rd St., is planning spirit-filled activities for Homecoming Week, Sept. 24 through 30. Among the highlights are the Homecoming liturgy and presentation of Spirit of Saint Xavier awards on Sun., Sept. 24, 10 a.m.; Reunions for the classes of 1967 and 1992; the 17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk Sat., Sept, 30, 9 a.m. followed by Cougar’s Corner Tailgate Tent and Family Fun Zone at 11 a.m. and the Homecoming Football Game: SXU vs. Taylor University, kicking off at 1 p.m. Info: 773-298-3316 or t

Property Tax Appeals. The Cook County Board of Review is accepting property tax appeal applications for area homeowners for 2017 taxes (payable in 2018). The appeal paperwork is very simple and can result in significant savings. There is no fee for applicants and appealing cannot increase current assessments. Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr., Ald. Matt O’Shea, Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley will co-host an appeal assistance event Mon., Sept. 25, 6:30p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. at 6:30pm. Staff from the Board of Review will be available to help residents complete appeal paperwork and address questions or concerns. Bring your tax bill or property index number to complete the paperwork. Appeals can also be filed online at Info: Colleen White, 773-238-8766 or

Beverly Hills Turkey Trot. Registration is open for the 9th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk on Sat., Nov. 25.  The Trot takes participants through the beautiful tree lined streets of North Beverly. Proceeds benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. Runners will be chip-timed and walkers will be untimed. Register at A $5 discount is available to CARA members. Participants will receive a t-shirt and gift bag. A post-race pancake breakfast sponsored by the Original Pancake House-Beverly will be held in the Christ the King School gymnasium. The after party will feature booths from sponsors and local organizations as well as entertainment.  Info or to volunteer: Tristan Angus,

Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: Local support groups, GROW and Gendernauts, have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens. The free monthly meetings and social activity opportunities are held at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Info: Christina Sprayberry, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, 773-330-2544.

Drum Circle for Wellness.  Throughout history, drumming has brought people together to create a healing circle. On Sun., Oct. 1, 3 p.m., a Drum Circle for Wellness will tap the therapeutic power to music to increase the immune response, express emotion, stimulate the brain and nurture the spirit, at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. No musical training required. $10 donation to benefit a future community event will be collected.  RSVP:

Garage and Book Sale. Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will hold its annual garage and book sale Fri., Sept. 29 and Sat., Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of tools, housewares, home goods, jewelry, furniture, antiques and books are now being accepted. No clothing will be accepted. Community residents are encouraged to use this event as an opportunity to clean attics, closets and basements of things no longer used but that can be treasures for someone else. This fundraiser helps the society’s efforts to preserve history. All contributions are tax deductible; a receipt will be provided. Info: 773-881-1675 or

Leave Your tracks at SXU’s Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk. The cougar community will be on the prowl again through the streets of Evergreen Park during Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) 17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk on Sat., Sept. 30. The race attracts new yearly participants as well as the returning running enthusiasts. It is a tradition grounded in spirit, a benefit to the whole community. The Cougar 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. on SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Runners, walkers and joggers will navigate the neighborhood and conclude on SXU’s main campus. Advance registration is $35 for runners/walkers and $40 on race day. There are registration discounts for SXU faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as for families. Registration can be completed online at, keyword: cougar 5K.  Each Cougar Run participant will get a long sleeve performance moisture wicking t-shirt. Shirts are 100% polyester and feel like cotton. Stop into the Shannon Center to try on sizes. For more information, call the Cougar 5K hotline, 773-298-3592.

80th Anniversary Picnic. All families, alumni, and former staff are invited to a picnic and party Sat., Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the school’s founding. The picnic will feature games, tours and more. Information will be posted at and Elementary

Juniors Offer Crafts at Farmers Market. The Beverly Juniors will be in the community tent at the 95th Street Farmer’s Market on Sun., Oct. 1 to share information about the club, host a craft activity for the kids and accept towel donations to help the homeless through the Almost Home non-profit. Info on membership and future events: or GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club on Facebook.

Reservations Open for Anti-Bullying Conference. Area resident Dorothy J. Thompson, head of Bullying Prevention and Awareness 365, and  National Louis University, Chicago will hold a one-day conference, “The Collective Roles of Adults in Bullying Prevention and Students’ Well-Being,” at the University, Fri., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 250 educators, paraprofessionals, authors, parents and anti-bullying activists are expected to attend. Reservations:

Beverly Theatre Guild Announces Cast for ‘Avenue Q.’ Actors from throughout southwest Chicago and Blue Island have been cast by the Beverly Theatre Guild for its fall musical, “Avenue Q.” Staged like a children’s show, “Avenue Q” is laugh-out-loud how about a recent Princeton graduate who moves to a shabby New York apartment and struggles to find a job and meaning in life. On Avenue Q, puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Due to explicit content, the show carries a parental advisory. The show will be directed by Beverly/Morgan Park resident Glenn Hering. Performances will be held on the weekends of Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St.  Tickets are $21 and available online at, or by calling 773-BTG-TIXS.


