Think Before You Click: Ten Years Running  

By Brittany Wiley 
BAPA Business Liaison 

Ten years ago, a specialty running store, Running Excels10328 S. Western, opened their doors to our community.  Since then, Beverly Lynch has been providing us with a personalized shopping experience and quality products to ensure comfort, fit and support.   

But you don’t have to be a runner to shop there.   

Many people are now walking to get out of the house. We want everyone to know we fit walkers, runners and those who just need a comfortable shoe to use at work or to get around,” Lynch said.  The store also carries OOFOS sandals, a recovery footwear brand that absorbs impact and reduces the stress on your feet and joints. 

One of the foundations of Running Excels and their success is the fitting process.  They believe “the journey to your perfect pair of shoes is as unique as you are.”  

Lynch assesses your need by getting to know you, including your history of injuries and the type of exercise you do. She then analyzes your arches and finally your gait to give you shoe options tailored to you.  Customers can test out shoes on the treadmill or outside before making a decision.   

Running Excels was considered a non-essential business when the stayat-home mandate was put into effect.  The doors had to be closed, so Lynch found creative ways to continue serving her customers.    

Since 85% of Lynch’s customers are local, she was able to hand-deliver merchandise to their homes or offer curbside pickup.  She offered fittings virtually and brought customers several pairs to try on.  Wearing masks, outdoor fittings were added at the store.  Lynch still to offer these services if her customers are unable to come into the store because of health concerns. 

“The biggest change we made during this time was adding an online presence,” Lynch said.  Running Excels offers a full line of running shoes on their website,  Customers can search by fit online as part of Lynch’s continuing commitment to personalization.  More shoe colors and styles are available online, so even if you have an in-person fitting, you can order a shoe that isn’t available in the store.   

Lynch does not just sell shoes and running-related products in her store.  She has created a community with the Run Beverly group.  

“Many of the runners… are now lifelong friends,” she said.  Some have been running together since the store opened in 2010. “They are a welcoming, non-intimidating group,” she added. All are welcome at no charge.   

We are lucky to have a store like Running Excels in this neighborhood.  Beverly Lynch is committed to the physical health and comfort of our residents.  She has gone above and beyond to survive and serve us through COVID.  Even if you don’t need shoes, stop in for running shorts, socks, hats or even a mask.  We can do our part to make sure Running Excels celebrates another 10 years. 

To learn more, visit  Follow Running Excels on Instagram @runningexcels or Facebook, 


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.

Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., is open. Reach them on Facebook or at 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

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 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,

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BAPA and Running Excels Launch Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run Program   

BAPA and Running Excels are launching a Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run program designed to get non-runners from the couch to the starting line on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27.   

Specifically designed by Running Excels for walkers, the eightweek plan starts Sat., Apr. 6 and breaks down, week by week, a walker’s journey to becoming a runner. Participants will meet at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, on Saturdays for group walk/runs led by experienced running specialists, including Running Excels owner Beverly Lynch and nine-time marathon finisher, Stephanie Ramirez.   

The power of a program combined with the support of a group is unstoppableand this plan will get walkers started off on the right foot, according to Ramirez.   

Running can be intimidating, she explained, but this program is specifically designed for beginners and includes information sessions, weekly encouragement emails and Q&As, along with local business partnerships and discounts.   

People interested in joining up for the chance to improve their fitnessparticipate in Beverly/Morgan Park’s iconic Ridge Run and have some fun along the way can sign up at www.bapa.orgThe cost is $100. Sign up with a friend and save $10 each by using the code Buddy.  

Runners Beat Heat for a Great Ridge Run

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

Leaderboard winners and their finish times are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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On Your Mark… Get Set… BAPA’s 41st Annual Ridge Run is May 28

By Abby Johnson

Rescue your running shoes and jogging shorts from underneath that suffocating pile of hats and gloves – it’s time to get ready for Beverly Area Planning Association’s annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 28. For the 41st consecutive year participants will race through the historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood to the sound of whoops and hollers from those on the sidelines. After the race, participants and spectators alike are invited to stay for the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade.

