On Sunday 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., from 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. Tour locations are open 12 to 5 p.m.

BAPA Home Expo

The new Home Expo will host a variety of home renovation experts and trades offering information and ideas on aspects of tending, improving and restoring vintage homes. Visitors are invited to talk to interior designers, wood restoration experts, people who offer eco-friendly services, and companies that offer roofing, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, decking, paint and more.

People considering home projects are welcome to participate in the AIA Chicago Ask An Architect program that connect residential architects with a new generation of homeowners looking to expand or improve their homes. Bungalows, two-flats, or new construction—architects will be standing by with personalized advice.  AIA Chicago architects will be on hand for 20 consultations. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information about your home so the architects can assist you in the best possible way.

A break-out session on restoring vintage woodwork and architectural elements will be offered at 11 a.m. by specialists from Oak Brothers Historic Restoration

Admission to the BAPA Home Expo is free.

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.

A special feature of the Home Tour is the Longwood Drive historic home once owned by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary Club, 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.

Also being showcased on the tour are a stunning home built just ten years ago and designed with a contemporary Tudor influence that meshes beautifully into the vintage character of the surrounding neighborhood; a handsome French eclectic style home designed by Murray Hetherington and built in 1935 on a secluded lot nestled at the edge of the forest preserves; a charming central Beverly house with a brand new, custom-designed kitchen; and a stately North Beverly home with a warm and welcoming traditional appeal carried through from the original home into a stunning two-story addition.

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. At each location, tour visitors will enjoy hospitality experiences that include craft beer and specialty food tastings, the Calumet Paint and Wallpaper paint showcase, music, plein air painting and more.

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 at www.bapa.org  https://bapa.org/calendar/bapa-home-tour/ or $35 on the day of the tour. Home Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m.

Information about the BAPA Home Expo and or Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour contact BAPA, (773) 233-3100 or bapa@bapa.org, or visit www.bapa.org.