Village Viewpoint

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is hard to believe we are heading into the month of August! As we soak up these last bits of summer and prepare for a productive fall and winter calendar of programming and back to school activities, it is also a time to be thankful for all the support that BAPA receives in the spring and summer – please know your attendance at our events and volunteerism are never taken for granted. We are so thankful for this amazing community!

We have had many proud moments over the last month, including the 15th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. Over 3000 people came out to check out the race and sample some brews from area breweries and especially Lagunitas Brewing Company, which contributed over 20 kegs to help BAPA raise funds for our beautification efforts. Other generous breweries were Horse Thief Hollow, Blue Island Beer Co., Argus Brewery, Baderbrau and of course Western Avenue’s newest brewery Open Outcry Brewing Co.! What an amazing show of support of our community – thank you!

Another highlight of the summer is all the investment into the Dan Ryan Woods by the Cook County Forest Preserve in honor of the 100th anniversary of the woods. We are so lucky to have this resource right here in our community. They have lots of family fun planned on Aug. 27, so please mark your calendars; you will not be disappointed!

Also coming up in August, BAPA is excited to host a seminar with an expert on navigating the high school entrance process for both Chicago Public Schools selective enrollment and the private schools. We are lucky to have many options for all levels of education in our neighborhood. Please join us for this free event.  We are also looking forward to a great month of September when BAPA will host a girls night Shop and Sip supporting local women-owned businesses. It should be lots of fun!

Thanks for all your support through BAPA membership and event attendance. See you around the neighborhood enjoying the rest of the summer!

All the best,


Business News

Open Outcry Welcomes Customers

Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10934 S. Western, officially opened for business at the end of July, serving a variety of craft beers, a menu of pizzas and more. Joining owner John Brand at the ribbon cutting were BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association Executive Director Caroline Connors and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea. Learn more about this family-friendly, locally owned brewery at


Dance Gallery Fall Session Registration Open

Dance into a new school year at Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. The 14-week fall session begins Mon., Sept. 11 and includes classes for children, teens and adults in the state-of-the-art studio located in the heart of Beverly/Morgan Park.

Running through Sat., Dec. 16, fall session classes are offered in ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, creative movement, modern, pointe, senior tap, lyrical/contemporary, ballroom classes as well as Forrest Yoga/Flow.

”We invite everyone to step out of their comfort zone, stretching both mind and body as they experience the art of dance,” said owner and artistic director Marylee Sinopoli. “This fall we offer classes for everyone in the family so from your toddler to your grandma can learn something new at our studio.”

Dance Gallery features a beautiful facility complete with two dance studios with full view mirrors and a viewing window for parents. Sinopoli leads a team of professional dance instructors who are dedicated to the mission of fostering an appreciation of the art of movement and dance.

To register and view a complete list of classes, visit For more information, call 773-445-8910.  In person registration will be held Wed., Aug. 30 and Thurs., Aug. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Payment must be received before the first week of classes.

Neighborhood Notes

Live Music Sundays. Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, hosts Live Music Sundays this summer, 3 to 5 p.m. This month: Joe Fascetta, July 2; Eric Ortiz, July 9 and 16; Jay O’Malley, July 23; and John and Phil, July 30. Next month: Joe Facetta, Aug. 6 and 27; Jay O’Malley, Aug. 13; and Dan Harvey, Aug. 20.

July at the BAC. Free Live Music Mondays continue through the summer in the Beverly Arts Center courtyard, 7 p.m.; no concert July 3.  Performing on the main stage are John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band performs Fri., July 14, 8 p.m. and Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Sat., July 29, 7:30 p.m. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W.111th St., 773-445-3838. Info and tickets:

Memory Care Support Group. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites area residents who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to a free memory care support group Wed., July 5, 6:30 p.m. Smith Village memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will talk about the stages of dementia, different types of behavior and a variety of communication techniques. Caregivers will be able to ask questions. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

VIA Block Sale. Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) is planning an association-wide block and yard sale, Sat., July 8. Shop for a variety of items on Wood, Vanderpoel, Prospect and Charles between 95th and 99th streets. Info: Ruta Spencer, 773-351-5460.