The Ridge Run is among Chicago’s favorite occasions. And with good reason: Few events express such a strong sense of community, the hundreds of cheering spectators the embodiment of dedication to neighbors who have become friends and friends who have become family. It’s a symbol of belonging that, like the race, runs through the heart of our neighborhood.

Runners have multiple choices when it comes to distance. Options include 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile. (The wee ones can compete in the Tot Trot in the kids’ zone).

Running Up on Healthy Habits

For several years, Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., has been the sponsor of the Ridge Run Youth Mile. The family-owned market has been a community staple since 1962, and the store’s manager, Katie Mahler-Speh says the business’s decision to be a sponsor lies in its desire to give back to the community that has been so welcoming over the past five decades.

“Being healthy is important,” Mahler-Speh said. “It’s important for individuals in the community and the community itself.”

The Youth Mile, said Mahler Speh, is the perfect opportunity to instill healthy habits in children while they’re still young. Being active is a necessity for being healthy, and it’s best to start those healthy habits as early as possible, she said.

Race Schedule

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the Youth Mile at 8:10 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m. A post-race party will feature the Runners Award Ceremony, along with food, beer and children’s activities, including a bouncy house, petting zoo and TotTrot.

Participants can register online at through May 27, but registration must be completed by May 3 to guarantee receiving a T-shirt. Advance registration and packet pickup is open May 24 through 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave., and May 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ridge Park 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Ridge Park. Race details and information are available at under Events.

Runners will receive finisher medals, as well as goody bags and runner refreshments. A post-race festival at Ridge Park is open for participants and spectators includes a Kids’ Zone with jump house, petting zoo and Tot Trot; team town; runner awards; food and beverages available for purchase; and more.

Little Company of Mary Returns as Presenting Sponsor

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers is presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run, and generously provides the day’s health necessities, like the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, along with free on-site blood pressure checks and general health information. Children are welcome to learn about healthy lifestyles. Runners will receive a free cooling towel courtesy of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park and has been a vital health resource for the surrounding community for nearly 90 years. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations and was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Dr. Ginny Hendricks is returning for her 4th year as the Ridge Run doctor. She practices Family Medicine at LCM Medical Group and is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. Her skills and interests make her a great fit for the Ridge Run.

“I practice Sports Medicine including the care of the athlete (concussions, strains and sprains, and sports physicals), joint health (backs, knees, shoulders, etc), fracture care, and exercise recommendations in patients of all ages,” Dr. Hendricks related for a LCMH profile. “I enjoy helping people be as healthy and active as they can be whether that’s achieving control of someone’s diabetes or getting a high school pitcher back to playing after some elbow pain or a recreational runner back pounding the pavement after a stress fracture.”

Tricia Deskovich, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (APN) with Little Company of Mary’s Medical Group, will be returning to assist Dr. Hendricks at the Ridge Run’s LCMH First Aid Tent.

Dr. Hendricks attended Ross University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Indiana University/Methodist Hospital. Her fellowship in Sports Medicine was completed at Resurrection Hospital here in Chicago. As a runner herself, Dr. Hendricks especially enjoys being available at the Ridge Run to help if athletes need assistance.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

While the Ridge Run is no doubt an exciting kick-off to summer, what should be most prominent is Memorial Day itself: The day in which we honor those who lost their lives fighting for the American freedom whose reign is sometimes taken for granted. One of the oldest community parades in Chicago – the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade – does just that. This year’s parade will be led by members of the American Gold Star Mothers, women who have lost a son or daughter in military service. The non-denominational, non-profit, politically unaffiliated organization was founded in June of 1928 and works to perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in our wars and to aid the men and women who were wounded or incapacitated during hostilities.

Community members are encouraged to join BAPA, parade participants, community leaders and families for the laying of the wreath, color guard and Memorial Day Ceremony at Ridge Park at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., 110th and Longwood Dr., and follows the last of the runners back to Ridge Park. Everyone is invited to march. Applications are available at

Road Home Program is Parade Presenting Sponsor

The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush University Medical Center is presenting sponsor of this year’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade. The Road Home Program understands that transitioning from military to civilian life is a challenge. That’s why they provide confidential support, counseling and veteran health services to help families cope with the invisible wounds of war. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Modie Lavin is the Senior Family Community Outreach Coordinator. She can be reached at 312-942-8354.