How to Be a Beekeeper. The Historic Pullman Beekeepers Club welcomes anyone interested in learning about beekeeping and the wonderful life of bees to their next meeting, Sun., July 9, 12 p.m., 614 E. 113th St. Info: 773-744-8888, 773-259-4439 or

Second Sunday Book Club. Open Outcry Brewing Co., Bookies and Beverly Arts Center invite area readers to join them at the Second Sunday Book Club, Sun., July 9, 2 p.m., at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. The first book is “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, the book on which the movie “Lion” was based, available at Bookies, 10324 S. Western. On Wed., July 26, 7:30 p.m., book club participants will receive $1 off on their ticket to see “Lion” at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

Picnic and Event Permits Available at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center. Permits for picnics and events in the Forest Preserves can be purchased at the visitor center at Dan Ryan Woods, 87th and Western. The Woods is one of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s most popular sites. Permit sales at Dan Ryan Visitor Center will be available through Labor Day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Permit purchases by credit card only. Visitors can also obtain information on other Forest Preserves offerings and upcoming events. Permits can also be purchased online at, where site availability, grove maps and the various fees associated with grove rentals are also available.  Dan Ryan Woods has long offered visitors a scenic location to gather with family and friends while being surround by nature. Amenities at Dan Ryan Woods include playfields, 16 picnic groves, a 120-guest pavilion and a sledding hill.  Hikers, bikers and walkers can traverse a nearly 1-mile loop trail in Dan Ryan Woods Central, and access the Major Taylor Trail in Dan Ryan Woods North. Dan Ryan Woods South visitors can access various unpaved trails that weave through open and wooded areas. For assistance with online permit purchases, call 800-870-3666. For more information on Dan Ryan Woods or other Forest Preserves locations, visit

Food Truck Fridays at Cork & Kerry. Cork & Kerry Tavern, 10614 S. Western, is hosting a summer of family-friendly Food Truck Fridays in the beer garden. Each week a different food truck will be selling and serving Cork & Kerry patrons from 5 to 8 p.m. The July schedule is Bruges Brothers, July 7; Toasty Cheese. July 14; Happy Lobster, July 21; and Aztec Daves, July 28. The July beer specials for Food Trick Fridays are Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss.

Big City Basketball Camp. The Church of Chicago will host the Big City Basketball Camp July 10 through 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Vanderpoel School, 9510 S. Prospect Ave. The camp welcomes children in 3rd through 8th grades and participants will develop sportsmanship and teamwork through skill training, contests, life lessons and healthy competition. Every camper gets an equal opportunity to play and learn, and a t-shirt, basketball and awards poster. Info: 773-672-7230 or

Longwood Writers Guild. Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will meet Mon., July 10 and Mon., Aug. 14, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a piece you are working to read aloud for critique or work from a prompt. Into:

Movie in the Park.  The Chicago Park District will screen “The Peanuts Movie” at a free Night Out in the Park Tues., July 11, dusk (about 8:30 p.m.), at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St. Bring a blanket, lawn chair  and family and friends, and enjoy an evening under the stars watching Charlie  Brown and Snoopy undertake a heroic quest.

Workshop Goal is Student Success. Own It Chicago is offering a series of summer workshops for students ranging from junior high to college that will help students learn organizational skills, develop better study habits, and strengthen time management and self-advocacy. Upcoming workshops will be held Wed., July 26, 3 to 5:30 p.m. for junior high students and 6 to 8:30 p.m. for incoming freshmen; Tues., Aug. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for current high school students; and Wed., Aug. 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for college students. All workshops are held at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. St., and are designed to help evaluate their own learning styles and build an individualized plan to be successful in the upcoming school year and beyond. Info: or

Yoga at Edna White Garden. Edna White Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., is hosting a variety of yoga classes this summer: Goddess Yoga with live music with Brendan and Erin, Thursdays, July 13, Aug. 10, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., donation requested; Sunrise Yoga with Joan Zigulich, Fri., July 7 and 21, 6 a.m.; and , Fri., July 7 and 21, 6 a.m.; and  Mommy and Me Yoga with Colleen Hosman, Wednesdays, beginning July 12, 11 a.m. Info: Edna White Garden on Facebook

Blues at the BAC. John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will perform Fri., July 14, 8 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $30 or $27 for BAC members, and available online at Coming from Camden, Mississippi in 1963, two-time Grammy nominated John Primer started playing in Chicago at Theresa’s Lounge on the South Side. His blue roots took shape under the tutelage of legendary blues greats that include James Cotton, Junior Wells, Sammy Lawhorn and Buddy Guy. Primer played in Willie Dixon’s All Stars Band, then became the lead guitar player for Muddy Waters. Following Waters’ death, Primer played for 14 years with Magic Slim before going out on his own with the Real Deal Blues Band. Last year, Primer was named the Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards.