In conjunction with the Ridge Run, donations from the races will be made to Special Olympics Chicago/Mount Greenwood Park and to the Ridge Park Advisory Council for the restoration of the Ridge Park Field House.

Thank You Sponsors

Ridge Run sponsors help to ensure the success of the event. Thank you to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen of Oak Lawn, Beverly Bank, Road Home Program, Southtown Health Foods, CIBC, County Fair, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Marquette Bank, State Rep. Fran Hurley, State Sen. Bill Cunningham,  Chicago Park District, McCready Law, 670 Score Sports Radio, State Farm Agent John Harrell, TreadFit Beverly, Chicago Recovery Room, Calabria Imports, Running Excels, The Beverly Review, 100.3SheChicago, Trace Ambulance, Marathon Sportswear,  Beverly Records, Cork & Kerry, Haribo, and Original Rainbow Cone.

For more information about participating in or volunteering for the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100,  bapa@bapa,org or





South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 40th Annual South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at noon on Sun., Mar. 11, marching down Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street. The South Side Irish Parade has grown into the largest community-based St. Patrick’s Day Parade outside of Ireland.

This year’s parade will feature 100 entries including bagpipe and marching bands and Irish dance schools.

Special Olympics Chicago will serve as Grand Marshal. Special Olympics Chicago is one of the largest programs in the country offering training and competition for more than 7,500 athletes in 22 sports throughout the year. The organization provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Amyloidosis Support Groups and the Martin McGarry family will be the 2018 Parade Honoree. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of Amyloidosis patients, caregivers and former caregivers. Beverly/Morgan Park resident Martin McGarry recently lost a lengthy battle with Amyloidosis. His spirit and dedication to his community will be honored during the parade.

The 2018 South Side Irish Parade Queen is Colleen Krahn of Mount Greenwood. She is an alumna of Queen of Martyrs School, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and St. Ambrose University, and currently works as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.

Krahn was one of nine candidates who took part in the selection process held during the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Parade fundraising party in February. She will be prominently featured in the South Side Irish Parade and will also ride in the downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Krahn will also receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection in April at Ridge Country Club.

The Emerald Isle Mile presented by Running Excels will take place prior to the parade. The run begins at 11:30 a.m. at 104th and Western Avenue and runs the parade route ending at 112th Street. For information and registration, visit the store at 10328 S. Western or the website at

The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization, where more than 100 volunteers work year round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is dedicated to ensuring a safe, family-friendly celebration of Irish heritage and culture. The volunteer committee works with the City of Chicago, local community organizations, schools and neighbors to present a family-friendly annual march down Western Avenue.

Events that lead up to the parade include the South Side Irish Parade Film Fest Sat., Mar. 3 at the Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  The fest will feature an afternoon matinee, an evening feature film and film shorts, plus receptions. Visit for tickets.

The parade’s organizing committee will honor their Grand Marshall by making a march of their own, into frigid Lake Michigan for the Special Olympics Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge on Sun., Mar. 4 at North Avenue Beach. To join the “South Side Irish Pats On Parade” team.

For more information on the parade or parade events, visit

Support BAPA Business Members this Holiday Season

By Kristin Boza

There’s no shortage of shops, restaurants, and service businesses in Beverly/Morgan Park. Here’s the ultimate BAPA business member gift guide for your holiday shopping. During the holidays and all year, support the businesses that support our community.

Organize the Perfect Holiday Party

Call 4 Star Windy City DJs at 708-254-0608 for info on bringing holiday music to your party.

Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., has all the pasta you need – and lots more — to feed a large, hungry crowd. They also offer sandwiches, sides, desserts, bread and salads.

Before the party, spruce up your home with a wide selection of quality paint and beautiful wallpapers from Calumet Paint & Wallpaper, 12120 S. Western. Knowledgeable and helpful staff can direct you to the best options.

County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western is the destination for every ingredient you’ll need if you’re cooking this holiday season. Fresh produce, on-site butcher, and an extensive deli with hot takeaway items will ensure every dish is delectable.

DiCola’s Seafood, 10754 S. Western Ave.:  If you’re hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve, check out the selection of fresh seafood at DiCola’s. Salmon, scallops, catfish and trout are just a few of the many selections available. DiCola’s also offers side dishes and salads to accompany the meal.

Ellie’s Cafe, 10701 S. Hale Ave., offers a catering menu that rivals any home-cooked meal: Turkey, ham, duck and goose as well as numerous potato and vegetable dish options. They even offer brunch catering, perfect for mid-day parties.

Fox’s Beverly Pub, 9956 S. Western, is perfect for catering a more casual get-together. From pizza to burgers to pasta, there’s a hot meal ready to please everyone at your party.

Milano’s Pizza, 10945 S. Western, delivers Chicago-style crispy thin crust pizza that’s perfect for the kids, and deep dish for hungry adults.

Before the big party, give a call to Peace of Mind Professional Organizing to help you declutter your space — for good. Forget shoving your stuff in a closet before guests arrive; get organized the right way! 708-790-1940.

Design the perfect holiday invitation or card with the help from the designers and printers at Solution 3 Graphics, 10547 S. Western. The business offers numerous printed products and services for personal use and businesses.

Deck the halls — and your table — with beautiful fresh flowers and centerpieces, including poinsettias, from Steuber Florist and Greenhouse, 2654 W. 111th St.

Get there early to avoid the lines the famous cheese ball at Swanson’s Deli, 2414 W. 103rd St. While you’re there, stock up on soup, sandwiches and salads for nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.

The Geranium Guild creates unique, customized floral arrangements for weddings, parties and any other special occasion. From centerpieces to bouquets, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you’re looking for a slice to keep the kids happy while you clean the house before the party, or an entire pie (or more) to feed a hungry group at your event, Waldo Cooney’s, 2410 W. 111th St.:  can accommodate. Order online at

Wondering what wine to pair with your meal? Check out Silvia Franco’s What Vino? Beginner Wine Blog for advice on pairings, or even to get more information on the perfect hostess gift.

Date Night Dinner and Drinks

Gather at Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western, for a pint of Guinness or a Bloody Mary. Enjoy live music and various sporting events – both college and pro. Party rooms available.

For over 20 years, Cork and Kerry Tavern, 10614 S. Western, has been a favorite Irish pub. They boast over 20 beers on tap and 40 different bottled or canned beers. Party rooms available.

Franconello’s, 10222 S. Western, serves authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner or a family gathering. Private party accommodations.

Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10934 S. Western, the newest neighborhood brewery, serves delectable brews and other beverages and Chef Cesar’s signature wood-fired pizza along with new menu items.

Daytime Outings with Friends and Family

Bridgeport Coffee, 9135 S. Western, imports its beans direct from their sources around the world, then roasts them on a fluid bed, ensuring not a single bean is burned. Stop in for coffee and treats!

A tried and true favorite, Dunkin’ Donuts, 10401 S. Western, serves hot coffee, warm donuts and breakfast sandwiches. Great place to bring the kids while the adults ingest some caffeine.

For the best pancakes on the South Side, take a trip to the Original Pancake House, 10437 S. Western. It’s a staple for Sunday mornings!

For over 75 years, Top Notch Beef Burgers, 2116 W. 95th St., has been family favorite! The burger is consistently ranked among the top in Chicago. Don’t skip the fries and shakes.

Shops Catering to Everyone on Your List

Beverly Hills MarketPlace, 1809 W. 95th St., offers new and antique home furnishings, and many items crafted by local artisans. Visit to find for unique gifts.

Vinyl has made a comeback! Rebuild your album collection at Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western.

Check out the new, large space including a vast collection of new and used books at Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western. Can’t find an item? Bookie’s can order it for you with fast delivery. Drop off your gently used books for a discount on your next purchase.

Open for 17 years, family-owned Island Furs, 1827 W. 103rd St., sells fur, leather and shearling coats, and provides cleaning, repair and storage.

Since 1910, Klees Golf Shop, 10436 S. Western, has been a family-owned business serving the needs of all golfers. Stop in to see what’s new or visit

For the most unique home furnishings and help with interior design, visit RMH Interiors, 1802 W. 103rd St. Get the home you dream of!

Perfect for the walker or runner in your life, stop into Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave., for shoes, clothing, and gear.