Beverly Barre and Beers. Open Outcry Brewing and Beverly Barre will host Beverly Barre & Beers beginning Sun., July 16. Participants are invited to join in for one hour of barre followed by one free pint at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. Beverly Barre is a low-impact, high-result exercise that combines yoga, pilates and strength-training movements. Sessions are open to all levels of experience. Bring mat, water bottle and towel.

Free Night Out in the Park. The Chicago Park District hosts Storytown Improv at a free Night Out in the Park Tues., July 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St. Enjoy an interactive, fully improvised adventure created from audience suggestions and ideas by the Storytown actors, artists and musicians.  The possibilities are endless.  The show is recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years and their families.  Parental supervision is required throughout the program.

Summer Swelter. The Leadfoot Band headlines at the Summer Swelter outdoor festival Sat., July 22, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western. Admission to the homage to the sultry days of summer is $20 and includes three food or drink tickets. Also performing is the Pack Drumline & Dance Crew. Enjoy beating the heat with ice-cold beer from Horse Thief Hollow and a variety of local breweries, plus tasty eats. Local artisans will showcase and sell artwork and handcrafted beer-themed jewelry. Proceeds from the Summer Swelter benefit the Conner Lowry Foundation and other nonprofits that serve veterans.

Mercy Circle Hosts Summer Open House. In addition to touring the chapel, exercise room, salon, library, gardens and dining rooms at the open house on July 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will be encouraged to ask questions about the many services and levels of care available at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St. The staff looks forward to showing visitors the advantages of becoming a resident of Mercy Circle. Info or to set up a private appointment: 773-253-3600.

Unity in the Community Picnic. Neighborhood residents are welcome to attend the Unity in the Community Picnic Sun., July 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.  Bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided. The event includes music, dancing and activities for children. Bring a lawn chair for yourself; extra chairs are welcome. Picnic sponsors are Unity in Diversity, Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, Southsiders for Peace, Community of Churches and Chicago Commission on Human Relations.  In case of rain the picnic will be held in the church. Info: 773-233-1420 or 773-239-1439.

Growing Beverly. Open Outcry Brewing Company and The Geranium Guild collaborate on Growing Beverly, a collaborative workshop series starting Sun., July 23, 12:30 p.m., at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. In the first workshop, participants will build their own terrarium succulent garden; all materials, plants and glassware provided, including one free pint! $35 per person Tickets (limited number) and

Storytelling for Grown-Ups. Storytelling for Grown-Ups: Where To Begin, a six part workshop series that focuses on writing the small episodes of life that reveal the depth of who we are, why our story is unique and how it connects us to an audience and changes their lives forever, will be held on Mondays, July 24 through Aug. 28, Catholic Youth Ministry Center, 1825 W. Monterey Ave. Instructor David Boyle will concentrate on developing 7 to 15 minute personal stories. $125. Registration:

Lecture on Water. Water: Contamination, Privatization and Use as a Weapon of War, a lecture by Dr. Ramirez-Knight, will be presented Sat., July 29, 12 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The lecture looks at the manipulation of clean water and the effects of water as a weapon of war.

Slow Roll Comes to Beverly/Morgan Park. Cicyclists of all ages are invited to participate in a community cycling event in Beverly/Morgan Park later this month. Slow Roll Chicago, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the city by organizing community bicycle rides throughout the greater Chicago area, will lead a group ride through the streets of Beverly/Morgan Park on the afternoon of Sat., July 29. Founded in Detroit, Mich., in 2010, Slow Roll was brought to Chicago in 2014 by Jamal Julien and Olatunji Oboi Reed as a means of social change. Every Wednesday evening from April to October, a diverse group of cyclists gathers to ride through different Chicago neighborhoods, showcasing those neighborhoods while bringing people together for an activity that is universally appealing. Rides are slow paced and are open to riders of all ages, skill levels and types of bikes. Details of the Beverly/Morgan Park ride have not yet been finalized, but participants can expect to ride approximately nine miles on residential streets throughout the neighborhood with occasional stops. Volunteers with Slow Roll will lead the ride, manage traffic situations and assist with flat tires and other mechanical issues. The event will conclude with a party at the 99th and Walden business district that is also open to non-riders. More information on the event will be available in the coming weeks.

Beverly Art Walk Call for Artists. Fri., Aug. 1 is the deadline for artists and venues to apply for the 2017 Beverly Art Walk. Apply online at to be an exhibiting artist (painter, photographer, sculptor, etc.) or host business. Makers/artisans interested in a vendor booth at the Uprising Handmade Market should use The Uprising application. The 4th annual Beverly Art Walk will be held Sat., Oct. 7, 12 to 7 p.m. Info:

Save the Date. The Cygnus Ladies of Bethany Union Church will present Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me, Sat., Sept. 9 at the church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Donation: $15. Reservations: 708-975-3311.