Sheffner’s Jewelers, 2408 W. 111th St, is the place to find the perfect piece of jewelry. They also offer custom-designed pieces, including engagement rings, and are committed to ethical practices.

The Quilter’s Trunk, 10352. S. Western Ave.: For the quilter or sewing enthusiast, The Quilter’s Trunk offers yards of unique fabric and everything you need to put it all together. Check out for more information.

Unique Gifts

Gifts of experience are taking center stage this holiday season. Consider signing up your little dancer for ballet, jazz, tap, and many other classes at Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Classes for adults also available.

Relax and be well at Erin Kelly Massage Therapy & Yoga. Kelly is a licensed massage therapist and heart-centered yoga practitioner. 773-569-1015.

A full-service Aveda salon, Everything’s Relative, 10548 S. Western, is a great place to get your loved one a gift card for a day of beauty www.EverythingsRelativeSalon.

Nails, facials, massage, hair styling and coloring can be found all under one roof at Relaxation Station Salon and Spa, 10655 S. Hale. 773-233-3441.

Get healthy in the new year with the selection of supplements, food, and other organic products at Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St.

Thanks to the many other BAPA Business Members who offer professional services, auto care, medical and dental services, and so much more. When shopping, please choose the businesses who so generously support BAPA and our community. Find a directory of BAPA businesses at

BAPA MemberProfile: Bev Lynch, Running Excels

Bev Lynch, owner of Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, is an avid BAPA supporter. The store sells running shoes, clothing and accessories for runners at every stage — from casual runners to those training for a marathon.

“BAPA does a great job of supporting me and all businesses in the neighborhood,” Lynch said.  “They’ve written articles about the store and my presence in the neighborhood, and they advertise our races and events.” Lynch was also happy to have Running Excels as the designated packet pick-up spot for the Ridge Run. “They set up the packets here, which gives my store great exposure and adds a little excitement to the racers picking up their packet in a running store,” she said.

Running Excels is dedicated to helping runners and walkers throughout the neighborhood reach their goals with the proper equipment and coaching. The store has a competition for anyone in the neighborhood to run the “Eagle” as a part of their “Run Beverly” program. The Eagle is a 6-mile route mapped out in the shape of an eagle; if a runner completes it 25 times they earn a t-shirt; 50 times for a $50 Running Excels gift card; 75 times for a Running Excels gift bag; and 100 times the runner earns a party and raffle entry for shoes. A weekly running group meets on Tues. and Thurs. at 6 p.m., and Sat. at 7 a.m. However, runners don’t have to run with the club to complete the Eagle.

Through the running app Strava, runners track their runs of the Eagle, which Lynch can access to keep track of the number of times an individual runs it. “The challenge runs through the end of the year, and you can run as often as you want and whenever it’s convenient for you,” Lynch said.

Start the Year with a Plan for Fitness

If you’ve made the resolution to get – or stay – fit this year, there are a lot of neighborhood places where you can make that happen. How do you decide which place has what you’re looking for? Many offer a first class at no or low cost, so trying several would be great. Here’s some insight on where you can start.

Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W.  103rd St., offers classes for those who are new to yoga, as well as people who are looking for a class to completely relax or to develop strength and flexibility. Learn to meditate classes are also on the schedule. The open and airy sun lit space is a welcoming place to feel at home to practice yoga, breathe and be kind to your body.  Email: Phone: 773-239-9642. Website:

Barre it All, 3203 W. 111th St., offers a signature class that uses a barre with a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and pilates to achieve long, lean muscles.. Email: Phone: 773-727-8216. Website:

Treadfit, 10458 S Western, is the only workout of its kind in the neighborhood, combining cardio and strength to torch fat, increase endurance, and build muscle, while utilizing heart rate monitors to track calorie burn and heart rate zones. Clients on average will burn between 400-800 calories per class. Phone: 312-206-6090. Website:

Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, offers free running groups that meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm., and Saturdays at 7 a.m. New this year they are using the Strava app which keeps track of how many times anyone runs the Running Excels training route.  Once the participant reach 25 times, the walker or runner will receive a free t-shirt. Other items will be earned once it is done 50 times and 75 times, and a party will be thrown when participants reach 100 times. The route can be found on the website. Email: Phone: 773-629-8587. Website: